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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

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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:

Ana Papakhian      George Vass      Piers Adams      Blue Pearl Records      Burning River Brass      Libra Records Ltd      Jane Cunning      Sue Johnson      Sherlock Fortuin      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      M N Robert      Jim Robson      Anne Kirchbach      Eric Mahoudeau      Simax Classics      Laurence Lewis      Bill Newman      Peter Jaggard      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      University of Illinois Press      Schott Archieve      Jennifer Paull      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Sissy von Kotzebue      Mike Leale      Sally Burningham      Adriana Soaita      Risto Lauriala      Stephen Wright      Helen Sims      Bayerische Staatsoper      Oliver Oppitz      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Erin Christman      Denis ApIvor      Decca Music Group Ltd      David Ellis      Video Arts International      Megan Fenselau      London Concord Singers      Philip Crebbin      Chesky Records Inc      Carolyn Nott      Nikky Johnston      Shirley Bramich      Victoria Bragin      Graz Tourismus      Lynsey Docherty      Louise Ringrose      TDK Mediactive      I Fagiolini      Regine Koerner      Deux-Elles Ltd      Chris Ford      Mutable Music      Vienna Modern Masters      Brian Bumby      Ashley Wass      Kristen Theriault      Rex Harley      Dutton Laboratories      Divas Records      Warner Classics      

Rika Lino      Frances Godden      Borjan Canev      Anja Ullrich      Nonsuch Singers      ECM Records GmbH      Kate Manning      Robert Anderson      Longborough Festival Opera      Alexander Hawley      Gordon Rumson      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Monica McCabe      Isidor Records      Peter Morgan      Jeffrey James      Tiberio Snaidero      Peter Howell      New Edinburgh Orchestra      David Lipp      Amy Isard      Jorge Colón      Jens Rötzsch      Jessica Gould      Julia Ionides      Janet Hales      Dan Locklair      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Chipperfield Photography      Volksoper Wien      Helen Gill      Rebecca Schiffman      Béla Mezey      Paul Richardson      Roger Mastroianni      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Sven Helbig      Zimbel Press     Alastair Muir      Reinhardt Werner      Chris Christodoulou      Steve Sherman      Malcolm Miller      Dvora Lewis      Clive Barda      Fabrizio Ferrari      Abendzeitung München      Lisa Pring      Ron Bierman      David Jones      CPO      Colin Bramich      Chandos Records      Peter Dickinson      British Youth Opera      Eric Laeskogen      Cristofori Foundation      Ivor Bramich      Gerard Schurmann      Norton Paperback Fiction      Bayerische Rundfunk      Richard Black      David Bramhall      

Stella Dickinson      Deutsche Grammophon      Robbie Jack      Jill Kramer      Welsh National Opera      Orchestrutopica      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      harmonia mundi      Yuri Izawa      Circles International      Jayang Jung      Laszlo Bodor      Danjulo Ishizaka      Garden Opera      Sybille Werner      Klaus Rudolph      Bob Schneider      Barrie Rogers      Robert Hugill      Bampton Classical Opera      Danielle Woerner      Daniel Rubinoff      Tamami Honma      Axel Zeininger      Lindsay Lozon      Primrose Metcalf      Susan Alcock      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Bettina Pauli      Eva Fampas      Claves Records      Dimo Dimov      Priory Records Ltd      Lawrence Budmen      The late Rev David Thompson      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Lucille Phillips      Lady Barbirolli      Marc Ginot      Emma Dain      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Wolfram Rieger      Shirley Ratcliffe      Rita Brameld      DGB Records      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Iain C Steel      OgreOgress Productions      Richard Partridge      Real Sound srl      Adrien Cotta      Celeste Bacon      Fonit Cetra      Bill Cooper      Micaela Pittaluga      Meikui Matsushima      M L Hart      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Rebecca Davis      English Touring Opera      Paul Sarcich      Disques du Solstice      Todd Paris      

