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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:

London Concord Singers      Rudolf Budja      Andreas Malkmus      Lawrence Budmen      Catriona Chatterley      Opera Holland Park      Royal Northern College of Music      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Dvora Lewis      OgreOgress Productions      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Jeff Loughlin      John McCabe      Cala Records Ltd      A T Schaefer      Megan Fenselau      Jim Robson      Laurence Lewis      Belinda Sykes      Charlotte Ooi      Bayerische Staatsoper      Vladislav Kovalsky      Sara Henry      Europamusicale      Fonit Cetra      Finlandia Records      Rex Harley      Paul Pollei      David Bramhall      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Sherlock Fortuin      Tess Crebbin      Nonsuch Singers      Micaela Pittaluga      James Galway      John Bell Young      Anne Kirchbach      Daniel Rubinoff      David Hughes      Grant Smith      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Christina O'hart      Bill Newman      Sybille Werner      Stephanie Cowell      Nicki Marsh      Alexan Zakyan      University of Illinois Press      Barry Maufe      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Medici Classics      Nathan J Silverman      Jenny Crossland      Claves Records      Roderic Dunnett      Stephen Wright      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Carolyn Nott      Graham Williams      Katarina Soderberg      Carson Cooman      Aulos Musikado      

Alexandra Vosding      Martin Torp      Holger Badekow      Eric Mahoudeau      Malcolm Miller      Nicolas Bruant      Blue Pearl Records      Adriana Soaita      Chesky Records Inc      Mikael Winroth      Jo Ashwell      Dan Locklair      Albany Records      Sven Helbig      Sotone Historic Recordings      Bob Schneider      Bill Cooper      T V Sairam      Marco Borggreve      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Volksoper Wien      Lady Barbirolli      George Georgakakos      Jason Starr      David Ellis      Warner Classics      The late Rev David Thompson      Viorel Anton      Axel Zeininger      Paul Minotto      Richard Partridge      Ashley Wass      Jo Carpenter      Kelly Ferjutz      Eroica Classical Recordings      Steve Zorc      J Henry Fair      Norton Paperback Fiction      Klaus Rudolph      Presteigne Festival      Eva Fampas      Denis ApIvor      Ana Papakhian      Robert Anderson      Simax Classics      David Jones      Verlag Neue Musik      ECM Records GmbH      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Video Arts International      Peter Dickinson      Deutsche Grammophon      HLM Classics      Wolfgang Schnabl      J Scheerder      Richard Black      Tania Pergamenschikow      Eugenia Papadimas      Rob Ramsey      Yuri Izawa      Piers Adams      I Fagiolini      Rhea Kang      

Adrian Williams      Eugenia Ames      David Wilkins      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Keith Saunders      Libra Records Ltd      Rebecca Schiffman      Kim Stanford      Jeffrey James      Arena PAL      Tall Poppies Records      David Stock      Paul Richardson      Ralph Kulling      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Fabrizio Ferrari      Colin Willoughby      Alice McVeigh      Violetta Egorova      Martin Berkofsky      Helen Sims      Stu Rosner      Linda Litwack      Monica McCabe      Lucille Phillips      Lynsey Docherty      CPO      Reinhardt Werner      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Katja Brooijmans      Royal Opera Covent Garden      John Credland      Tiberio Snaidero      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Wilfried Hösl      Brian Bumby      Chandos Records      Jorge Colón      Clive Barda      Susan Alcock      Neil Zaslaw      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Orchestrutopica      Haenssler Classics      William Copper      Ivor Bramich      Katarina Freiberger      Wolfram Rieger      Decca Music Group Ltd      Borjan Canev      Peter Wass      Paul Sarcich      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Kaysh Shinn      Mutable Music      Todd Paris      Peter Howell      Daniel Burges      Fairbanks      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Lucy Penwarden      Chika Takeuchi      

Maria Nockin      Bampton Classical Opera      Larry A Russell      Iain C Steel      Chris Ford      Sue Johnson      English Touring Opera      Chris Christodoulou      Dutton Laboratories      Amy Isard      Glyndebourne Opera      Matthew O'Sullivan      Dimo Dimov      Christine Strub      Arne Winkler      Angelika Roessler      Belinda Morgan      Mitch Jenkins      Annette Wittkopf      Hypovereinsbank      Barrie Rogers      M N Robert      EMI Records Ltd      Peter Morgan      Jill Kramer      David Lipp      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Cecilia McDowall      Apapaziz Productions      Robbie Jack      Stella Dickinson      Graz Tourismus      Jens Rötzsch      Tamami Honma      Burning River Brass      Victoria Bragin      Mark Bramich      Risto Lauriala      Harry Heleotis      TDK Mediactive      Shirley Bramich      Chris Grist      Rita Brameld      Steve Sherman      Ostkreuz      George Vass      Rai Trade      DGB Records      David Angell      Gary Hickling      Buxton Festival      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Sue Reiss      Andrew Eccles      Disques du Solstice      Sally Burningham      Circles International      Alfred Frass      John Rusnak      English Chamber Orchestra      Rika Lino      Longborough Festival Opera      Deux-Elles Ltd      

Ken Butcher      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Jonathan Sayles      Danielle Woerner      Frances Godden      Mike Edwards      Danjulo Ishizaka      Kornald Music      Bayer Records      Bayerische Rundfunk      Julia Ionides      Emma Dain      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      ORF      Emily Darrow      Brian Tarr      Cristofori Foundation      Marc Ginot      Béla Mezey      Jayang Jung      Wilfrid Mellers      Priory Records Ltd      Yolanda Zumaeta      London Concertante      Medici Choir      Roger Mastroianni      Mike Leale      Alistair Hinton      Alastair Muir      Malcolm Tattersall      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Fibonacci Sequence      HNH International Ltd      M L Hart      Primrose Metcalf      Virgin Classics      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      British Youth Opera      Amy Rogers      Laszlo Bodor      Erin Christman      Helen Gill      Abendzeitung München      Sissy von Kotzebue      Oliver Oppitz      Janet Hales      American Composers Forum      Shirley Ratcliffe      Kristen Theriault      Ron Bierman      Chipperfield Photography      Eric Laeskogen      Robert Hugill      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      People Image      Sasha Gusov      Catherine Ashmore      Anja Ullrich      Enid Luff      Jessica Gould      Colin Bramich      T Linwood      Grace Lee      

Nikky Johnston      Tanglewood Festival      Nick Prag      Lindsay Lozon      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Munich Philharmonic      Jeanne O'Keefe      Manus Carey      Philip Crebbin      Kronberg Academy      Gordon Rumson      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Celia Ballantyne      Rebecca Davis      London Sinfonietta      Greg Barns      University of Alaska      Howard Smith      Annie Burge      Isidor Records      ASV Ltd      Schott Archieve      Peter Jaggard      Green Room Productions      Vienna Modern Masters      Peter Cooper      Jane Cunning      BEL AIR Media      harmonia mundi      Royal College of Music      Lutz Sternstein      Brana Records      Rolando Villazon      Alexander Hawley      BIS Records AB      G Thum      Tzadik      Salzburg Festival      David Stars      Geraldine Buchanan      Harry Schiffer      Kate Manning      Regine Koerner      Patric Standford      Lisa Pring      Celeste Bacon      Garden Opera      Real Sound srl      Gernsbeck      Bettina Pauli      Welsh National Opera      Meikui Matsushima      Eric Klug      Zimbel Press     Thomas Hampson      Karuna Records      Gerard Schurmann      Louise Ringrose      Jennifer Paull      Divas Records      Adrien Cotta      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Alan Hedges      

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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