Monday morning blues
A jinxed computer (amongst other things)
Basil Ramsey: Keith, I feel an Editorial coming on ...
Keith Bramich: Oh no! ... can't we think of anything better for
Monday morning than this?
BR: Well it is Monday morning, and traditionally linked with the
KB: I was just a bit concerned that too many Editorials [Basil's last
was 14 February] might get some of our
readers' backs up.
BR: Considering the date of my last Editorial, I'm amazed that no reader
has so far written in desperation for the next!
KB: Maybe the feedback form
isn't working ...?
BR: Can you check it?
KB : .... it seems ok. Mind you, your computer doesn't look too healthy
at the moment. Do you think it was such a good idea to start a daily
magazine with a jinxed computer?
BR: No, but I'm in the habit of doing foolish things, which occasionally
take a turn for the better.
KB: I've got no answer to that ... what about our contents page, though?
BR: What about it?
KB: It's a real mess! Take
a look - it was ok for about the first half of January, but we've got
too much content now just to list everything in chronological order. We
need lots of content pages and a search facility. How else is anyone going to find Peter Dale's Survivor's Guide
when it's been buried under another month of daily content? It was nice
to meet Peter on Friday, though.
BR: Yes, he is a remarkably good musician and writer, with a talent for
finding the best in any person that he meets, which demonstrates his rapport
KB: I'd love to write a 'casualties of 20th century music' article in
answer - it's a good job I'm not capable.
BR: I can imagine such a subject to be vast and mostly depressing ...
KB: I don't think that our recent articles on neglected composers have
BR: No - because composers are a tough tribe and fight on - artists with
an urgent message that not many people really hear.
KB: There are thousands of sad stories - one of the prices music today
pays for its excellence is that so many musicians never make it.
BR: Strange, but nature is bountiful and wasteful.
KB: Yes, we should have harnessed some of the waste for M&V instead
of this conversation!
BR: Always in my mind is the amount of global talent which may write
convincingly about music and musical experiences if it had the chance.
KB: Yes - there's some good writing posted to classical music newsgroups
and mailing lists - reviews of concerts and CDs, and even lengthy discussions
about the future of orchestras, for example. One of the problems, though,
is in sorting out the brilliant writing from the indifferent ...
BR: Well, we must always encourage people to write about matters for
which they feel passionate concern. Which, I suppose, is my way of saying
to all who read this that they are most welcome to submit material on musical
subjects if they feel an urge to share their thoughts with other people.
Enough of that - where's the coffee? Then I will find an Editorial
Music & Vision suffered rather severe server problems at the
weekend. All should be back to normal now. Please accept our apologies if
you tried to reach the magazine. Basil Ramsey will write an Editorial for
next Monday - computers permitting.
Coming this week, on Wednesday, Record Box looks at music by Mendelssohn
and Uccellini, and on Thursday, Richard Graves begins another short series
of By the way ... with a look at a particular
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