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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:

BEL AIR Media      Bayerische Staatsoper      Ostkreuz      Salzburg Festival      Kim Stanford      T Linwood      Barrie Rogers      Burning River Brass      A T Schaefer      Blue Pearl Records      Susan Alcock      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Maria Nockin      Marc Ginot      Cala Records Ltd      Rhea Kang      Isidor Records      Megan Fenselau      David Wilkins      Violetta Egorova      Daniel Burges      Priory Records Ltd      Shirley Bramich      Lucille Phillips      Robert Hugill      London Sinfonietta      G Thum      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Meikui Matsushima      Jessica Gould      Rex Harley      Daniel Rubinoff      Stephen Wright      University of Alaska      Deutsche Grammophon      Video Arts International      Buxton Festival      Helen Sims      Oliver Oppitz      Carson Cooman      Chipperfield Photography      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Danjulo Ishizaka      Marco Borggreve      Tzadik      Adrian Williams      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Lady Barbirolli      Rai Trade      Divas Records      Todd Paris      Kaysh Shinn      Medici Classics      Peter Cooper      Alexandra Vosding      London Concertante      Malcolm Miller      Sven Helbig      Brian Bumby      Sissy von Kotzebue      Bayerische Rundfunk      Peter Dickinson      Colin Bramich      

Jonathan Sayles      Apapaziz Productions      Garden Opera      Harry Heleotis      Chesky Records Inc      Alexan Zakyan      Roger Mastroianni      Howard Smith      Nikky Johnston      Lawrence Budmen      Royal Northern College of Music      Rika Lino      Bettina Pauli      Linda Litwack      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Jo Ashwell      New Edinburgh Orchestra      J Henry Fair      Decca Music Group Ltd      William Copper      Rita Brameld      ORF      Green Room Productions      Holger Badekow      Wilfried Hösl      Micaela Pittaluga      Alice McVeigh      Chandos Records      David Angell      Peter Wass      M N Robert      Celia Ballantyne      Louise Ringrose      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Arena PAL      Abendzeitung München      Lindsay Lozon      Richard Partridge      J Scheerder      Thomas Hampson      Barry Maufe      Janet Hales      Peter Morgan      Welsh National Opera      Laszlo Bodor      Anja Ullrich      George Georgakakos      Albany Records      Ana Papakhian      Shirley Ratcliffe      Belinda Morgan      Jeff Loughlin      Steve Sherman      Annette Wittkopf      Manus Carey      Gernsbeck      Rudolf Budja      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      American Composers Forum      Aulos Musikado      Vienna Modern Masters      Jane Cunning      Iain C Steel      

London Concord Singers      Nathan J Silverman      Viorel Anton      Warner Classics      Enid Luff      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Schott Archieve      Cristofori Foundation      Alan Hedges      Sybille Werner      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Fairbanks      Europamusicale      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Paul Minotto      Mike Leale      CPO      Jason Starr      Anne Kirchbach      Lutz Sternstein      Kornald Music      Christina O'hart      Danielle Woerner      Graz Tourismus      Catriona Chatterley      Longborough Festival Opera      Charlotte Ooi      Fibonacci Sequence      Kelly Ferjutz      English Touring Opera      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Royal College of Music      Regine Koerner      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Patric Standford      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Ivor Bramich      Kate Manning      Katja Brooijmans      Ralph Kulling      Nicolas Bruant      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Gordon Rumson      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Tall Poppies Records      David Ellis      Tamami Honma      Wolfram Rieger      HNH International Ltd      Real Sound srl      ECM Records GmbH      John Credland      Verlag Neue Musik      Wolfgang Schnabl      Zimbel Press     Dutton Laboratories      OgreOgress Productions      Simax Classics      Mikael Winroth      Eric Mahoudeau      Klaus Rudolph      Paul Richardson      Nick Prag      

Haenssler Classics      I Fagiolini      Victoria Bragin      Volksoper Wien      Béla Mezey      Eric Klug      Sara Henry      Stu Rosner      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Hypovereinsbank      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Gary Hickling      Amy Isard      Fonit Cetra      Jim Robson      HLM Classics      Bill Newman      English Chamber Orchestra      Paul Sarcich      Rolando Villazon      Virgin Classics      Ashley Wass      Jeanne O'Keefe      Tanglewood Festival      Colin Willoughby      Adriana Soaita      Robert Anderson      Graham Williams      Stella Dickinson      Primrose Metcalf      Norton Paperback Fiction      Jorge Colón      Glyndebourne Opera      Martin Torp      Karuna Records      Philip Crebbin      Medici Choir      Steve Zorc      University of Illinois Press      Nicki Marsh      James Galway      Neil Zaslaw      Jo Carpenter      Orchestrutopica      Stephanie Cowell      Circles International      Chika Takeuchi      Presteigne Festival      Mitch Jenkins      Chris Christodoulou      Claves Records      Kristen Theriault      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Katarina Soderberg      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Jennifer Paull      Annie Burge      The late Rev David Thompson      David Hughes      People Image      Brian Tarr      Rebecca Schiffman      Mutable Music      

Jens Rötzsch      Katarina Freiberger      Harry Schiffer      Mike Edwards      Sally Burningham      Geraldine Buchanan      Clive Barda      Rob Ramsey      Dimo Dimov      Catherine Ashmore      Sherlock Fortuin      Adrien Cotta      Dan Locklair      Chris Ford      Rebecca Davis      Ken Butcher      British Youth Opera      Greg Barns      Grace Lee      Eugenia Papadimas      Piers Adams      Julia Ionides      Paul Pollei      David Jones      Alistair Hinton      Sue Reiss      BIS Records AB      Amy Rogers      Tess Crebbin      Eva Fampas      T V Sairam      Laurence Lewis      Alfred Frass      Andreas Malkmus      John McCabe      Nonsuch Singers      Bayer Records      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Disques du Solstice      Emma Dain      Opera Holland Park      Borjan Canev      Alastair Muir      Jeffrey James      Andrew Eccles      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      TDK Mediactive      M L Hart      Helen Gill      Munich Philharmonic      Gerard Schurmann      Libra Records Ltd      Keith Saunders      Yolanda Zumaeta      Sasha Gusov      Robbie Jack      Ron Bierman      Lynsey Docherty      Kronberg Academy      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Fabrizio Ferrari      Sotone Historic Recordings      Arne Winkler      

Belinda Sykes      Reinhardt Werner      John Bell Young      Jayang Jung      Matthew O'Sullivan      Brana Records      Carolyn Nott      Eric Laeskogen      Denis ApIvor      Axel Zeininger      Vladislav Kovalsky      Erin Christman      DGB Records      Roderic Dunnett      Finlandia Records      David Stock      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Lisa Pring      Tania Pergamenschikow      Lucy Penwarden      Bob Schneider      harmonia mundi      EMI Records Ltd      Risto Lauriala      Dvora Lewis      Emily Darrow      Mark Bramich      David Bramhall      George Vass      Jenny Crossland      Larry A Russell      Celeste Bacon      Grant Smith      Eroica Classical Recordings      Frances Godden      Richard Black      ASV Ltd      Peter Jaggard      Sue Johnson      Peter Howell      Malcolm Tattersall      Tiberio Snaidero      Alexander Hawley      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Yuri Izawa      Martin Berkofsky      Deux-Elles Ltd      John Rusnak      Jill Kramer      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Eugenia Ames      David Stars      Bill Cooper      Wilfrid Mellers      Chris Grist      Angelika Roessler      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Cecilia McDowall      Monica McCabe      Christine Strub      Bampton Classical Opera      David Lipp      

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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