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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:

Harry Schiffer      Cecilia McDowall      Robert Anderson      Steve Zorc      University of Alaska      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Deux-Elles Ltd      English Chamber Orchestra      David Bramhall      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Tiberio Snaidero      Brana Records      Eroica Classical Recordings      Richard Partridge      Priory Records Ltd      Haenssler Classics      Rita Brameld      Mike Edwards      Bampton Classical Opera      Simax Classics      Munich Philharmonic      Anja Ullrich      Nicki Marsh      Rebecca Davis      Jorge Colón      DGB Records      Mutable Music      Tess Crebbin      Cristofori Foundation      Rika Lino      Amy Rogers      TDK Mediactive      Lutz Sternstein      John Rusnak      Bayerische Rundfunk      Apapaziz Productions      Anne Kirchbach      Peter Morgan      M N Robert      Fabrizio Ferrari      Rob Ramsey      Erin Christman      Jason Starr      Emily Darrow      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Monica McCabe      Christina O'hart      Katja Brooijmans      Colin Willoughby      Axel Zeininger      Alistair Hinton      Carolyn Nott      Martin Torp      Sara Henry      Dimo Dimov      Manus Carey      Decca Music Group Ltd      Oliver Oppitz      Colin Bramich      Violetta Egorova      Buxton Festival      Harry Heleotis      Yuri Izawa      

Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Bettina Pauli      David Stock      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Jeff Loughlin      Glyndebourne Opera      Kristen Theriault      John Credland      Grant Smith      Larry A Russell      Cala Records Ltd      Amy Isard      Wilfried Hösl      Jo Ashwell      A T Schaefer      Fibonacci Sequence      Matthew O'Sullivan      Paul Richardson      James Galway      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Megan Fenselau      HLM Classics      Lady Barbirolli      Eugenia Ames      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Sybille Werner      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Nikky Johnston      Finlandia Records      Nicolas Bruant      Todd Paris      Belinda Sykes      Tanglewood Festival      Dutton Laboratories      Celia Ballantyne      American Composers Forum      Chandos Records      Christine Strub      Marc Ginot      Rex Harley      Meikui Matsushima      Angelika Roessler      Lucille Phillips      Adrien Cotta      Wolfgang Schnabl      Stu Rosner      Brian Bumby      Danjulo Ishizaka      Patric Standford      Stephen Wright      Iain C Steel      Verlag Neue Musik      Welsh National Opera      David Ellis      Kronberg Academy      Holger Badekow      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Primrose Metcalf      Jens Rötzsch      Laurence Lewis      Roderic Dunnett      Roger Mastroianni      

The late Rev David Thompson      Micaela Pittaluga      Eugenia Papadimas      Peter Jaggard      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      London Sinfonietta      Real Sound srl      Chris Grist      Bob Schneider      BIS Records AB      Janet Hales      Maria Nockin      Sasha Gusov      Sven Helbig      Jayang Jung      Green Room Productions      Ashley Wass      Isidor Records      Louise Ringrose      English Touring Opera      Hypovereinsbank      Alexan Zakyan      Alastair Muir      Jim Robson      Susan Alcock      J Henry Fair      Nick Prag      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Catherine Ashmore      Grace Lee      Lindsay Lozon      Blue Pearl Records      Rebecca Schiffman      Malcolm Miller      Jenny Crossland      Ralph Kulling      Adriana Soaita      Helen Sims      T V Sairam      Fonit Cetra      Gordon Rumson      Kelly Ferjutz      Ron Bierman      Opera Holland Park      Kate Manning      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Paul Pollei      Medici Choir      Katarina Freiberger      M L Hart      Greg Barns      Paul Minotto      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Lisa Pring      ASV Ltd      Warner Classics      Shirley Bramich      Borjan Canev      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Andreas Malkmus      Geraldine Buchanan      Burning River Brass      

David Jones      Graz Tourismus      Rudolf Budja      Longborough Festival Opera      Peter Cooper      Bill Newman      Ana Papakhian      John McCabe      Brian Tarr      Sally Burningham      ECM Records GmbH      Claves Records      Wolfram Rieger      Gerard Schurmann      Bill Cooper      Mike Leale      Eric Laeskogen      Marco Borggreve      Chris Christodoulou      BEL AIR Media      Dvora Lewis      Alexandra Vosding      Lynsey Docherty      Julia Ionides      Jonathan Sayles      Garden Opera      Enid Luff      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Frances Godden      Libra Records Ltd      Jane Cunning      George Vass      Linda Litwack      Medici Classics      Neil Zaslaw      Katarina Soderberg      London Concord Singers      Reinhardt Werner      Dan Locklair      Kim Stanford      OgreOgress Productions      Ken Butcher      Peter Howell      Disques du Solstice      Annie Burge      Orchestrutopica      Circles International      David Angell      Howard Smith      Rai Trade      Celeste Bacon      University of Illinois Press      Béla Mezey      Robbie Jack      Royal Northern College of Music      Jennifer Paull      Alan Hedges      Gernsbeck      David Wilkins      Peter Wass      Abendzeitung München      Robert Hugill      Lawrence Budmen      

Annette Wittkopf      Daniel Burges      Rolando Villazon      Eric Mahoudeau      Viorel Anton      Jeanne O'Keefe      George Georgakakos      John Bell Young      Philip Crebbin      Keith Saunders      Victoria Bragin      Aulos Musikado      Sue Reiss      David Stars      Albany Records      Regine Koerner      Alice McVeigh      Richard Black      Rhea Kang      Stella Dickinson      Europamusicale      Chris Ford      Risto Lauriala      Presteigne Festival      Alfred Frass      HNH International Ltd      Nonsuch Singers      Bayerische Staatsoper      Salzburg Festival      Bayer Records      Vienna Modern Masters      Tania Pergamenschikow      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Royal College of Music      Ostkreuz      Divas Records      Virgin Classics      Lucy Penwarden      J Scheerder      Sissy von Kotzebue      Alexander Hawley      Malcolm Tattersall      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      David Hughes      ORF      Barrie Rogers      Mark Bramich      Kornald Music      T Linwood      Graham Williams      Belinda Morgan      Chesky Records Inc      Charlotte Ooi      Tzadik      People Image      Tall Poppies Records      Mitch Jenkins      Daniel Rubinoff      Danielle Woerner      Paul Sarcich      Sotone Historic Recordings      London Concertante      

Peter Dickinson      Deutsche Grammophon      Vladislav Kovalsky      Schott Archieve      Gary Hickling      Martin Berkofsky      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Shirley Ratcliffe      G Thum      harmonia mundi      Catriona Chatterley      Ivor Bramich      Jeffrey James      Chika Takeuchi      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Denis ApIvor      Jill Kramer      I Fagiolini      CPO      Nathan J Silverman      EMI Records Ltd      Karuna Records      Kaysh Shinn      Laszlo Bodor      Fairbanks      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Volksoper Wien      Klaus Rudolph      William Copper      Video Arts International      Jessica Gould      Zimbel Press     Royal Opera Covent Garden      Helen Gill      Adrian Williams      Sue Johnson      Emma Dain      Eric Klug      David Lipp      Sherlock Fortuin      Wilfrid Mellers      Thomas Hampson      Barry Maufe      Clive Barda      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Stephanie Cowell      Andrew Eccles      Piers Adams      British Youth Opera      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Carson Cooman      Norton Paperback Fiction      Chipperfield Photography      Mikael Winroth      Steve Sherman      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Yolanda Zumaeta      Jo Carpenter      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Tamami Honma      Eva Fampas      Arne Winkler      Arena PAL      

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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