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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:

Rika Lino      Tania Pergamenschikow      Nikky Johnston      Roderic Dunnett      Green Room Productions      I Fagiolini      Helen Gill      Wolfram Rieger      T V Sairam      Kim Stanford      Sara Henry      Carson Cooman      Todd Paris      Mike Edwards      Monica McCabe      Brian Tarr      Lindsay Lozon      ASV Ltd      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      CPO      Albany Records      Vladislav Kovalsky      Nonsuch Singers      Garden Opera      Europamusicale      Dan Locklair      Sue Reiss      People Image      Kristen Theriault      Brana Records      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Chandos Records      Rob Ramsey      William Copper      OgreOgress Productions      Graham Williams      Katarina Soderberg      Stu Rosner      Chris Ford      BEL AIR Media      Jane Cunning      Katja Brooijmans      BIS Records AB      Chris Christodoulou      Eva Fampas      Jason Starr      HNH International Ltd      Vienna Modern Masters      Wilfrid Mellers      Aulos Musikado      Jeffrey James      Royal Northern College of Music      Rebecca Davis      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Wilfried Hösl      George Vass      Cristofori Foundation      J Scheerder      Gordon Rumson      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      ECM Records GmbH      Philip Crebbin      Blue Pearl Records      

London Concertante      Chris Grist      Colin Bramich      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Sotone Historic Recordings      Jens Rötzsch      Maria Nockin      The late Rev David Thompson      Longborough Festival Opera      Alexandra Vosding      Robert Anderson      Libra Records Ltd      Paul Pollei      Grace Lee      David Angell      Apapaziz Productions      Sherlock Fortuin      Steve Zorc      Patric Standford      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Paul Minotto      T Linwood      Laurence Lewis      Meikui Matsushima      Peter Wass      Ana Papakhian      Harry Heleotis      Stephanie Cowell      London Sinfonietta      M N Robert      Ivor Bramich      Violetta Egorova      Denis ApIvor      Lutz Sternstein      John McCabe      Regine Koerner      Gernsbeck      Holger Badekow      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Christina O'hart      Jo Ashwell      Peter Howell      Fibonacci Sequence      Enid Luff      Graz Tourismus      Jo Carpenter      Kaysh Shinn      Mutable Music      John Rusnak      British Youth Opera      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Adrien Cotta      Fabrizio Ferrari      Glyndebourne Opera      Cala Records Ltd      Richard Partridge      Rebecca Schiffman      John Bell Young      Danjulo Ishizaka      Jayang Jung      Rudolf Budja      Dvora Lewis      Virgin Classics      

Laszlo Bodor      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Alexander Hawley      David Bramhall      Piers Adams      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Sue Johnson      Danielle Woerner      Helen Sims      Geraldine Buchanan      Andreas Malkmus      Victoria Bragin      David Hughes      Alice McVeigh      Angelika Roessler      Abendzeitung München      Munich Philharmonic      Schott Archieve      Marc Ginot      Clive Barda      Rhea Kang      David Stock      University of Alaska      Chipperfield Photography      Celia Ballantyne      Bayer Records      Fonit Cetra      Yolanda Zumaeta      Linda Litwack      Peter Jaggard      Frances Godden      Matthew O'Sullivan      Hypovereinsbank      Greg Barns      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Ostkreuz      Malcolm Tattersall      Divas Records      Kronberg Academy      Yuri Izawa      Adriana Soaita      Alastair Muir      Barrie Rogers      Megan Fenselau      Lawrence Budmen      Janet Hales      Opera Holland Park      Peter Morgan      Alexan Zakyan      Susan Alcock      Lisa Pring      Emily Darrow      Presteigne Festival      Nick Prag      English Chamber Orchestra      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Norton Paperback Fiction      Haenssler Classics      Arne Winkler      Alistair Hinton      Thomas Hampson      Robert Hugill      Bill Newman      

Deux-Elles Ltd      Tanglewood Festival      Gary Hickling      Mitch Jenkins      Sybille Werner      Eugenia Papadimas      David Lipp      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Volksoper Wien      Bettina Pauli      Andrew Eccles      Rex Harley      Jorge Colón      HLM Classics      Wolfgang Schnabl      Daniel Rubinoff      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Buxton Festival      Larry A Russell      Howard Smith      David Jones      Jeff Loughlin      Catherine Ashmore      Dimo Dimov      Arena PAL      Borjan Canev      Jill Kramer      Ashley Wass      Sasha Gusov      Eric Mahoudeau      Burning River Brass      George Georgakakos      Amy Rogers      Shirley Ratcliffe      Martin Berkofsky      Rai Trade      Isidor Records      Richard Black      Tzadik      Jennifer Paull      Rita Brameld      Circles International      Alan Hedges      Erin Christman      Belinda Morgan      J Henry Fair      David Wilkins      Kate Manning      Keith Saunders      TDK Mediactive      EMI Records Ltd      Orchestrutopica      James Galway      Primrose Metcalf      Iain C Steel      Micaela Pittaluga      London Concord Singers      Chesky Records Inc      Louise Ringrose      John Credland      Eric Klug      Emma Dain      

Steve Sherman      Kornald Music      Anja Ullrich      Karuna Records      Zimbel Press     Mike Leale      Robbie Jack      Medici Classics      Katarina Freiberger      Sven Helbig      Stephen Wright      Roger Mastroianni      Annette Wittkopf      Shirley Bramich      Marco Borggreve      Catriona Chatterley      David Stars      Martin Torp      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Video Arts International      Claves Records      Julia Ionides      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Salzburg Festival      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Bayerische Staatsoper      Tall Poppies Records      Eroica Classical Recordings      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Jonathan Sayles      Deutsche Grammophon      Barry Maufe      M L Hart      Bayerische Rundfunk      Amy Isard      Annie Burge      Warner Classics      Verlag Neue Musik      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Eugenia Ames      Kelly Ferjutz      Mark Bramich      Stella Dickinson      Nathan J Silverman      A T Schaefer      Reinhardt Werner      Lynsey Docherty      Priory Records Ltd      Jenny Crossland      Medici Choir      Celeste Bacon      Peter Cooper      Jim Robson      Alfred Frass      Jeanne O'Keefe      Lady Barbirolli      Daniel Burges      Bill Cooper      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Manus Carey      Paul Richardson      Chika Takeuchi      Anne Kirchbach      

Lucille Phillips      Tiberio Snaidero      Béla Mezey      DGB Records      Neil Zaslaw      Christine Strub      Tess Crebbin      Royal College of Music      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Nicolas Bruant      harmonia mundi      Axel Zeininger      American Composers Forum      G Thum      Sally Burningham      Mikael Winroth      Lucy Penwarden      Cecilia McDowall      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Welsh National Opera      Rolando Villazon      University of Illinois Press      Gerard Schurmann      Viorel Anton      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      David Ellis      Ralph Kulling      Malcolm Miller      Carolyn Nott      Disques du Solstice      Sissy von Kotzebue      Finlandia Records      Belinda Sykes      Ron Bierman      Fairbanks      Real Sound srl      Grant Smith      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Jessica Gould      Nicki Marsh      ORF      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Bob Schneider      Dutton Laboratories      Oliver Oppitz      Paul Sarcich      Klaus Rudolph      English Touring Opera      Decca Music Group Ltd      Harry Schiffer      Tamami Honma      Eric Laeskogen      Colin Willoughby      Brian Bumby      Peter Dickinson      Simax Classics      Bampton Classical Opera      Ken Butcher      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Risto Lauriala      Charlotte Ooi      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Adrian Williams      

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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