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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:

Deux-Elles Ltd      Tess Crebbin      Blue Pearl Records      Wolfgang Schnabl      Tzadik      London Concertante      Graham Williams      Violetta Egorova      Dan Locklair      EMI Records Ltd      Paul Minotto      Jason Starr      Vladislav Kovalsky      Bayer Records      Colin Willoughby      Priory Records Ltd      Adrian Williams      Jessica Gould      University of Alaska      Peter Jaggard      ASV Ltd      Eva Fampas      M N Robert      Garden Opera      Greg Barns      London Concord Singers      Real Sound srl      Karuna Records      Manus Carey      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Finlandia Records      Munich Philharmonic      Rhea Kang      DGB Records      ORF      Rebecca Davis      Todd Paris      Verlag Neue Musik      David Angell      Jeff Loughlin      Wilfrid Mellers      Kronberg Academy      Helen Gill      Chris Grist      Brian Bumby      Jill Kramer      Tamami Honma      Peter Dickinson      I Fagiolini      Laszlo Bodor      John Bell Young      Jonathan Sayles      Marianna Rashkovetsky      British Youth Opera      Bampton Classical Opera      Kaysh Shinn      Lucille Phillips      David Lipp      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Decca Music Group Ltd      Micaela Pittaluga      Kornald Music      Naxos Rights International Ltd      

Klaus Rudolph      Bill Cooper      Sybille Werner      Alastair Muir      English Chamber Orchestra      Roger Mastroianni      Barry Maufe      Tiberio Snaidero      Sherlock Fortuin      Axel Zeininger      Eric Mahoudeau      Danielle Woerner      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Regine Koerner      Rolando Villazon      Julia Ionides      TDK Mediactive      Susan Alcock      Mike Edwards      Sven Helbig      harmonia mundi      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Eric Klug      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Dimo Dimov      Alexan Zakyan      Iain C Steel      Primrose Metcalf      English Touring Opera      Andreas Malkmus      David Ellis      Wolfram Rieger      Sissy von Kotzebue      Schott Archieve      Simax Classics      Disques du Solstice      Rai Trade      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Alfred Frass      Robert Hugill      Annette Wittkopf      Abendzeitung München      Chris Ford      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Marco Borggreve      Jorge Colón      Mitch Jenkins      Sue Reiss      Philip Crebbin      John McCabe      Vienna Modern Masters      Longborough Festival Opera      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Meikui Matsushima      People Image      Arena PAL      Royal College of Music      Jo Carpenter      Paul Pollei      T V Sairam      Belinda Sykes      Risto Lauriala      

M L Hart      Anja Ullrich      Stephanie Cowell      Ron Bierman      Bill Newman      Jeanne O'Keefe      Emma Dain      Ken Butcher      Jeffrey James      Hypovereinsbank      Nikky Johnston      David Stock      Ralph Kulling      Roderic Dunnett      Louise Ringrose      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      David Stars      Mikael Winroth      Eugenia Papadimas      Jens Rötzsch      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Chika Takeuchi      Lisa Pring      Rika Lino      Ana Papakhian      Welsh National Opera      Thomas Hampson      Isidor Records      Haenssler Classics      Annie Burge      David Wilkins      Alice McVeigh      Frances Godden      Paul Richardson      Tall Poppies Records      Martin Torp      Rex Harley      Kate Manning      John Rusnak      David Bramhall      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Steve Sherman      Nonsuch Singers      Graz Tourismus      Gernsbeck      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Yuri Izawa      Video Arts International      Helen Sims      Martin Berkofsky      BEL AIR Media      Katarina Freiberger      University of Illinois Press      Nicki Marsh      Victoria Bragin      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Geraldine Buchanan      Chesky Records Inc      Cala Records Ltd      Patric Standford      Opera Holland Park      Stella Dickinson      OgreOgress Productions      

Virgin Classics      Emily Darrow      Jennifer Paull      William Copper      Burning River Brass      Warner Classics      Richard Black      Gerard Schurmann      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Nicolas Bruant      Tanglewood Festival      Holger Badekow      Divas Records      Sally Burningham      Grant Smith      Alistair Hinton      Peter Morgan      A T Schaefer      Ivor Bramich      Lynsey Docherty      Orchestrutopica      Shirley Bramich      Cecilia McDowall      Richard Partridge      John Credland      Oliver Oppitz      Robert Anderson      G Thum      Norton Paperback Fiction      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Claves Records      Rudolf Budja      Malcolm Miller      Béla Mezey      Barrie Rogers      Wilfried Hösl      Stu Rosner      Viorel Anton      Celeste Bacon      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Adriana Soaita      Kim Stanford      Amy Rogers      Shirley Ratcliffe      Malcolm Tattersall      James Galway      Catriona Chatterley      Lucy Penwarden      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Apapaziz Productions      Christina O'hart      Cristofori Foundation      Katja Brooijmans      Robbie Jack      Jim Robson      Carson Cooman      Celia Ballantyne      Eroica Classical Recordings      Catherine Ashmore      Brian Tarr      Clive Barda      Steve Zorc      The late Rev David Thompson      

Jo Ashwell      Katarina Soderberg      Linda Litwack      Tania Pergamenschikow      Marc Ginot      Circles International      Rita Brameld      Eric Laeskogen      Gordon Rumson      Mark Bramich      David Hughes      Borjan Canev      Yolanda Zumaeta      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      T Linwood      J Scheerder      Erin Christman      Colin Bramich      American Composers Forum      Stephen Wright      Presteigne Festival      Ostkreuz      Chandos Records      Paul Sarcich      Amy Isard      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Maria Nockin      Jane Cunning      Enid Luff      HNH International Ltd      Reinhardt Werner      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Harry Schiffer      Monica McCabe      Fabrizio Ferrari      London Sinfonietta      Zimbel Press     Arne Winkler      Deutsche Grammophon      Mutable Music      Sara Henry      Alexandra Vosding      Eugenia Ames      George Vass      Nick Prag      Rob Ramsey      Nathan J Silverman      Lutz Sternstein      Andrew Eccles      Dutton Laboratories      Royal Northern College of Music      Piers Adams      Anne Kirchbach      Volksoper Wien      Charlotte Ooi      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Lady Barbirolli      Daniel Rubinoff      Brana Records      Janet Hales      Alan Hedges      Jenny Crossland      

Gary Hickling      Mike Leale      ECM Records GmbH      Dvora Lewis      Fonit Cetra      Libra Records Ltd      Laurence Lewis      Denis ApIvor      Grace Lee      Salzburg Festival      Buxton Festival      Peter Cooper      Kristen Theriault      Bayerische Rundfunk      J Henry Fair      Howard Smith      Carolyn Nott      Bettina Pauli      David Jones      Lindsay Lozon      Matthew O'Sullivan      Jayang Jung      Daniel Burges      Sasha Gusov      George Georgakakos      Belinda Morgan      Danjulo Ishizaka      Larry A Russell      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      CPO      Chris Christodoulou      Ashley Wass      Fibonacci Sequence      Medici Classics      Megan Fenselau      Aulos Musikado      Christine Strub      Medici Choir      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Lawrence Budmen      Fairbanks      Angelika Roessler      Europamusicale      Bob Schneider      Sue Johnson      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Chipperfield Photography      Keith Saunders      HLM Classics      Peter Wass      Glyndebourne Opera      Peter Howell      Bayerische Staatsoper      BIS Records AB      Neil Zaslaw      Rebecca Schiffman      Adrien Cotta      Albany Records      Green Room Productions      Alexander Hawley      Sotone Historic Recordings      Kelly Ferjutz      Harry Heleotis      

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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