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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:

Rex Harley      Bill Cooper      Alice McVeigh      Graz Tourismus      Richard Partridge      Rika Lino      London Sinfonietta      Philip Crebbin      Simax Classics      Adrian Williams      OgreOgress Productions      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Primrose Metcalf      Fibonacci Sequence      Bayerische Rundfunk      Rudolf Budja      Opera Holland Park      Dimo Dimov      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Todd Paris      Tess Crebbin      Axel Zeininger      Bettina Pauli      Harry Heleotis      Chika Takeuchi      Barry Maufe      Steve Sherman      Eugenia Ames      David Jones      Malcolm Miller      Cecilia McDowall      Piers Adams      Ken Butcher      Celeste Bacon      Keith Saunders      Claves Records      Ivor Bramich      Dutton Laboratories      Grace Lee      Béla Mezey      Paul Richardson      Dvora Lewis      Jenny Crossland      Linda Litwack      Greg Barns      Peter Wass      Rhea Kang      Grant Smith      Marc Ginot      Sally Burningham      Chris Grist      ORF      Warner Classics      People Image      Ostkreuz      Howard Smith      Eric Mahoudeau      Jeff Loughlin      Tania Pergamenschikow      Eric Klug      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Vienna Modern Masters      

Belinda Sykes      Nathan J Silverman      Sven Helbig      Thomas Hampson      Caroline von Reitzenstein      I Fagiolini      Tall Poppies Records      Decca Music Group Ltd      Gary Hickling      Sybille Werner      Mikael Winroth      Peter Jaggard      Tzadik      Apapaziz Productions      Geraldine Buchanan      Erin Christman      Jessica Gould      Amy Isard      University of Illinois Press      Verlag Neue Musik      Frances Godden      David Bramhall      Holger Badekow      Cristofori Foundation      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Andrew Eccles      Nick Prag      EMI Records Ltd      Oliver Oppitz      Chesky Records Inc      Gordon Rumson      Roderic Dunnett      Stephanie Cowell      Peter Howell      Roger Mastroianni      Christina O'hart      T V Sairam      Ron Bierman      Christine Strub      Charlotte Ooi      Stu Rosner      Brana Records      Reinhardt Werner      Jorge Colón      Lindsay Lozon      Wolfram Rieger      HLM Classics      Deutsche Grammophon      David Stars      Carolyn Nott      Royal College of Music      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Celia Ballantyne      Zimbel Press     Maria Nockin      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Alexandra Vosding      Daniel Rubinoff      Stephen Wright      Mutable Music      Lucille Phillips      Finlandia Records      

Amy Rogers      Nicki Marsh      Rai Trade      Fonit Cetra      Lucy Penwarden      Anne Kirchbach      Bill Newman      Violetta Egorova      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Peter Dickinson      Patric Standford      London Concord Singers      Circles International      Kornald Music      Jason Starr      Graham Williams      Presteigne Festival      T Linwood      Real Sound srl      Harry Schiffer      Paul Pollei      Iain C Steel      Janet Hales      Laurence Lewis      Munich Philharmonic      Richard Black      Colin Bramich      Gerard Schurmann      Bayerische Staatsoper      Buxton Festival      harmonia mundi      Tiberio Snaidero      Mitch Jenkins      Gernsbeck      Wolfgang Schnabl      Stella Dickinson      Sara Henry      Annette Wittkopf      Eric Laeskogen      J Scheerder      John McCabe      Megan Fenselau      Brian Bumby      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Monica McCabe      Robert Anderson      Alexander Hawley      Lutz Sternstein      ASV Ltd      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Manus Carey      Nikky Johnston      Jayang Jung      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Jens Rötzsch      CPO      Ashley Wass      Jennifer Paull      Shirley Bramich      Klaus Rudolph      American Composers Forum      Robbie Jack      

Alexan Zakyan      Kristen Theriault      Katarina Soderberg      Risto Lauriala      Alistair Hinton      Sherlock Fortuin      Priory Records Ltd      Shirley Ratcliffe      Alfred Frass      Mike Edwards      Eroica Classical Recordings      Yolanda Zumaeta      Chris Ford      Ralph Kulling      Jeanne O'Keefe      Aulos Musikado      Martin Berkofsky      Cala Records Ltd      Katja Brooijmans      Hypovereinsbank      Katarina Freiberger      DGB Records      A T Schaefer      Rebecca Davis      Chandos Records      Fairbanks      Jonathan Sayles      Paul Minotto      Martin Torp      Kaysh Shinn      Lady Barbirolli      Adriana Soaita      Anja Ullrich      Abendzeitung München      Rebecca Schiffman      James Galway      Denis ApIvor      Arena PAL      Schott Archieve      Enid Luff      Wilfried Hösl      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Sasha Gusov      Blue Pearl Records      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Borjan Canev      English Chamber Orchestra      Daniel Burges      Peter Morgan      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Lisa Pring      Belinda Morgan      The late Rev David Thompson      Yuri Izawa      HNH International Ltd      Ana Papakhian      Royal Northern College of Music      John Bell Young      Fabrizio Ferrari      Kelly Ferjutz      Mark Bramich      Peter Cooper      

David Angell      William Copper      Jill Kramer      Albany Records      Meikui Matsushima      Deux-Elles Ltd      Isidor Records      Larry A Russell      Rolando Villazon      Libra Records Ltd      Bayer Records      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      University of Alaska      Brian Tarr      Kronberg Academy      Karuna Records      Europamusicale      Chipperfield Photography      David Stock      Kim Stanford      Green Room Productions      David Ellis      Welsh National Opera      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Helen Sims      BIS Records AB      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Dan Locklair      Eugenia Papadimas      Disques du Solstice      George Vass      Volksoper Wien      Jeffrey James      Danielle Woerner      Emma Dain      BEL AIR Media      Vladislav Kovalsky      Medici Choir      Virgin Classics      Salzburg Festival      Alan Hedges      Wilfrid Mellers      Catriona Chatterley      TDK Mediactive      Louise Ringrose      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Divas Records      London Concertante      Susan Alcock      Sotone Historic Recordings      Jane Cunning      Kate Manning      Matthew O'Sullivan      Adrien Cotta      Annie Burge      Chris Christodoulou      M L Hart      Garden Opera      Nonsuch Singers      Bampton Classical Opera      Medici Classics      Burning River Brass      Regine Koerner      

Haenssler Classics      Victoria Bragin      Jo Carpenter      Helen Gill      English Touring Opera      Nicolas Bruant      Marco Borggreve      Tamami Honma      Video Arts International      Catherine Ashmore      Sissy von Kotzebue      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Alastair Muir      Neil Zaslaw      Emily Darrow      British Youth Opera      Arne Winkler      Clive Barda      Jim Robson      John Rusnak      Jo Ashwell      David Lipp      Longborough Festival Opera      George Georgakakos      Lawrence Budmen      Malcolm Tattersall      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      David Wilkins      Norton Paperback Fiction      Eva Fampas      Tanglewood Festival      Angelika Roessler      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Orchestrutopica      Andreas Malkmus      Rita Brameld      John Credland      Laszlo Bodor      Colin Willoughby      Carson Cooman      Sue Reiss      G Thum      Robert Hugill      Mike Leale      Barrie Rogers      M N Robert      Julia Ionides      New Edinburgh Orchestra      David Hughes      Steve Zorc      Bob Schneider      Micaela Pittaluga      Viorel Anton      Paul Sarcich      J Henry Fair      Glyndebourne Opera      Sue Johnson      Rob Ramsey      ECM Records GmbH      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Lynsey Docherty      Danjulo Ishizaka      

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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