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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:

English Touring Opera      Glyndebourne Opera      Paul Richardson      John Bell Young      Gordon Rumson      Kelly Ferjutz      HNH International Ltd      Cecilia McDowall      Bill Newman      Philip Crebbin      American Composers Forum      Lynsey Docherty      harmonia mundi      ORF      Deutsche Grammophon      Jo Ashwell      Rhea Kang      Decca Music Group Ltd      Jessica Gould      Green Room Productions      Marc Ginot      Virgin Classics      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      David Bramhall      Royal Opera Covent Garden      University of Illinois Press      Alastair Muir      HLM Classics      Ken Butcher      Jim Robson      Robbie Jack      David Lipp      Matthew O'Sullivan      Anja Ullrich      Yolanda Zumaeta      Mutable Music      Alexandra Vosding      Borjan Canev      Roderic Dunnett      Reinhardt Werner      Rebecca Davis      Jo Carpenter      Risto Lauriala      Peter Morgan      Jonathan Sayles      Stephen Wright      Enid Luff      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Gernsbeck      Micaela Pittaluga      Karuna Records      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Lisa Pring      The late Rev David Thompson      Sotone Historic Recordings      Lucy Penwarden      Rex Harley      Ron Bierman      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Jeanne O'Keefe      Malcolm Miller      London Concertante      

Simax Classics      Jeff Loughlin      Mike Leale      Bill Cooper      Rika Lino      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Greg Barns      Colin Willoughby      Andrew Eccles      Arne Winkler      Barry Maufe      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Paul Pollei      Volksoper Wien      Medici Classics      Chris Grist      J Henry Fair      Mark Bramich      Gerard Schurmann      Alistair Hinton      Isidor Records      Video Arts International      Anne Kirchbach      Salzburg Festival      Axel Zeininger      Rita Brameld      Monica McCabe      Daniel Rubinoff      Keith Saunders      People Image      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Patric Standford      J Scheerder      Rob Ramsey      Dutton Laboratories      David Jones      Chika Takeuchi      Wolfgang Schnabl      Rai Trade      Chris Christodoulou      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Peter Wass      Manus Carey      Bayerische Rundfunk      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Graz Tourismus      Chesky Records Inc      Eva Fampas      Denis ApIvor      Abendzeitung München      Lutz Sternstein      Rolando Villazon      Munich Philharmonic      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Alexan Zakyan      Stephanie Cowell      Ostkreuz      David Wilkins      Albany Records      Marco Borggreve      Adriana Soaita      

ECM Records GmbH      Primrose Metcalf      Robert Anderson      Welsh National Opera      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Peter Jaggard      Fairbanks      John Credland      Sara Henry      Bob Schneider      Shirley Ratcliffe      Linda Litwack      Amy Rogers      Tzadik      Finlandia Records      Laszlo Bodor      Tess Crebbin      Vienna Modern Masters      Amy Isard      Tamami Honma      Apapaziz Productions      Dimo Dimov      Royal Northern College of Music      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      BEL AIR Media      Ivor Bramich      Eric Laeskogen      OgreOgress Productions      Todd Paris      British Youth Opera      Zimbel Press     Grace Lee      Katarina Freiberger      Mitch Jenkins      Hypovereinsbank      Alfred Frass      Sue Reiss      Kaysh Shinn      Peter Howell      Tanglewood Festival      Martin Berkofsky      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Grant Smith      Peter Dickinson      Cala Records Ltd      Cristofori Foundation      Béla Mezey      Daniel Burges      Belinda Sykes      Rebecca Schiffman      Brana Records      Nikky Johnston      Clive Barda      Neil Zaslaw      Adrian Williams      Danielle Woerner      Graham Williams      London Concord Singers      English Chamber Orchestra      Brian Bumby      Yuri Izawa      Buxton Festival      Kim Stanford      

Libra Records Ltd      Holger Badekow      Steve Zorc      ASV Ltd      William Copper      Catriona Chatterley      Chris Ford      Celeste Bacon      Peter Cooper      Stella Dickinson      Victoria Bragin      Disques du Solstice      Kornald Music      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Jayang Jung      Bayerische Staatsoper      Priory Records Ltd      Viorel Anton      Robert Hugill      Claves Records      Klaus Rudolph      Royal College of Music      Fabrizio Ferrari      Mike Edwards      Roger Mastroianni      Angelika Roessler      Chandos Records      Colin Bramich      Christina O'hart      Sybille Werner      Dvora Lewis      Nonsuch Singers      Malcolm Tattersall      Andreas Malkmus      Jennifer Paull      Emily Darrow      Thomas Hampson      Wilfrid Mellers      Real Sound srl      Longborough Festival Opera      Circles International      Arena PAL      Howard Smith      Helen Gill      David Angell      Laurence Lewis      Jeffrey James      Emma Dain      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Orchestrutopica      Sven Helbig      Annette Wittkopf      Garden Opera      Erin Christman      G Thum      Ashley Wass      Rudolf Budja      Lady Barbirolli      Nicki Marsh      George Vass      Richard Black      Piers Adams      Adrien Cotta      

Eugenia Papadimas      Carson Cooman      Harry Schiffer      Gary Hickling      M N Robert      London Sinfonietta      Louise Ringrose      Charlotte Ooi      Jens Rötzsch      Schott Archieve      Larry A Russell      Opera Holland Park      Meikui Matsushima      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      David Hughes      John McCabe      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      M L Hart      Tiberio Snaidero      Harry Heleotis      Eric Klug      Kronberg Academy      Kate Manning      Celia Ballantyne      Brian Tarr      Sasha Gusov      Fonit Cetra      T V Sairam      A T Schaefer      BIS Records AB      Eric Mahoudeau      Paul Minotto      Deux-Elles Ltd      Lindsay Lozon      Katarina Soderberg      Sally Burningham      University of Alaska      Barrie Rogers      Geraldine Buchanan      Lucille Phillips      Megan Fenselau      Tall Poppies Records      Warner Classics      Catherine Ashmore      Wolfram Rieger      Helen Sims      Eugenia Ames      David Stock      Eroica Classical Recordings      Stu Rosner      Nick Prag      Burning River Brass      Janet Hales      EMI Records Ltd      Medici Choir      Wilfried Hösl      Divas Records      David Ellis      Bampton Classical Opera      Alice McVeigh      Tania Pergamenschikow      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Dan Locklair      

Martin Torp      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Jenny Crossland      Bettina Pauli      Frances Godden      David Stars      Julia Ionides      Carolyn Nott      Katja Brooijmans      Paul Sarcich      Ana Papakhian      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Maria Nockin      Bayer Records      Ralph Kulling      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Chipperfield Photography      Sissy von Kotzebue      Susan Alcock      George Georgakakos      Richard Partridge      Alan Hedges      I Fagiolini      John Rusnak      DGB Records      Jane Cunning      Haenssler Classics      Nicolas Bruant      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Nathan J Silverman      Lawrence Budmen      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Danjulo Ishizaka      Jorge Colón      Christine Strub      Mikael Winroth      Oliver Oppitz      Verlag Neue Musik      Presteigne Festival      Blue Pearl Records      Sue Johnson      Steve Sherman      CPO      Sherlock Fortuin      Shirley Bramich      Violetta Egorova      Regine Koerner      Aulos Musikado      Jason Starr      T Linwood      Europamusicale      Norton Paperback Fiction      Vladislav Kovalsky      Belinda Morgan      Kristen Theriault      Iain C Steel      Fibonacci Sequence      Alexander Hawley      James Galway      TDK Mediactive      Jill Kramer      Annie Burge      

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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