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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

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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:

Wolfgang Schnabl      Dutton Laboratories      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Fabrizio Ferrari      Lutz Sternstein      Royal Northern College of Music      M L Hart      Dan Locklair      Wolfram Rieger      University of Illinois Press      Finlandia Records      HLM Classics      Disques du Solstice      Hypovereinsbank      Emma Dain      Anne Kirchbach      Nicolas Bruant      Adrian Williams      Welsh National Opera      George Georgakakos      BIS Records AB      Jo Ashwell      Ron Bierman      Danjulo Ishizaka      Shirley Bramich      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      M N Robert      Jorge Colón      Glyndebourne Opera      David Bramhall      Rai Trade      Robert Anderson      Paul Minotto      Kronberg Academy      Belinda Sykes      Rolando Villazon      Haenssler Classics      Catriona Chatterley      Frances Godden      Angelika Roessler      Peter Morgan      Patric Standford      Yolanda Zumaeta      Peter Wass      Cristofori Foundation      Simax Classics      Bettina Pauli      Martin Berkofsky      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      ORF      Orchestrutopica      Paul Richardson      Sven Helbig      Warner Classics      Brana Records      Larry A Russell      Julia Ionides      Annette Wittkopf      Borjan Canev      Gordon Rumson      Stephanie Cowell      Janet Hales      A T Schaefer      

Jeff Loughlin      Wilfried Hösl      Blue Pearl Records      Alistair Hinton      Ken Butcher      Katarina Freiberger      Lucille Phillips      Norton Paperback Fiction      Presteigne Festival      Katarina Soderberg      Bob Schneider      Europamusicale      Rob Ramsey      Tess Crebbin      Peter Cooper      Buxton Festival      Megan Fenselau      Carolyn Nott      Rhea Kang      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Bampton Classical Opera      Meikui Matsushima      Bill Cooper      ECM Records GmbH      Primrose Metcalf      English Touring Opera      Verlag Neue Musik      Zimbel Press     Nathan J Silverman      Kim Stanford      Viorel Anton      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Vladislav Kovalsky      Robbie Jack      Cala Records Ltd      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Peter Dickinson      Ana Papakhian      Eric Mahoudeau      Burning River Brass      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Deux-Elles Ltd      James Galway      Emily Darrow      Medici Classics      HNH International Ltd      Keith Saunders      Grant Smith      Jason Starr      Paul Pollei      Micaela Pittaluga      Royal College of Music      Rita Brameld      Oliver Oppitz      Clive Barda      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Harry Schiffer      Ashley Wass      Shirley Ratcliffe      Tiberio Snaidero      Lynsey Docherty      Jenny Crossland      Mike Edwards      

Ivor Bramich      Eric Laeskogen      Brian Tarr      Rebecca Schiffman      Amy Isard      Gerard Schurmann      Annie Burge      David Ellis      Jennifer Paull      Barry Maufe      Tamami Honma      Chris Ford      Alfred Frass      Howard Smith      Todd Paris      Mitch Jenkins      Divas Records      Sally Burningham      Alan Hedges      Garden Opera      John Bell Young      Steve Zorc      Video Arts International      Karuna Records      Steve Sherman      harmonia mundi      London Concertante      Roger Mastroianni      Albany Records      Erin Christman      Gary Hickling      Linda Litwack      Fibonacci Sequence      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Jens Rötzsch      Sherlock Fortuin      Klaus Rudolph      Louise Ringrose      Isidor Records      ASV Ltd      Sue Reiss      Regine Koerner      Rika Lino      Laszlo Bodor      Rex Harley      G Thum      Graham Williams      Danielle Woerner      Chesky Records Inc      Daniel Rubinoff      OgreOgress Productions      Barrie Rogers      Circles International      Piers Adams      Abendzeitung München      Jeanne O'Keefe      Catherine Ashmore      TDK Mediactive      Tanglewood Festival      Vienna Modern Masters      John Rusnak      Lawrence Budmen      

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Philip Crebbin      George Vass      Thomas Hampson      Amy Rogers      Dimo Dimov      Dvora Lewis      Nicki Marsh      Chris Grist      Longborough Festival Opera      Richard Partridge      Monica McCabe      Kristen Theriault      Jonathan Sayles      William Copper      Kate Manning      I Fagiolini      Chika Takeuchi      Nick Prag      Malcolm Tattersall      Medici Choir      London Concord Singers      John Credland      Fonit Cetra      Iain C Steel      Yuri Izawa      Paul Sarcich      Kelly Ferjutz      Tania Pergamenschikow      London Sinfonietta      Ostkreuz      British Youth Opera      Ralph Kulling      Bayer Records      Munich Philharmonic      Andrew Eccles      Axel Zeininger      Jane Cunning      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      David Wilkins      Andreas Malkmus      Lisa Pring      Marco Borggreve      Alice McVeigh      Aulos Musikado      Opera Holland Park      Maria Nockin      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Roderic Dunnett      Bill Newman      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Eroica Classical Recordings      Carson Cooman      Deutsche Grammophon      Green Room Productions      University of Alaska      Eric Klug      Celeste Bacon      Tzadik      Matthew O'Sullivan      Chandos Records      Nikky Johnston      Decca Music Group Ltd      Helen Gill      

Adrien Cotta      David Hughes      J Scheerder      Mike Leale      Sotone Historic Recordings      Nonsuch Singers      Jill Kramer      Alastair Muir      Kornald Music      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Daniel Burges      English Chamber Orchestra      J Henry Fair      Lady Barbirolli      Katja Brooijmans      Stella Dickinson      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Violetta Egorova      Robert Hugill      EMI Records Ltd      Sasha Gusov      David Angell      Bayerische Staatsoper      Laurence Lewis      Susan Alcock      Rudolf Budja      Harry Heleotis      Mutable Music      Peter Howell      Alexander Hawley      Stu Rosner      CPO      Victoria Bragin      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Christina O'hart      Jeffrey James      Wilfrid Mellers      Mark Bramich      Orfeo International Music GmbH      The late Rev David Thompson      Geraldine Buchanan      Malcolm Miller      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Mikael Winroth      People Image      Apapaziz Productions      Lucy Penwarden      Salzburg Festival      Martin Torp      Claves Records      Eugenia Ames      Denis ApIvor      Charlotte Ooi      Cecilia McDowall      David Stars      Belinda Morgan      Helen Sims      Priory Records Ltd      Lindsay Lozon      David Jones      David Lipp      Alexan Zakyan      

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.

Signed,
a friend

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