The passing of this year has been the quickest ever for Ates Orga, Keith
Bramich and myself. In a few days' time Music & Vision will have
appeared with some new content on each of the 365 days of the year. Now
we prepare for not only another year but the 21st century. All of this has
an enormous dimension. To grasp it fully and to comprehend it fully is another
matter, and we mortals may be forgiven for shrinking a little inside ourselves.
Mankind's challenges are now unavoidable, so ways of surmounting them will
require immense courage. The Arts provide a glorious diversion to those
of us who have chosen this way to enrich our lives. So let Music &
Vision play a regular part in bringing you a diversity of thoughts and
opinion on the ever-increasing global interest for music that has relevance
We give our deepest thanks to all those who have contributed in whatever
way to making Music & Vision a success through 365 daily editions.
It is simply astonishing and wonderful to have seen it happen.
Everyone who has contributed by assisting this magazine's daily appearance
is listed here. They are legion and receive our most grateful thanks.
Maybe some of you will now expect a peep at astonishing plans for the
year 2000. Not so, except to promise a year full of musical nourishment
and a perpetual watch for the ever-expanding internet to initiate new ideas
and techniques. Some of these will prove of use in adding value to the interaction
of Music & Vision and its readers.
Our principal task remains the publication of words on music. A special
invitation is given to those anywhere in the world who have knowledge about
music - in the worthiest sense - and can write about those tributaries from
the mainstream of music that are fruitful yet easily overlooked.
Personal contact with us, usually by email, is increasing and we encourage letters. There is usually
a small delay if answers require some thought or even research. But do keep
in touch, and also send letters for publication should you have the urge,
whether they are fuelled by excitement or good solid anger. Our hides get
thicker by the day so you are unlikely to penetrate too far. We'll take
A very merry Christmas to all our readers.
Basil Ramsey, 25 December 1999