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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:

Enid Luff      Garden Opera      Arena PAL      Opera Holland Park      Stephen Wright      Peter Cooper      Anja Ullrich      Jayang Jung      Eric Laeskogen      Robbie Jack      Video Arts International      Aulos Musikado      Regine Koerner      Adrien Cotta      Lindsay Lozon      Presteigne Festival      David Angell      Jill Kramer      The late Rev David Thompson      Tamami Honma      Alan Hedges      Tania Pergamenschikow      Maria Nockin      Lisa Pring      Virgin Classics      Claves Records      Welsh National Opera      Wilfried Hösl      Richard Partridge      Rebecca Schiffman      Susan Alcock      Micaela Pittaluga      John Credland      Medici Classics      Laurence Lewis      Klaus Rudolph      Rai Trade      David Lipp      Tzadik      ORF      Peter Jaggard      Wolfgang Schnabl      Kornald Music      Violetta Egorova      Munich Philharmonic      A T Schaefer      Colin Bramich      Ralph Kulling      Rika Lino      Yolanda Zumaeta      John Bell Young      DGB Records      Lady Barbirolli      Béla Mezey      Chris Grist      harmonia mundi      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Rob Ramsey      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Shirley Bramich      Eva Fampas      Borjan Canev      Nick Prag      

Rastrelli Cello Quartet      American Composers Forum      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Gary Hickling      Eric Klug      Isidor Records      Tiberio Snaidero      Katja Brooijmans      Fairbanks      Alistair Hinton      London Sinfonietta      Bayer Records      Cala Records Ltd      ECM Records GmbH      Brian Tarr      Tall Poppies Records      Blue Pearl Records      Jorge Colón      Erin Christman      Dimo Dimov      Peter Morgan      John McCabe      Adrian Williams      Finlandia Records      Decca Music Group Ltd      Malcolm Miller      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Victoria Bragin      Richard Black      Hypovereinsbank      Marco Borggreve      Graz Tourismus      Danielle Woerner      Brian Bumby      Marc Ginot      Greg Barns      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Alastair Muir      Dutton Laboratories      Laszlo Bodor      Karuna Records      J Henry Fair      Jo Carpenter      Jessica Gould      Annette Wittkopf      Jenny Crossland      Primrose Metcalf      Catriona Chatterley      English Chamber Orchestra      Simax Classics      University of Illinois Press      Vladislav Kovalsky      Neil Zaslaw      Salzburg Festival      Green Room Productions      T V Sairam      Sissy von Kotzebue      Jeffrey James      Eugenia Papadimas      London Concertante      Matthew O'Sullivan      Carolyn Nott      Circles International      

Haenssler Classics      T Linwood      Paul Pollei      Chris Ford      Alexan Zakyan      Daniel Rubinoff      Mitch Jenkins      Sara Henry      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Chandos Records      Rex Harley      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Mutable Music      Stephanie Cowell      ASV Ltd      Colin Willoughby      Abendzeitung München      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Roderic Dunnett      Zimbel Press     Longborough Festival Opera      HLM Classics      Medici Choir      David Stars      David Jones      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Holger Badekow      Fonit Cetra      Jeanne O'Keefe      Angelika Roessler      Amy Isard      OgreOgress Productions      Ken Butcher      Gerard Schurmann      Mikael Winroth      Eroica Classical Recordings      Ana Papakhian      Burning River Brass      Alexander Hawley      Christine Strub      James Galway      Lucy Penwarden      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Larry A Russell      London Concord Singers      Anne Kirchbach      Grace Lee      Sotone Historic Recordings      M N Robert      Divas Records      Harry Heleotis      Jonathan Sayles      Nicolas Bruant      Rolando Villazon      Lawrence Budmen      Gordon Rumson      Daniel Burges      Alice McVeigh      Ostkreuz      George Georgakakos      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Belinda Sykes      Real Sound srl      

Royal Northern College of Music      Nikky Johnston      Chipperfield Photography      G Thum      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Keith Saunders      Norton Paperback Fiction      Eric Mahoudeau      Steve Zorc      Martin Torp      Graham Williams      Bill Newman      Charlotte Ooi      Orchestrutopica      Bettina Pauli      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      David Bramhall      Andreas Malkmus      Rhea Kang      Martin Berkofsky      Helen Sims      Brana Records      Vienna Modern Masters      Mike Edwards      Sherlock Fortuin      Sasha Gusov      Lutz Sternstein      Buxton Festival      Celeste Bacon      Deux-Elles Ltd      Nonsuch Singers      Tanglewood Festival      Sybille Werner      Volksoper Wien      EMI Records Ltd      Albany Records      Harry Schiffer      Sven Helbig      Kim Stanford      Paul Richardson      Mark Bramich      Eugenia Ames      Adriana Soaita      Barry Maufe      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Warner Classics      University of Alaska      Philip Crebbin      Cristofori Foundation      Rita Brameld      I Fagiolini      Janet Hales      Rebecca Davis      New Edinburgh Orchestra      People Image      English Touring Opera      Lynsey Docherty      Alexandra Vosding      William Copper      Thomas Hampson      Danjulo Ishizaka      Peter Dickinson      Dan Locklair      

Andrew Eccles      British Youth Opera      Steve Sherman      Bayerische Rundfunk      Apapaziz Productions      Helen Gill      David Ellis      Sue Johnson      Nathan J Silverman      Kristen Theriault      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Yuri Izawa      David Hughes      Kronberg Academy      Bayerische Staatsoper      Katarina Freiberger      Jennifer Paull      Deutsche Grammophon      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Alfred Frass      Celia Ballantyne      Frances Godden      CPO      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Julia Ionides      Patric Standford      Arne Winkler      Christina O'hart      Paul Sarcich      Ivor Bramich      Wilfrid Mellers      Axel Zeininger      Bob Schneider      Malcolm Tattersall      HNH International Ltd      Jo Ashwell      J Scheerder      Katarina Soderberg      Monica McCabe      Sue Reiss      Bampton Classical Opera      Piers Adams      John Rusnak      Barrie Rogers      Manus Carey      Carson Cooman      Stella Dickinson      Stu Rosner      Clive Barda      Linda Litwack      M L Hart      Robert Anderson      Megan Fenselau      Denis ApIvor      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Fibonacci Sequence      Roger Mastroianni      Iain C Steel      Disques du Solstice      TDK Mediactive      Fabrizio Ferrari      Belinda Morgan      

Jim Robson      Jeff Loughlin      Chesky Records Inc      Peter Howell      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      BIS Records AB      Jens Rötzsch      Priory Records Ltd      Nicki Marsh      Shirley Ratcliffe      Catherine Ashmore      George Vass      Libra Records Ltd      Glyndebourne Opera      Royal College of Music      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Kaysh Shinn      Howard Smith      Viorel Anton      Geraldine Buchanan      Grant Smith      Todd Paris      Emily Darrow      Peter Wass      Tess Crebbin      Bill Cooper      BEL AIR Media      Chika Takeuchi      David Wilkins      Reinhardt Werner      Rudolf Budja      Meikui Matsushima      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Annie Burge      Emma Dain      Ron Bierman      Verlag Neue Musik      Kate Manning      Mike Leale      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Europamusicale      Paul Minotto      Jason Starr      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Risto Lauriala      Jane Cunning      Robert Hugill      Cecilia McDowall      Amy Rogers      Kelly Ferjutz      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Louise Ringrose      Wolfram Rieger      Chris Christodoulou      Oliver Oppitz      Schott Archieve      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      David Stock      Dvora Lewis      Lucille Phillips      Ashley Wass      Sally Burningham      Gernsbeck      

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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