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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:

Peter Dickinson      Fabrizio Ferrari      Libra Records Ltd      Jorge Colón      John Bell Young      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Peter Wass      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Sybille Werner      Garden Opera      Reinhardt Werner      Catherine Ashmore      Deux-Elles Ltd      Rhea Kang      Christina O'hart      Stu Rosner      Dvora Lewis      Matthew O'Sullivan      Gordon Rumson      M N Robert      Medici Choir      ORF      Roger Mastroianni      Sissy von Kotzebue      Chris Christodoulou      Real Sound srl      Greg Barns      Mike Edwards      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Wilfrid Mellers      Sherlock Fortuin      HNH International Ltd      J Henry Fair      Verlag Neue Musik      Deutsche Grammophon      Arena PAL      OgreOgress Productions      Sven Helbig      Mutable Music      Lucy Penwarden      Clive Barda      John McCabe      Salzburg Festival      London Concord Singers      Munich Philharmonic      David Jones      John Rusnak      Tania Pergamenschikow      Lady Barbirolli      Sue Johnson      BEL AIR Media      ASV Ltd      Karuna Records      Fonit Cetra      Jonathan Sayles      Roderic Dunnett      American Composers Forum      Danjulo Ishizaka      Todd Paris      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Haenssler Classics      Belinda Sykes      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      

Sally Burningham      Kristen Theriault      Monica McCabe      Mikael Winroth      Helen Gill      Belinda Morgan      David Wilkins      Buxton Festival      Robert Anderson      Celeste Bacon      Peter Cooper      Tamami Honma      William Copper      Anja Ullrich      Shirley Ratcliffe      G Thum      Frances Godden      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Nick Prag      Robbie Jack      Klaus Rudolph      Alfred Frass      Ralph Kulling      James Galway      Bayer Records      Tess Crebbin      Isidor Records      George Vass      Claves Records      Bill Newman      Primrose Metcalf      Rebecca Schiffman      Shirley Bramich      Dan Locklair      Nikky Johnston      Katarina Soderberg      TDK Mediactive      Keith Saunders      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      People Image      Jason Starr      Daniel Burges      Celia Ballantyne      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Daniel Rubinoff      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Laszlo Bodor      Eric Klug      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Priory Records Ltd      Janet Hales      Mitch Jenkins      Fairbanks      Amy Rogers      Warner Classics      Brian Tarr      Opera Holland Park      Amy Isard      Lucille Phillips      Alexan Zakyan      Angelika Roessler      Orchestrutopica      

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Colin Bramich      Rolando Villazon      DGB Records      Blue Pearl Records      Nicki Marsh      David Lipp      Kornald Music      Vladislav Kovalsky      Meikui Matsushima      London Concertante      Charlotte Ooi      Philip Crebbin      Paul Pollei      Erin Christman      Mark Bramich      University of Alaska      Malcolm Tattersall      Adrien Cotta      Ken Butcher      Chandos Records      BIS Records AB      Eugenia Ames      Paul Minotto      Ostkreuz      Grace Lee      Presteigne Festival      Disques du Solstice      Gerard Schurmann      Kaysh Shinn      Axel Zeininger      M L Hart      Piers Adams      Colin Willoughby      Alice McVeigh      Ana Papakhian      Neil Zaslaw      Borjan Canev      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Emma Dain      Eroica Classical Recordings      Eric Mahoudeau      Jeffrey James      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Richard Partridge      A T Schaefer      Bampton Classical Opera      Anne Kirchbach      Carolyn Nott      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      David Bramhall      Peter Morgan      Norton Paperback Fiction      Longborough Festival Opera      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Lutz Sternstein      Albany Records      T Linwood      CPO      Denis ApIvor      Video Arts International      Kate Manning      Bettina Pauli      Tiberio Snaidero      

Jennifer Paull      Stella Dickinson      Harry Schiffer      Bill Cooper      Jessica Gould      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Katarina Freiberger      Nathan J Silverman      Dimo Dimov      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Rex Harley      Adriana Soaita      Katja Brooijmans      David Ellis      Julia Ionides      Marc Ginot      Oliver Oppitz      Fibonacci Sequence      Regine Koerner      Micaela Pittaluga      Megan Fenselau      Barry Maufe      Schott Archieve      Jayang Jung      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Wilfried Hösl      Wolfram Rieger      Jenny Crossland      Annette Wittkopf      Rita Brameld      Glyndebourne Opera      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Bayerische Rundfunk      Jo Carpenter      Eugenia Papadimas      Larry A Russell      Hypovereinsbank      Rai Trade      Iain C Steel      English Chamber Orchestra      Adrian Williams      Yuri Izawa      Danielle Woerner      Nonsuch Singers      Dutton Laboratories      Chika Takeuchi      I Fagiolini      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Wolfgang Schnabl      Burning River Brass      David Stars      Circles International      Victoria Bragin      Alastair Muir      Eric Laeskogen      Jim Robson      Grant Smith      Paul Sarcich      Bayerische Staatsoper      Jens Rötzsch      Cecilia McDowall      Volksoper Wien      Sasha Gusov      

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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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