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Editorial Musings with Basil Ramsey

Do we understand 'normality'?

Yet another year speeds to its close, and Easter will then be the day after tomorrow. The illusion of time moving faster than ever is clearly linked to acceptance of the pressures which we increasingly endure in a world obsessed with speed and output. Heaven knows why we accept them as 'normal'. Normality is something we often invent in the conviction that it is obligatory. Rubbish.

Our daily magazine for music lovers is a modest attempt to publish something perceptive about aspects of Music that you may have given less thought to than expected. No pressure is applied to comply: you click the page onwards without further thought, or go elsewhere. At least this facility remains ready day and night, a 'service' that we may take for granted in the wake of this revolution in continuous accessibility that children are born to. They do not regard it as exceptional as we slightly-bemused adults born into a pre-computer age when thinking had marginally more relevance than now.

In its modest way, this daily contribution to musical understanding has now proved itself to the world of music in about 100 countries, and this astonishes us as it may astonish you. Those people anxious to decry the value of the computer in general enlightenment ought to consider such small miracles as entirely beneficial to the world at large.

You are ever welcome to suggest aspects of the vastness of Music awaiting attention for the average reader. The greater the mix of subjects the better our service to the community.

Copyright © 25 December 2004 Basil Ramsey, Yorkshire UK


The Editor and staff of Music & Vision would like to thank all those who have helped us to publish the magazine during 2004. Some of these people and organisations are listed below:

Ralph Kulling      Janet Hales      Charlotte Ooi      Rebecca Davis      Stephen Wright      Sissy von Kotzebue      Christina O'hart      Bayerische Rundfunk      Nicki Marsh      Piers Adams      OgreOgress Productions      Finlandia Records      George Georgakakos      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Circles International      Sybille Werner      Peter Dickinson      Deux-Elles Ltd      Alice McVeigh      Tamami Honma      Virgin Classics      Grace Lee      Libra Records Ltd      Eroica Classical Recordings      Presteigne Festival      Shirley Ratcliffe      Rita Brameld      People Image      Tzadik      Adrien Cotta      Jonathan Sayles      Cala Records Ltd      Kristen Theriault      Jeanne O'Keefe      Harry Schiffer      Danjulo Ishizaka      Daniel Burges      Fibonacci Sequence      Green Room Productions      Peter Howell      J Henry Fair      Celia Ballantyne      Hypovereinsbank      EMI Records Ltd      Robbie Jack      Wolfram Rieger      Chris Ford      Kaysh Shinn      David Bramhall      Matthew O'Sullivan      Jo Carpenter      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Patric Standford      The late Rev David Thompson      Welsh National Opera      Chesky Records Inc      Jane Cunning      Orchestrutopica      David Ellis      Lisa Pring      Emily Darrow      London Concord Singers      Frances Godden      

Chandos Records      Lawrence Budmen      Garden Opera      harmonia mundi      CPO      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Europamusicale      Kelly Ferjutz      Kim Stanford      Jason Starr      Eugenia Ames      Andrew Eccles      Paul Minotto      Anne Kirchbach      Angelika Roessler      Bayerische Staatsoper      Graham Williams      Robert Anderson      Lady Barbirolli      Jeff Loughlin      Blue Pearl Records      Harry Heleotis      Borjan Canev      Brian Bumby      Rhea Kang      Norton Paperback Fiction      Arne Winkler      David Lipp      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Annie Burge      Mutable Music      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Todd Paris      Susan Alcock      Monica McCabe      Keith Saunders      Royal Northern College of Music      T V Sairam      Jim Robson      Jeffrey James      Wilfried Hösl      Lutz Sternstein      Sotone Historic Recordings      David Stock      Claves Records      Gerard Schurmann      Helen Gill      Mikael Winroth      Emma Dain      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Ron Bierman      James Galway      Mike Edwards      Holger Badekow      Rika Lino      Manus Carey      M L Hart      Barry Maufe      Tall Poppies Records      Amy Rogers      Sally Burningham      Chipperfield Photography      

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Linda Litwack      Primrose Metcalf      Gernsbeck      Bill Newman      Alistair Hinton      American Composers Forum      Bayer Records      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Munich Philharmonic      Peter Morgan      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Schott Archieve      David Hughes      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Meikui Matsushima      Royal College of Music      Volksoper Wien      Karuna Records      Ashley Wass      William Copper      Lynsey Docherty      Dutton Laboratories      Bob Schneider      J Scheerder      Béla Mezey      Cristofori Foundation      DGB Records      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Eric Klug      Eric Laeskogen      Brana Records      John Rusnak      Peter Wass      Glyndebourne Opera      Alfred Frass      Daniel Rubinoff      Arena PAL      Ken Butcher      Ivor Bramich      Eric Mahoudeau      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Verlag Neue Musik      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Geraldine Buchanan      Regine Koerner      Buxton Festival      Marc Ginot      Rai Trade      ORF      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Philip Crebbin      Celeste Bacon      Chris Grist      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Chika Takeuchi      Jo Ashwell      Paul Pollei      Reinhardt Werner      Enid Luff      Martin Torp      G Thum      London Concertante      Kate Manning      

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Finally we would like to wish all our readers the compliments of the season, and invite you to continue visit the magazine each day for something new and hopefully inspiring, each day during the holiday season and beyond.

You shall know the truth and 
the truth will set you free 
based on the Infinite.

Without the infinite we would
not be here to receive any of 
the gifts with which we are all
blessed. Until we are willing to 
open ourselves to the Spirit,
none of these gifts can flow.

In faith this is the simplest of 
things to do, but we have to
learn to sit quietly and let the
spirit channel through us.

I'm sure musicians and people 
who work with the arts realise
that the spirit is the guiding
force in all they do. When you
feel the Spirit this enables you
to seek and find the truth that
makes you free.

a friend


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