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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:

TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Wolfram Rieger      Jayang Jung      Adrien Cotta      Sasha Gusov      Cala Records Ltd      Eroica Classical Recordings      Dvora Lewis      David Wilkins      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Amy Isard      Tzadik      Norton Paperback Fiction      Chesky Records Inc      Thomas Hampson      Chris Christodoulou      Mikael Winroth      Schott Archieve      Fibonacci Sequence      Robbie Jack      Stephanie Cowell      Linda Litwack      Vienna Modern Masters      Haenssler Classics      Grace Lee      Salzburg Festival      Angelika Roessler      Video Arts International      Naxos Rights International Ltd      John Rusnak      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Rebecca Schiffman      Victoria Bragin      Disques du Solstice      Sybille Werner      Peter Dickinson      I Fagiolini      Royal College of Music      Ivor Bramich      Ostkreuz      English Chamber Orchestra      Jeanne O'Keefe      Bayerische Rundfunk      Bayer Records      Kaysh Shinn      Bob Schneider      Bampton Classical Opera      Alistair Hinton      Paul Sarcich      Malcolm Tattersall      Adrian Williams      Warner Classics      Rolando Villazon      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Longborough Festival Opera      Priory Records Ltd      Hypovereinsbank      London Concertante      Neil Zaslaw      Howard Smith      Virgin Classics      BIS Records AB      Brian Bumby      

Sue Johnson      HNH International Ltd      Malcolm Miller      Nicolas Bruant      Burning River Brass      London Concord Singers      Daniel Burges      Jeffrey James      Europamusicale      Tamami Honma      Emily Darrow      harmonia mundi      Lady Barbirolli      Sue Reiss      Ken Butcher      Janet Hales      University of Alaska      Simax Classics      Holger Badekow      Medici Choir      Martin Torp      Orchestrutopica      Apapaziz Productions      EMI Records Ltd      Mike Leale      People Image      Eva Fampas      Stella Dickinson      Kristen Theriault      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Primrose Metcalf      Jill Kramer      Sissy von Kotzebue      Fonit Cetra      Andrew Eccles      Reinhardt Werner      M L Hart      Brana Records      Anja Ullrich      Yolanda Zumaeta      Jessica Gould      Enid Luff      Susan Alcock      David Jones      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Royal Northern College of Music      Bill Cooper      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      David Bramhall      Paul Minotto      Welsh National Opera      Wilfrid Mellers      Isidor Records      Nonsuch Singers      Munich Philharmonic      Mark Bramich      Violetta Egorova      David Angell      Blue Pearl Records      Christina O'hart      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Lindsay Lozon      M N Robert      

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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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