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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:

Maria Nockin      Janet Hales      Risto Lauriala      Welsh National Opera      Richard Black      Celia Ballantyne      Presteigne Festival      Sally Burningham      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Geraldine Buchanan      Jayang Jung      Amy Isard      John McCabe      London Concord Singers      Vladislav Kovalsky      Jeff Loughlin      CPO      Daniel Rubinoff      Rebecca Davis      Tall Poppies Records      Mike Leale      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      BIS Records AB      Brian Bumby      George Vass      Stephanie Cowell      Ostkreuz      Eric Klug      G Thum      Warner Classics      Nikky Johnston      Green Room Productions      Helen Gill      BEL AIR Media      Sven Helbig      Nicki Marsh      Erin Christman      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Mike Edwards      Lawrence Budmen      Adrien Cotta      Ralph Kulling      Andrew Eccles      Lynsey Docherty      Bampton Classical Opera      Klaus Rudolph      Divas Records      Louise Ringrose      Cala Records Ltd      Victoria Bragin      Reinhardt Werner      Kronberg Academy      Cecilia McDowall      Tamami Honma      Haenssler Classics      Wolfgang Schnabl      Charlotte Ooi      Martin Berkofsky      M N Robert      Kim Stanford      Mitch Jenkins      Alastair Muir      Barrie Rogers      

Alexander Hawley      Robbie Jack      Jim Robson      Barry Maufe      Shirley Bramich      Bill Newman      Primrose Metcalf      Malcolm Tattersall      Bayerische Staatsoper      EMI Records Ltd      Bob Schneider      Video Arts International      Colin Bramich      Manus Carey      Nick Prag      Chris Grist      Jo Carpenter      Lucy Penwarden      Carolyn Nott      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Rhea Kang      Angelika Roessler      James Galway      Isidor Records      Brian Tarr      Nicolas Bruant      Gerard Schurmann      Jonathan Sayles      Yuri Izawa      Christina O'hart      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Rolando Villazon      Lucille Phillips      Yolanda Zumaeta      Mark Bramich      Jenny Crossland      Alice McVeigh      Eugenia Ames      Rex Harley      Opera Holland Park      American Composers Forum      John Bell Young      University of Alaska      People Image      Kristen Theriault      Kornald Music      Anja Ullrich      J Scheerder      Chandos Records      Greg Barns      Roger Mastroianni      David Ellis      Tzadik      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Patric Standford      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Chipperfield Photography      ASV Ltd      Chris Christodoulou      Paul Pollei      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Celeste Bacon      Tania Pergamenschikow      

Karuna Records      harmonia mundi      Emma Dain      Sissy von Kotzebue      Linda Litwack      Rebecca Schiffman      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Adrian Williams      Violetta Egorova      Chesky Records Inc      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Paul Richardson      Blue Pearl Records      Alexan Zakyan      Thomas Hampson      David Stock      English Touring Opera      Eugenia Papadimas      Bill Cooper      Jane Cunning      Eroica Classical Recordings      Todd Paris      Ivor Bramich      Ashley Wass      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Jeffrey James      Sue Reiss      Royal Northern College of Music      David Jones      Richard Partridge      HLM Classics      Robert Anderson      ORF      Peter Dickinson      Jorge Colón      Jennifer Paull      Keith Saunders      Carson Cooman      Sue Johnson      Wilfrid Mellers      Arena PAL      Ron Bierman      Howard Smith      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Belinda Sykes      Grant Smith      Norton Paperback Fiction      Peter Wass      Alan Hedges      Eric Mahoudeau      Peter Howell      ECM Records GmbH      Virgin Classics      Matthew O'Sullivan      Sherlock Fortuin      Alexandra Vosding      Simax Classics      Mikael Winroth      Katarina Freiberger      Peter Cooper      Axel Zeininger      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Medici Classics      

Sasha Gusov      Gary Hickling      Medici Choir      Circles International      Paul Sarcich      Belinda Morgan      Gernsbeck      Malcolm Miller      David Wilkins      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Susan Alcock      Monica McCabe      Steve Sherman      J Henry Fair      Gordon Rumson      Regine Koerner      Roderic Dunnett      Katarina Soderberg      David Stars      Denis ApIvor      Grace Lee      Naxos Rights International Ltd      TDK Mediactive      Bettina Pauli      The late Rev David Thompson      Kaysh Shinn      Abendzeitung München      Cristofori Foundation      Salzburg Festival      Nonsuch Singers      Stella Dickinson      Graham Williams      Ken Butcher      Munich Philharmonic      Helen Sims      Vienna Modern Masters      I Fagiolini      Clive Barda      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Micaela Pittaluga      Jason Starr      Catriona Chatterley      Verlag Neue Musik      Jo Ashwell      David Hughes      Jessica Gould      Danjulo Ishizaka      Orchestrutopica      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Zimbel Press     Meikui Matsushima      English Chamber Orchestra      Dutton Laboratories      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Ana Papakhian      Katja Brooijmans      London Concertante      Oliver Oppitz      Enid Luff      Buxton Festival      DGB Records      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      

Kelly Ferjutz      University of Illinois Press      Daniel Burges      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Fibonacci Sequence      Holger Badekow      Colin Willoughby      Wolfram Rieger      Wilfried Hösl      Marc Ginot      London Sinfonietta      Disques du Solstice      Eva Fampas      Garden Opera      Rika Lino      Fabrizio Ferrari      Laszlo Bodor      Arne Winkler      David Angell      Chris Ford      Deux-Elles Ltd      Danielle Woerner      Stu Rosner      HNH International Ltd      David Bramhall      Jill Kramer      Annette Wittkopf      Glyndebourne Opera      Europamusicale      Volksoper Wien      Jens Rötzsch      Christine Strub      Sotone Historic Recordings      Lady Barbirolli      Burning River Brass      Nathan J Silverman      John Rusnak      Fairbanks      Marco Borggreve      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      David Lipp      Jeanne O'Keefe      A T Schaefer      Lisa Pring      Libra Records Ltd      Stephen Wright      Harry Schiffer      Longborough Festival Opera      T Linwood      Tanglewood Festival      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Rita Brameld      Larry A Russell      Graz Tourismus      Neil Zaslaw      Catherine Ashmore      Frances Godden      Paul Minotto      Brana Records      Finlandia Records      Piers Adams      Rudolf Budja      

Eric Laeskogen      Anne Kirchbach      Megan Fenselau      Apapaziz Productions      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Sybille Werner      Harry Heleotis      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Fonit Cetra      Kate Manning      Philip Crebbin      Peter Morgan      Chika Takeuchi      Shirley Ratcliffe      Tiberio Snaidero      John Credland      Rob Ramsey      Albany Records      Dan Locklair      Emily Darrow      British Youth Opera      Hypovereinsbank      Andreas Malkmus      Schott Archieve      Alfred Frass      Adriana Soaita      Steve Zorc      Aulos Musikado      Alistair Hinton      Priory Records Ltd      Dvora Lewis      Decca Music Group Ltd      T V Sairam      Mutable Music      Lindsay Lozon      Béla Mezey      Lutz Sternstein      Robert Hugill      Bayer Records      Julia Ionides      George Georgakakos      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      OgreOgress Productions      Martin Torp      Annie Burge      Bayerische Rundfunk      Dimo Dimov      Laurence Lewis      Royal College of Music      Rai Trade      Deutsche Grammophon      Claves Records      Iain C Steel      Amy Rogers      William Copper      Tess Crebbin      Viorel Anton      Borjan Canev      Real Sound srl      Peter Jaggard      Sara Henry      M L Hart      New Edinburgh Orchestra      

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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