BIS Records AB      Sotone Historic Recordings      Malcolm Tattersall      Wilfried Hösl      Jenny Crossland      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Holger Badekow      J Scheerder      Ostkreuz      Munich Philharmonic      Jo Carpenter      Orfeo International Music GmbH      David Wilkins      T Linwood      Amy Rogers      Andreas Malkmus      Buxton Festival      Arena PAL      Hypovereinsbank      Sara Henry      Violetta Egorova      Europamusicale      Haenssler Classics      Lutz Sternstein      Alexan Zakyan      Steve Zorc      Alice McVeigh      Eugenia Papadimas      EMI Records Ltd      Mark Bramich      Peter Wass      Christine Strub      David Stars      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Verlag Neue Musik      American Composers Forum      Eroica Classical Recordings      Chika Takeuchi      Linda Litwack      Daniel Burges      Martin Torp      Greg Barns      Royal College of Music      Nathan J Silverman      Marco Borggreve      Lucy Penwarden      Tall Poppies Records      Manus Carey      ASV Ltd      Belinda Sykes      Grant Smith      Opera Holland Park      Presteigne Festival      Apapaziz Productions      Peter Cooper      Enid Luff      Angelika Roessler      Kronberg Academy      Medici Choir      BEL AIR Media      Kaysh Shinn      ORF      Tess Crebbin      

David Hughes      Jeff Loughlin      Kelly Ferjutz      Aulos Musikado      Belinda Morgan      Colin Willoughby      Christina O'hart      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      HLM Classics      Rolando Villazon      Tania Pergamenschikow      Paul Minotto      Paul Pollei      London Concertante      Bayer Records      Viorel Anton      Wolfgang Schnabl      Rob Ramsey      Gary Hickling      Maria Nockin      Andrew Eccles      Roderic Dunnett      Royal Northern College of Music      Glyndebourne Opera      Nick Prag      Alfred Frass      Howard Smith      Neil Zaslaw      Eric Klug      Keith Saunders      G Thum      Charlotte Ooi      T V Sairam      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Medici Classics      Albany Records      Larry A Russell      John McCabe      Mitch Jenkins      Rhea Kang      John Credland      Yolanda Zumaeta      Thomas Hampson      Katarina Freiberger      Tzadik      Harry Heleotis      Nicolas Bruant      English Chamber Orchestra      James Galway      Graham Williams      Katarina Soderberg      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Arne Winkler      University of Alaska      Rai Trade      Alan Hedges      Karuna Records      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Virgin Classics      Salzburg Festival      Cala Records Ltd      Sasha Gusov      Finlandia Records      

Stu Rosner      Martin Berkofsky      Caroline von Reitzenstein      William Copper      Catriona Chatterley      Adrian Williams      Eugenia Ames      John Rusnak      Rudolf Budja      Ralph Kulling      Gernsbeck      Nicki Marsh      Cecilia McDowall      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Fairbanks      Mikael Winroth      Stephanie Cowell      Fibonacci Sequence      HNH International Ltd      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Annie Burge      John Bell Young      Annette Wittkopf      Katja Brooijmans      Harry Schiffer      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Green Room Productions      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Matthew O'Sullivan      David Angell      Chris Grist      Vladislav Kovalsky      Jonathan Sayles      Catherine Ashmore      People Image      London Sinfonietta      Alexandra Vosding      Jeanne O'Keefe      Brana Records      Celia Ballantyne      Mike Edwards      Jason Starr      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      J Henry Fair      Tanglewood Festival      A T Schaefer      David Stock      George Georgakakos      Emily Darrow      Sue Reiss      Ken Butcher      Jo Ashwell      Barry Maufe      Grace Lee      Brian Tarr      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Wilfrid Mellers      Carson Cooman      Kornald Music      Geraldine Buchanan      Patric Standford      Alistair Hinton      Kim Stanford      

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.

Signed,
a friend

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