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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:

Jeff Loughlin      Decca Music Group Ltd      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Deutsche Grammophon      Alice McVeigh      Gary Hickling      Annie Burge      Marc Ginot      Longborough Festival Opera      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Belinda Sykes      Norton Paperback Fiction      Susan Alcock      Christine Strub      Paul Sarcich      Jeffrey James      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Roger Mastroianni      David Lipp      Priory Records Ltd      Paul Richardson      BEL AIR Media      Amy Isard      Helen Gill      Anne Kirchbach      Bob Schneider      Fibonacci Sequence      Mikael Winroth      Clive Barda      Bayer Records      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Alexan Zakyan      Presteigne Festival      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Annette Wittkopf      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Meikui Matsushima      Ken Butcher      Colin Bramich      John McCabe      Katarina Soderberg      Bill Cooper      Haenssler Classics      Vladislav Kovalsky      Bayerische Rundfunk      University of Illinois Press      Dan Locklair      John Rusnak      Eugenia Ames      Alfred Frass      HNH International Ltd      Regine Koerner      Graz Tourismus      Howard Smith      Chika Takeuchi      Matthew O'Sullivan      Dimo Dimov      Rebecca Davis      Finlandia Records      David Wilkins      Laszlo Bodor      Oliver Oppitz      Barrie Rogers      

Mutable Music      Munich Philharmonic      Steve Zorc      People Image      Jim Robson      Eric Laeskogen      Katja Brooijmans      Brian Bumby      Lisa Pring      Stephanie Cowell      Alistair Hinton      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Green Room Productions      Gordon Rumson      CPO      M L Hart      Medici Classics      Salzburg Festival      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      J Scheerder      Barry Maufe      Axel Zeininger      Chris Ford      Andreas Malkmus      David Hughes      Chris Christodoulou      Denis ApIvor      Anja Ullrich      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Kim Stanford      Charlotte Ooi      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Jorge Colón      Danielle Woerner      Geraldine Buchanan      Video Arts International      Eugenia Papadimas      Frances Godden      Kornald Music      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Jayang Jung      Brian Tarr      Megan Fenselau      Bayerische Staatsoper      Steve Sherman      Blue Pearl Records      TDK Mediactive      Viorel Anton      Eric Klug      Gernsbeck      Tzadik      Apapaziz Productions      Malcolm Tattersall      Royal College of Music      OgreOgress Productions      Catriona Chatterley      The late Rev David Thompson      Peter Dickinson      Carson Cooman      Kristen Theriault      Tess Crebbin      Janet Hales      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      

Enid Luff      Lutz Sternstein      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Chris Grist      ECM Records GmbH      Royal Northern College of Music      Albany Records      Béla Mezey      Louise Ringrose      Jo Carpenter      Eroica Classical Recordings      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Fonit Cetra      Rudolf Budja      Sally Burningham      Garden Opera      Monica McCabe      Yolanda Zumaeta      Shirley Bramich      David Stock      Jo Ashwell      Aulos Musikado      Sara Henry      Adriana Soaita      Catherine Ashmore      Volksoper Wien      DGB Records      Linda Litwack      Rolando Villazon      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Lawrence Budmen      Brana Records      David Angell      A T Schaefer      T Linwood      Sven Helbig      Kelly Ferjutz      Tiberio Snaidero      Chesky Records Inc      Mike Leale      Rex Harley      Alan Hedges      Jonathan Sayles      Welsh National Opera      Nathan J Silverman      Patric Standford      Abendzeitung München      ORF      Victoria Bragin      Sue Johnson      Graham Williams      Roderic Dunnett      Richard Black      Adrian Williams      Todd Paris      Alexandra Vosding      Reinhardt Werner      BIS Records AB      Bill Newman      Paul Minotto      Medici Choir      Karuna Records      Sherlock Fortuin      

Alastair Muir      Wolfram Rieger      Andrew Eccles      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Jill Kramer      Glyndebourne Opera      Ostkreuz      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Gerard Schurmann      Orchestrutopica      Rai Trade      Sissy von Kotzebue      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Sybille Werner      Cala Records Ltd      Maria Nockin      Richard Partridge      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      James Galway      Greg Barns      HLM Classics      Real Sound srl      Ana Papakhian      Jeanne O'Keefe      Wilfrid Mellers      Ron Bierman      Zimbel Press     Jenny Crossland      Warner Classics      Harry Heleotis      Helen Sims      Kronberg Academy      Simax Classics      Mark Bramich      Holger Badekow      Nicki Marsh      Tall Poppies Records      Kate Manning      Celeste Bacon      Robert Hugill      Jane Cunning      Christina O'hart      Sotone Historic Recordings      London Concord Singers      London Sinfonietta      Daniel Burges      Piers Adams      Erin Christman      Belinda Morgan      Hypovereinsbank      harmonia mundi      Lynsey Docherty      Laurence Lewis      J Henry Fair      Iain C Steel      Dvora Lewis      Grace Lee      EMI Records Ltd      Arne Winkler      Risto Lauriala      Borjan Canev      Claves Records      Buxton Festival      

Cristofori Foundation      David Bramhall      University of Alaska      Lucille Phillips      Tania Pergamenschikow      Bampton Classical Opera      Mitch Jenkins      Adrien Cotta      Larry A Russell      Tanglewood Festival      Verlag Neue Musik      Malcolm Miller      Rika Lino      Wilfried Hösl      Disques du Solstice      Violetta Egorova      Cecilia McDowall      London Concertante      Nick Prag      Stella Dickinson      English Touring Opera      William Copper      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      David Ellis      Sasha Gusov      Celia Ballantyne      Lucy Penwarden      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Mike Edwards      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Dutton Laboratories      G Thum      Rita Brameld      Vienna Modern Masters      Nikky Johnston      Colin Willoughby      David Stars      Isidor Records      Kaysh Shinn      Paul Pollei      Philip Crebbin      Tamami Honma      George Vass      I Fagiolini      Peter Howell      Jens Rötzsch      Peter Jaggard      Rebecca Schiffman      Wolfgang Schnabl      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Amy Rogers      Stu Rosner      Europamusicale      Rhea Kang      Ivor Bramich      Alexander Hawley      English Chamber Orchestra      Nonsuch Singers      Daniel Rubinoff      Eva Fampas      Peter Morgan      Libra Records Ltd      Jessica Gould      

Micaela Pittaluga      Yuri Izawa      Divas Records      Katarina Freiberger      Fabrizio Ferrari      Julia Ionides      Jason Starr      Harry Schiffer      George Georgakakos      Chandos Records      Peter Wass      Keith Saunders      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Chipperfield Photography      Ashley Wass      Robert Anderson      David Jones      Grant Smith      Thomas Hampson      John Credland      Fairbanks      Klaus Rudolph      Martin Berkofsky      Neil Zaslaw      Stephen Wright      Schott Archieve      Lady Barbirolli      Primrose Metcalf      Bettina Pauli      Deux-Elles Ltd      Circles International      Burning River Brass      T V Sairam      Nicolas Bruant      Arena PAL      Shirley Ratcliffe      Carolyn Nott      Emily Darrow      Lindsay Lozon      Ralph Kulling      Danjulo Ishizaka      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      John Bell Young      American Composers Forum      Sue Reiss      Martin Torp      Robbie Jack      Opera Holland Park      Angelika Roessler      Jennifer Paull      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Manus Carey      Marco Borggreve      Peter Cooper      British Youth Opera      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Rob Ramsey      Emma Dain      M N Robert      Virgin Classics      Eric Mahoudeau      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      ASV Ltd      

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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