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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:

Arne Winkler      Meikui Matsushima      Shirley Bramich      Grace Lee      Axel Zeininger      Chipperfield Photography      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Richard Black      Jason Starr      G Thum      Angelika Roessler      Eric Klug      David Lipp      Lynsey Docherty      Circles International      Sue Reiss      Mike Leale      Graz Tourismus      Carson Cooman      Fibonacci Sequence      Jennifer Paull      Steve Sherman      London Concord Singers      Paul Pollei      Annette Wittkopf      ECM Records GmbH      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Amy Rogers      Chesky Records Inc      Sherlock Fortuin      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      TDK Mediactive      Sven Helbig      Isidor Records      Oliver Oppitz      David Bramhall      Apapaziz Productions      Caroline von Reitzenstein      English Chamber Orchestra      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Rebecca Schiffman      Martin Berkofsky      Alexan Zakyan      Lady Barbirolli      Micaela Pittaluga      Belinda Morgan      James Galway      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Violetta Egorova      DGB Records      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Béla Mezey      Salzburg Festival      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Lucy Penwarden      Rob Ramsey      Alice McVeigh      Geraldine Buchanan      Megan Fenselau      Martin Torp      Bayerische Staatsoper      Susan Alcock      David Ellis      

Yolanda Zumaeta      OgreOgress Productions      Rhea Kang      Bettina Pauli      Divas Records      Greg Barns      London Sinfonietta      Tamami Honma      Lawrence Budmen      Robert Anderson      Sally Burningham      Munich Philharmonic      Eugenia Ames      Rai Trade      Robert Hugill      Neil Zaslaw      Adrien Cotta      Lucille Phillips      Rebecca Davis      J Henry Fair      Catriona Chatterley      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Laurence Lewis      Nonsuch Singers      Cala Records Ltd      Yuri Izawa      Thomas Hampson      Eric Laeskogen      Bampton Classical Opera      Bayerische Rundfunk      EMI Records Ltd      Burning River Brass      Warner Classics      harmonia mundi      Daniel Rubinoff      M L Hart      Europamusicale      Mike Edwards      Anja Ullrich      English Touring Opera      Victoria Bragin      Andrew Eccles      Helen Sims      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Peter Cooper      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Rolando Villazon      Ashley Wass      Wilfrid Mellers      David Angell      Royal College of Music      John Credland      David Jones      Simax Classics      Cristofori Foundation      Ivor Bramich      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Cecilia McDowall      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Orchestrutopica      Alfred Frass      Disques du Solstice      Rex Harley      

Wilfried Hösl      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Amy Isard      BEL AIR Media      Nikky Johnston      Nicki Marsh      Jim Robson      Catherine Ashmore      Malcolm Tattersall      Anne Kirchbach      Paul Sarcich      Klaus Rudolph      Deux-Elles Ltd      Sissy von Kotzebue      Ralph Kulling      Vladislav Kovalsky      Wolfgang Schnabl      Gordon Rumson      Fabrizio Ferrari      British Youth Opera      Alistair Hinton      Kim Stanford      University of Illinois Press      Blue Pearl Records      Jeanne O'Keefe      Chandos Records      Lutz Sternstein      Alexandra Vosding      Bill Newman      J Scheerder      Jeff Loughlin      Libra Records Ltd      Adrian Williams      Claves Records      Bill Cooper      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Priory Records Ltd      Opera Holland Park      Daniel Burges      Harry Schiffer      Chika Takeuchi      Mitch Jenkins      Jo Ashwell      Todd Paris      Emily Darrow      David Hughes      Celia Ballantyne      Richard Partridge      Mark Bramich      Jane Cunning      Bayer Records      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Katarina Soderberg      Finlandia Records      Presteigne Festival      Peter Jaggard      Kronberg Academy      Kaysh Shinn      Danielle Woerner      Mutable Music      Lisa Pring      Laszlo Bodor      Barry Maufe      

Andrew Benson-Wilson      Tall Poppies Records      Primrose Metcalf      Sotone Historic Recordings      Sara Henry      CPO      Enid Luff      University of Alaska      John Rusnak      Brian Bumby      Jeffrey James      Andreas Malkmus      Tzadik      Fonit Cetra      Tess Crebbin      Piers Adams      Real Sound srl      Zimbel Press     Deutsche Grammophon      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Sue Johnson      Erin Christman      Nathan J Silverman      Karuna Records      Peter Morgan      Gerard Schurmann      Ron Bierman      Tania Pergamenschikow      M N Robert      Ostkreuz      Mikael Winroth      Holger Badekow      Ken Butcher      A T Schaefer      Patric Standford      Chris Ford      Royal Northern College of Music      Regine Koerner      Grant Smith      Kate Manning      Paul Richardson      Brana Records      Helen Gill      Larry A Russell      Eric Mahoudeau      Medici Choir      Volksoper Wien      Aulos Musikado      David Stock      ORF      Chris Grist      Belinda Sykes      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Albany Records      Fairbanks      T Linwood      Stu Rosner      Alastair Muir      Roger Mastroianni      HLM Classics      Video Arts International      Katarina Freiberger      William Copper      

Graham Williams      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Eroica Classical Recordings      Jens Rötzsch      Howard Smith      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Dimo Dimov      Bob Schneider      John Bell Young      Jonathan Sayles      People Image      I Fagiolini      The late Rev David Thompson      Gernsbeck      David Stars      Louise Ringrose      Vienna Modern Masters      Jo Carpenter      Christine Strub      Steve Zorc      Harry Heleotis      T V Sairam      Shirley Ratcliffe      Manus Carey      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Annie Burge      Keith Saunders      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Charlotte Ooi      Eva Fampas      Monica McCabe      Nick Prag      Lindsay Lozon      Colin Bramich      Welsh National Opera      Alan Hedges      Kelly Ferjutz      George Vass      Tiberio Snaidero      Denis ApIvor      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Chris Christodoulou      Iain C Steel      Schott Archieve      Kristen Theriault      Hypovereinsbank      Roderic Dunnett      Barrie Rogers      Jayang Jung      BIS Records AB      Longborough Festival Opera      Alexander Hawley      Philip Crebbin      Malcolm Miller      Risto Lauriala      Linda Litwack      Norton Paperback Fiction      Colin Willoughby      Abendzeitung München      Dutton Laboratories      London Concertante      Stella Dickinson      

Virgin Classics      Sybille Werner      Jorge Colón      Robbie Jack      Reinhardt Werner      Dvora Lewis      Dan Locklair      Paul Minotto      Nicolas Bruant      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Adriana Soaita      Medici Classics      John McCabe      Sasha Gusov      George Georgakakos      Frances Godden      Jessica Gould      Christina O'hart      Stephen Wright      Ana Papakhian      Clive Barda      Rita Brameld      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Maria Nockin      Janet Hales      Katja Brooijmans      Glyndebourne Opera      Rika Lino      Stephanie Cowell      Tanglewood Festival      Jill Kramer      Peter Wass      Danjulo Ishizaka      Matthew O'Sullivan      Arena PAL      Julia Ionides      Gary Hickling      David Wilkins      Peter Dickinson      Buxton Festival      Verlag Neue Musik      American Composers Forum      Emma Dain      Carolyn Nott      Wolfram Rieger      Celeste Bacon      Haenssler Classics      Jenny Crossland      Viorel Anton      ASV Ltd      Eugenia Papadimas      Kornald Music      Green Room Productions      Borjan Canev      Decca Music Group Ltd      Marco Borggreve      Marc Ginot      HNH International Ltd      Garden Opera      Brian Tarr      Peter Howell      Rudolf Budja      

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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