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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:

Janet Hales      Jim Robson      Lawrence Budmen      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Amy Isard      Mutable Music      Buxton Festival      Stu Rosner      Tess Crebbin      Real Sound srl      Amy Rogers      Simax Classics      John Rusnak      Bayerische Rundfunk      Frances Godden      David Wilkins      Patric Standford      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Ana Papakhian      J Scheerder      Verlag Neue Musik      Daniel Burges      Claves Records      G Thum      Apapaziz Productions      Colin Willoughby      Rex Harley      Europamusicale      Deutsche Grammophon      Bayerische Staatsoper      Decca Music Group Ltd      Cala Records Ltd      Green Room Productions      Ron Bierman      Jeff Loughlin      A T Schaefer      Jill Kramer      Howard Smith      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Rita Brameld      Alan Hedges      Chris Ford      Carson Cooman      HLM Classics      Jennifer Paull      Opera Holland Park      Mikael Winroth      BEL AIR Media      Zimbel Press     John McCabe      Grace Lee      Grant Smith      Eroica Classical Recordings      Victoria Bragin      Kronberg Academy      Geraldine Buchanan      Sherlock Fortuin      Reinhardt Werner      Kornald Music      Divas Records      Dimo Dimov      Lucy Penwarden      Alistair Hinton      

London Sinfonietta      Jo Carpenter      Neil Zaslaw      David Ellis      Cecilia McDowall      Ralph Kulling      George Georgakakos      Ken Butcher      Fonit Cetra      Sybille Werner      Jessica Gould      Salzburg Festival      David Stock      Susan Alcock      Presteigne Festival      Laszlo Bodor      Tall Poppies Records      Mark Bramich      Chesky Records Inc      Rebecca Schiffman      Annette Wittkopf      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Alexander Hawley      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Mike Leale      Béla Mezey      Andreas Malkmus      Karuna Records      Manus Carey      Tanglewood Festival      Tiberio Snaidero      Malcolm Miller      David Hughes      Iain C Steel      Richard Partridge      Blue Pearl Records      David Lipp      Richard Black      People Image      Megan Fenselau      Klaus Rudolph      Schott Archieve      Wilfried Hösl      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Rolando Villazon      Maria Nockin      Libra Records Ltd      Jenny Crossland      Bayer Records      London Concord Singers      Alastair Muir      Nonsuch Singers      Sue Johnson      Tania Pergamenschikow      Celia Ballantyne      Ostkreuz      Nicolas Bruant      Warner Classics      Matthew O'Sullivan      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      OgreOgress Productions      Mike Edwards      Daniel Rubinoff      

Carolyn Nott      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Gerard Schurmann      Brian Bumby      Primrose Metcalf      Bampton Classical Opera      Alice McVeigh      Orchestrutopica      Colin Bramich      I Fagiolini      English Chamber Orchestra      Albany Records      Louise Ringrose      Paul Minotto      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      HNH International Ltd      Linda Litwack      Glyndebourne Opera      Caroline von Reitzenstein      George Vass      Peter Morgan      Garden Opera      Risto Lauriala      Peter Howell      Nicki Marsh      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Priory Records Ltd      Bettina Pauli      Ashley Wass      Kristen Theriault      Katarina Freiberger      Alfred Frass      Roderic Dunnett      BIS Records AB      Bob Schneider      Jorge Colón      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Thomas Hampson      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      David Bramhall      Angelika Roessler      British Youth Opera      Barrie Rogers      Enid Luff      Eric Laeskogen      Welsh National Opera      University of Illinois Press      Harry Schiffer      Micaela Pittaluga      Danjulo Ishizaka      Isidor Records      Kate Manning      Arne Winkler      Arena PAL      Laurence Lewis      Cristofori Foundation      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Paul Sarcich      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Anne Kirchbach      Burning River Brass      Rhea Kang      Gordon Rumson      

Jeffrey James      Eugenia Ames      Axel Zeininger      Christina O'hart      Wilfrid Mellers      Adrian Williams      American Composers Forum      University of Alaska      Oliver Oppitz      Sara Henry      Lisa Pring      Rai Trade      J Henry Fair      Annie Burge      Viorel Anton      Nathan J Silverman      Gary Hickling      Chika Takeuchi      ORF      T V Sairam      Piers Adams      Denis ApIvor      Larry A Russell      Catriona Chatterley      Eric Klug      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Medici Choir      Clive Barda      T Linwood      Wolfgang Schnabl      Wolfram Rieger      English Touring Opera      Sissy von Kotzebue      Tamami Honma      Chipperfield Photography      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Fibonacci Sequence      The late Rev David Thompson      Meikui Matsushima      Rob Ramsey      Jonathan Sayles      William Copper      Jane Cunning      Shirley Ratcliffe      Dutton Laboratories      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Belinda Morgan      Aulos Musikado      Helen Gill      Charlotte Ooi      Peter Cooper      David Jones      M L Hart      Jeanne O'Keefe      Stella Dickinson      Belinda Sykes      Longborough Festival Opera      ASV Ltd      Katja Brooijmans      Lindsay Lozon      Ivor Bramich      Peter Dickinson      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      

Rudolf Budja      harmonia mundi      Shirley Bramich      Nikky Johnston      Andrew Eccles      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Kelly Ferjutz      Tzadik      Keith Saunders      Lucille Phillips      Rika Lino      Royal College of Music      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Vladislav Kovalsky      Hypovereinsbank      Chandos Records      Royal Northern College of Music      Lynsey Docherty      EMI Records Ltd      Lady Barbirolli      Lutz Sternstein      Martin Berkofsky      Disques du Solstice      Alexan Zakyan      Finlandia Records      DGB Records      John Credland      Munich Philharmonic      Marco Borggreve      Danielle Woerner      Peter Jaggard      Graz Tourismus      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Sven Helbig      David Angell      Violetta Egorova      Abendzeitung München      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Steve Sherman      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Todd Paris      Martin Torp      London Concertante      Rebecca Davis      Holger Badekow      Marc Ginot      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Jo Ashwell      Robert Hugill      James Galway      Emily Darrow      Medici Classics      Eric Mahoudeau      Virgin Classics      Emma Dain      Jens Rötzsch      Jayang Jung      ECM Records GmbH      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Stephanie Cowell      Alexandra Vosding      Robert Anderson      

Catherine Ashmore      Katarina Soderberg      Adriana Soaita      Eugenia Papadimas      Fabrizio Ferrari      John Bell Young      Deux-Elles Ltd      Haenssler Classics      M N Robert      Kim Stanford      Dan Locklair      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Bill Cooper      Video Arts International      Monica McCabe      David Stars      Christine Strub      TDK Mediactive      Brian Tarr      Erin Christman      Gernsbeck      Paul Richardson      Helen Sims      Adrien Cotta      Malcolm Tattersall      CPO      Yolanda Zumaeta      Sasha Gusov      Barry Maufe      Graham Williams      Steve Zorc      Peter Wass      Yuri Izawa      Harry Heleotis      Anja Ullrich      Sotone Historic Recordings      Roger Mastroianni      Vienna Modern Masters      Celeste Bacon      Norton Paperback Fiction      Jason Starr      Eva Fampas      Chris Christodoulou      Robbie Jack      Mitch Jenkins      Julia Ionides      Bill Newman      Sally Burningham      Regine Koerner      Fairbanks      Stephen Wright      Greg Barns      Brana Records      Circles International      Nick Prag      Paul Pollei      Borjan Canev      Sue Reiss      Volksoper Wien      Dvora Lewis      Chris Grist      Kaysh Shinn      Philip Crebbin      

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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