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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:

Mike Edwards      Amy Isard      Gary Hickling      Tess Crebbin      Ostkreuz      Roger Mastroianni      Wolfgang Schnabl      Helen Sims      University of Illinois Press      Laurence Lewis      HLM Classics      Mikael Winroth      A T Schaefer      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Amy Rogers      Virgin Classics      Chris Grist      Katja Brooijmans      Greg Barns      Risto Lauriala      Carson Cooman      John Bell Young      Clive Barda      Divas Records      William Copper      Angelika Roessler      Chris Christodoulou      Harry Schiffer      Lutz Sternstein      Wilfrid Mellers      Manus Carey      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Monica McCabe      Stephanie Cowell      Norton Paperback Fiction      Thomas Hampson      Celeste Bacon      John Rusnak      G Thum      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Shirley Bramich      Jill Kramer      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Katarina Soderberg      Kim Stanford      Decca Music Group Ltd      Martin Berkofsky      Paul Sarcich      Bill Newman      Jennifer Paull      Rai Trade      Ralph Kulling      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Louise Ringrose      OgreOgress Productions      Jeanne O'Keefe      George Georgakakos      James Galway      Viorel Anton      Borjan Canev      Longborough Festival Opera      Ivor Bramich      Eugenia Ames      

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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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