to all those who have helped with
Music & Vision in some way
during the year 2000 :
Shirley & Ivor Bramich
Chamber Music America
Hilary Davan Wetton
The Emerson Quartet
The Ivor Gurney Society
Iceland Music Information Centre
Dr Anders Johansson
Elisabeth Lang Brown
Monica and John McCabe
Gian Carlo Menotti
John Bell Young
A further thankyou list was
published in December 1999
It is Christmas again -- so soon, as many people say with disbelief, and
some with trepidation. The years appear to shrink as we move forward, with
puzzled feelings as we look back. I take the view that life in general becomes
increasingly frenetic, which in itself turns day-to-day living into a blur
of events. Time appears to vanish into the past with ever-increasing momentum.
Some of us feel disturbed and even disorientated.
There is little that we average folk can do, except to take a grip on
facts rather than fiction. But if Music is in our lives, let it take an
increasing part as food for the soul. It inhabits a special zone. So many
people can testify to the profound influence that the sounds of music have
on their well being, both mind and body. And a minority will argue that
without music life loses much of its savour.
I veer now from music itself to our internet magazine, for which there's
a good reason. Every day for two years now we have published Music &
Vision to provide a regular assortment of writing about music. From
the statistics available we have experienced an eight-fold increase in the
monthly tally of page clicks, a rate that steadily increases every month.
We shall start 2001 in anticipation that this momentum will be maintained,
which encourages some enlargement of our daily output, although we will
refrain from over indulgence. Our CD
browser pages are now redesigned, and easier to read and use by potential
buyers. All editors look for readership involvement, so if the invitation
to tell us how you feel about Music
& Vision is accepted, it will be welcomed and acknowledged.
Our devotion to this magazine's development and to the thousands of its
readers and contributors never diminishes. Music is endlessly fascinating;
music touches every living soul in some way; musical invention is as active
as ever; and music as a creative art remains undiminished.
Enjoy Christmas and anticipate a good new year.