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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:

Iain C Steel      Nathan J Silverman      Yuri Izawa      Stephen Wright      Risto Lauriala      Peter Dickinson      Nick Prag      Harry Schiffer      Eric Klug      Piers Adams      Paul Minotto      Celia Ballantyne      Ivor Bramich      Belinda Sykes      Albany Records      Video Arts International      Barrie Rogers      Graz Tourismus      David Stock      Larry A Russell      Sybille Werner      Royal Northern College of Music      Volksoper Wien      David Ellis      Europamusicale      Jayang Jung      Nicolas Bruant      Rhea Kang      Burning River Brass      David Bramhall      Belinda Morgan      Circles International      BIS Records AB      Greg Barns      G Thum      Monica McCabe      Royal College of Music      T Linwood      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Holger Badekow      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Schott Archieve      Peter Cooper      Gerard Schurmann      Annette Wittkopf      M N Robert      Arena PAL      Jeanne O'Keefe      American Composers Forum      Micaela Pittaluga      Lady Barbirolli      Garden Opera      Orfeo International Music GmbH      John McCabe      Haenssler Classics      Shirley Ratcliffe      Lucy Penwarden      Nicki Marsh      Sara Henry      Emily Darrow      Lynsey Docherty      Glyndebourne Opera      Decca Music Group Ltd      

Bettina Pauli      Roderic Dunnett      Simax Classics      Jenny Crossland      Robert Anderson      Rex Harley      Brian Bumby      Longborough Festival Opera      Gernsbeck      Salzburg Festival      Wilfried Hösl      BEL AIR Media      Ralph Kulling      Rai Trade      Medici Choir      Harry Heleotis      Rita Brameld      Gordon Rumson      Stu Rosner      Lutz Sternstein      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Vienna Modern Masters      Cala Records Ltd      Sally Burningham      Primrose Metcalf      New Edinburgh Orchestra      People Image      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Emma Dain      Jeffrey James      EMI Records Ltd      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Rolando Villazon      Alistair Hinton      Fonit Cetra      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Sotone Historic Recordings      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Paul Sarcich      Rebecca Schiffman      T V Sairam      Denis ApIvor      harmonia mundi      Martin Torp      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Alan Hedges      English Chamber Orchestra      Abendzeitung München      Grant Smith      Eroica Classical Recordings      Alice McVeigh      Sissy von Kotzebue      Presteigne Festival      Buxton Festival      OgreOgress Productions      Karuna Records      Tiberio Snaidero      Disques du Solstice      Philip Crebbin      Ron Bierman      George Georgakakos      Robert Hugill      Daniel Rubinoff      

Colin Bramich      Eric Mahoudeau      Adrien Cotta      Grace Lee      Viorel Anton      Nonsuch Singers      Peter Jaggard      Jim Robson      Lisa Pring      Chandos Records      HLM Classics      Libra Records Ltd      Catherine Ashmore      Dutton Laboratories      Kate Manning      Fairbanks      J Henry Fair      I Fagiolini      Paul Richardson      Ashley Wass      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Catriona Chatterley      University of Illinois Press      Eugenia Papadimas      Klaus Rudolph      Danielle Woerner      Keith Saunders      Anja Ullrich      Deux-Elles Ltd      Marco Borggreve      Warner Classics      John Bell Young      Howard Smith      Chris Grist      Steve Sherman      Peter Howell      Alexandra Vosding      Dan Locklair      Kornald Music      Katarina Soderberg      Jane Cunning      Cristofori Foundation      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Katarina Freiberger      Neil Zaslaw      Geraldine Buchanan      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Jorge Colón      Lucille Phillips      Mark Bramich      Eva Fampas      Carson Cooman      Bayer Records      Jo Carpenter      British Youth Opera      Nikky Johnston      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Orchestrutopica      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Rob Ramsey      Sue Johnson      Bampton Classical Opera      Paul Pollei      

Clive Barda      Opera Holland Park      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Jens Rötzsch      David Jones      David Stars      Reinhardt Werner      DGB Records      The late Rev David Thompson      Claves Records      Blue Pearl Records      Brian Tarr      Megan Fenselau      John Rusnak      Angelika Roessler      Helen Sims      Louise Ringrose      Oliver Oppitz      Isidor Records      Rudolf Budja      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Medici Classics      Alastair Muir      Fabrizio Ferrari      Tess Crebbin      Divas Records      Patric Standford      English Touring Opera      Sherlock Fortuin      Janet Hales      Andreas Malkmus      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      London Sinfonietta      Malcolm Miller      Regine Koerner      M L Hart      Martin Berkofsky      Cecilia McDowall      Sven Helbig      Wolfgang Schnabl      Chris Christodoulou      University of Alaska      Kronberg Academy      David Angell      ASV Ltd      Malcolm Tattersall      Enid Luff      Ken Butcher      Tall Poppies Records      Adrian Williams      ORF      Bill Cooper      Ostkreuz      Chesky Records Inc      Chika Takeuchi      Barry Maufe      Frances Godden      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Yolanda Zumaeta      Linda Litwack      Robbie Jack      Brana Records      

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Hypovereinsbank      Wolfram Rieger      Laszlo Bodor      London Concertante      Katja Brooijmans      A T Schaefer      Susan Alcock      Christina O'hart      Kim Stanford      Mike Leale      Béla Mezey      Tamami Honma      Tania Pergamenschikow      Richard Partridge      Richard Black      Julia Ionides      Vladislav Kovalsky      Adriana Soaita      George Vass      John Credland      TDK Mediactive      David Lipp      David Hughes      Borjan Canev      Chipperfield Photography      Dvora Lewis      Steve Zorc      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Thomas Hampson      Jeff Loughlin      Stella Dickinson      Priory Records Ltd      Graham Williams      Manus Carey      Gary Hickling      Todd Paris      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Jonathan Sayles      Bayerische Rundfunk      Chris Ford      Rika Lino      Christine Strub      Jo Ashwell      Erin Christman      David Wilkins      Shirley Bramich      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Arne Winkler      Laurence Lewis      Bill Newman      Welsh National Opera      Deutsche Grammophon      Annie Burge      Tzadik      Celeste Bacon      Danjulo Ishizaka      Tanglewood Festival      Jennifer Paull      Alexander Hawley      Lawrence Budmen      Aulos Musikado      ECM Records GmbH      James Galway      

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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