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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:

Risto Lauriala      Tania Pergamenschikow      Schott Archieve      London Concertante      Lisa Pring      I Fagiolini      Mike Leale      Anne Kirchbach      Rex Harley      Jeffrey James      Sissy von Kotzebue      Larry A Russell      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Erin Christman      Ana Papakhian      Jo Ashwell      Robert Anderson      Verlag Neue Musik      Susan Alcock      Brian Tarr      Catherine Ashmore      Barrie Rogers      Wolfram Rieger      Rebecca Davis      Lutz Sternstein      Eroica Classical Recordings      Gary Hickling      Lucille Phillips      English Chamber Orchestra      The late Rev David Thompson      Alexander Hawley      Kim Stanford      Danjulo Ishizaka      Zimbel Press     David Stock      Paul Sarcich      Greg Barns      Katarina Freiberger      Royal College of Music      Albany Records      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Presteigne Festival      Neil Zaslaw      Volksoper Wien      Bampton Classical Opera      Eric Mahoudeau      John McCabe      Richard Partridge      Jorge Colón      Enid Luff      Fonit Cetra      Vienna Modern Masters      Todd Paris      Alistair Hinton      Nicki Marsh      David Lipp      Longborough Festival Opera      HLM Classics      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Nonsuch Singers      Daniel Rubinoff      EMI Records Ltd      

Viorel Anton      Dimo Dimov      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Louise Ringrose      Eva Fampas      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Denis ApIvor      Jane Cunning      BEL AIR Media      Peter Dickinson      Jennifer Paull      John Rusnak      Harry Heleotis      Yolanda Zumaeta      Priory Records Ltd      ECM Records GmbH      Karuna Records      Ron Bierman      Fabrizio Ferrari      Micaela Pittaluga      Wilfried Hösl      Charlotte Ooi      James Galway      Cristofori Foundation      Alexandra Vosding      Bob Schneider      Ralph Kulling      Christine Strub      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Jayang Jung      M L Hart      Dvora Lewis      David Hughes      HNH International Ltd      Nick Prag      Lucy Penwarden      University of Illinois Press      Lynsey Docherty      Adriana Soaita      Thomas Hampson      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Finlandia Records      Emily Darrow      Wolfgang Schnabl      Paul Minotto      Oliver Oppitz      Reinhardt Werner      Annette Wittkopf      Arne Winkler      Dutton Laboratories      Sally Burningham      Emma Dain      Colin Bramich      Rudolf Budja      Malcolm Miller      ASV Ltd      Sybille Werner      Lawrence Budmen      English Touring Opera      Bill Cooper      Chipperfield Photography      CPO      Barry Maufe      

Kronberg Academy      Carolyn Nott      Real Sound srl      Stephanie Cowell      Shirley Bramich      Kate Manning      Paul Richardson      Marc Ginot      Megan Fenselau      Brian Bumby      Abendzeitung München      Clive Barda      Tamami Honma      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Claves Records      David Wilkins      ORF      Manus Carey      William Copper      George Georgakakos      Catriona Chatterley      Celia Ballantyne      Mark Bramich      Blue Pearl Records      Medici Choir      Eric Laeskogen      London Concord Singers      Orchestrutopica      Paul Pollei      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Munich Philharmonic      Alfred Frass      Howard Smith      Chris Ford      Roderic Dunnett      David Ellis      Brana Records      Mitch Jenkins      Chesky Records Inc      Stephen Wright      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Wilfrid Mellers      Adrien Cotta      Keith Saunders      People Image      Rai Trade      Steve Zorc      Buxton Festival      Robert Hugill      Adrian Williams      Libra Records Ltd      Andrew Eccles      Patric Standford      Isidor Records      Alexan Zakyan      Roger Mastroianni      Norton Paperback Fiction      Stella Dickinson      Violetta Egorova      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Mike Edwards      Fairbanks      Medici Classics      

OgreOgress Productions      Apapaziz Productions      Welsh National Opera      Arena PAL      Disques du Solstice      Meikui Matsushima      David Angell      Sara Henry      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Bayer Records      Grant Smith      Kelly Ferjutz      David Bramhall      David Stars      Tess Crebbin      Amy Isard      Graz Tourismus      Salzburg Festival      Chika Takeuchi      Warner Classics      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Belinda Morgan      Mikael Winroth      Bettina Pauli      Haenssler Classics      TDK Mediactive      British Youth Opera      Peter Wass      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Eric Klug      Rolando Villazon      J Scheerder      Frances Godden      Bill Newman      Monica McCabe      Virgin Classics      Daniel Burges      Carson Cooman      Rhea Kang      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Janet Hales      Cala Records Ltd      Jim Robson      Danielle Woerner      Jessica Gould      Deutsche Grammophon      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Harry Schiffer      Iain C Steel      Simax Classics      Sue Johnson      Sherlock Fortuin      Eugenia Ames      Graham Williams      Maria Nockin      Kornald Music      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Jens Rötzsch      Gernsbeck      Regine Koerner      Martin Torp      Anja Ullrich      Andreas Malkmus      

Nicolas Bruant      Rita Brameld      Deux-Elles Ltd      University of Alaska      Sotone Historic Recordings      Ostkreuz      Opera Holland Park      Europamusicale      David Jones      Fibonacci Sequence      Dan Locklair      Jason Starr      Aulos Musikado      Ken Butcher      Holger Badekow      Grace Lee      Peter Howell      Sasha Gusov      Gerard Schurmann      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Alice McVeigh      Cecilia McDowall      Peter Morgan      G Thum      Lindsay Lozon      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Peter Cooper      Belinda Sykes      Chris Christodoulou      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Richard Black      Klaus Rudolph      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      A T Schaefer      John Bell Young      Borjan Canev      Colin Willoughby      Bayerische Staatsoper      Laszlo Bodor      Divas Records      Robbie Jack      Amy Rogers      Jeff Loughlin      Piers Adams      Philip Crebbin      Victoria Bragin      Nikky Johnston      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Glyndebourne Opera      Laurence Lewis      Eugenia Papadimas      Royal Northern College of Music      Gordon Rumson      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      harmonia mundi      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Celeste Bacon      Decca Music Group Ltd      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Jeanne O'Keefe      Mutable Music      Alastair Muir      

Angelika Roessler      London Sinfonietta      Malcolm Tattersall      Hypovereinsbank      Green Room Productions      Rebecca Schiffman      Jenny Crossland      Linda Litwack      Nathan J Silverman      Kristen Theriault      Axel Zeininger      Video Arts International      Ashley Wass      Tzadik      Jo Carpenter      Sven Helbig      John Credland      Vladislav Kovalsky      Christina O'hart      Lady Barbirolli      Annie Burge      Primrose Metcalf      Katarina Soderberg      Burning River Brass      Ivor Bramich      M N Robert      Jill Kramer      Tanglewood Festival      J Henry Fair      Bayerische Rundfunk      DGB Records      Katja Brooijmans      Circles International      Tiberio Snaidero      Yuri Izawa      Peter Jaggard      BIS Records AB      Shirley Ratcliffe      Kaysh Shinn      Chris Grist      Julia Ionides      Béla Mezey      Alan Hedges      Steve Sherman      Helen Sims      Martin Berkofsky      T Linwood      T V Sairam      Rika Lino      Geraldine Buchanan      American Composers Forum      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Garden Opera      Sue Reiss      Matthew O'Sullivan      George Vass      Chandos Records      Helen Gill      Rob Ramsey      Tall Poppies Records      Stu Rosner      Jonathan Sayles      Marco Borggreve      

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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