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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:

Libra Records Ltd      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Mark Bramich      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Daniel Rubinoff      Chesky Records Inc      Peter Howell      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Cristofori Foundation      Celeste Bacon      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Stephanie Cowell      Kristen Theriault      Alistair Hinton      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Barry Maufe      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Jayang Jung      Ralph Kulling      Alexan Zakyan      Violetta Egorova      Cala Records Ltd      Ostkreuz      Marc Ginot      David Stock      Priory Records Ltd      Jennifer Paull      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Jonathan Sayles      Alice McVeigh      Belinda Sykes      Katja Brooijmans      Longborough Festival Opera      Alan Hedges      Enid Luff      G Thum      Victoria Bragin      Warner Classics      Blue Pearl Records      Megan Fenselau      Medici Classics      Rex Harley      Kim Stanford      Iain C Steel      Neil Zaslaw      Piers Adams      Matthew O'Sullivan      Orchestrutopica      Jane Cunning      Clive Barda      Salzburg Festival      Brian Bumby      Alexander Hawley      Ivor Bramich      Denis ApIvor      Danjulo Ishizaka      Regine Koerner      Lawrence Budmen      Gordon Rumson      Andreas Malkmus      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Roger Mastroianni      Annie Burge      

Bob Schneider      Graz Tourismus      Jim Robson      Helen Gill      Buxton Festival      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Wolfgang Schnabl      Barrie Rogers      John Credland      Martin Torp      Katarina Freiberger      Gerard Schurmann      Green Room Productions      Ken Butcher      David Stars      OgreOgress Productions      Jorge Colón      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Angelika Roessler      Lutz Sternstein      Wilfried Hösl      Belinda Morgan      David Angell      Grace Lee      Nathan J Silverman      Greg Barns      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Fabrizio Ferrari      Risto Lauriala      Anja Ullrich      Eric Mahoudeau      Rai Trade      Lucy Penwarden      Aulos Musikado      Video Arts International      Stella Dickinson      Jo Ashwell      Axel Zeininger      Jenny Crossland      Linda Litwack      Kelly Ferjutz      Sissy von Kotzebue      ECM Records GmbH      Jeffrey James      Presteigne Festival      Chris Ford      William Copper      M N Robert      Stephen Wright      Fonit Cetra      Sven Helbig      London Concertante      Graham Williams      Sherlock Fortuin      Maria Nockin      CPO      Paul Pollei      Garden Opera      English Touring Opera      Albany Records      Carolyn Nott      Tess Crebbin      

Shirley Ratcliffe      Tiberio Snaidero      Peter Cooper      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Fibonacci Sequence      Bill Newman      Harry Schiffer      A T Schaefer      Claves Records      Klaus Rudolph      David Bramhall      Adrien Cotta      Eva Fampas      Verlag Neue Musik      Yolanda Zumaeta      Mitch Jenkins      Chris Christodoulou      Chandos Records      English Chamber Orchestra      John Bell Young      Todd Paris      Béla Mezey      Rika Lino      Laszlo Bodor      Emma Dain      Steve Zorc      Annette Wittkopf      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Chipperfield Photography      Dimo Dimov      Micaela Pittaluga      Wolfram Rieger      Shirley Bramich      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Yuri Izawa      Wilfrid Mellers      Karuna Records      Malcolm Tattersall      British Youth Opera      Sotone Historic Recordings      Dutton Laboratories      Royal Northern College of Music      Robbie Jack      J Scheerder      Glyndebourne Opera      Lady Barbirolli      Anne Kirchbach      Haenssler Classics      Catriona Chatterley      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Keith Saunders      HNH International Ltd      David Jones      Daniel Burges      Alfred Frass      Rudolf Budja      Arne Winkler      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Thomas Hampson      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Deux-Elles Ltd      Malcolm Miller      

I Fagiolini      Nonsuch Singers      Finlandia Records      Europamusicale      BEL AIR Media      Zimbel Press     Adrian Williams      Sue Johnson      Frances Godden      The late Rev David Thompson      Richard Partridge      Lisa Pring      Roderic Dunnett      Chris Grist      Meikui Matsushima      Carson Cooman      Decca Music Group Ltd      Kornald Music      Philip Crebbin      Jason Starr      Bampton Classical Opera      Celia Ballantyne      Eugenia Papadimas      Jill Kramer      Sasha Gusov      George Vass      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Eugenia Ames      Susan Alcock      Peter Jaggard      Apapaziz Productions      Bill Cooper      Christina O'hart      Helen Sims      Steve Sherman      Disques du Solstice      University of Illinois Press      Eric Laeskogen      harmonia mundi      John Rusnak      Patric Standford      Virgin Classics      People Image      Nikky Johnston      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Borjan Canev      Howard Smith      Katarina Soderberg      Robert Anderson      Mikael Winroth      Christine Strub      Nick Prag      Reinhardt Werner      Vladislav Kovalsky      Oliver Oppitz      Holger Badekow      Robert Hugill      Dvora Lewis      Kaysh Shinn      Tania Pergamenschikow      Divas Records      Grant Smith      

Opera Holland Park      David Lipp      Arena PAL      Larry A Russell      Fairbanks      Nicki Marsh      Primrose Metcalf      Rob Ramsey      Stu Rosner      Viorel Anton      Harry Heleotis      ORF      Burning River Brass      Rebecca Schiffman      Eroica Classical Recordings      Eric Klug      Peter Wass      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Circles International      Real Sound srl      Colin Bramich      Colin Willoughby      Mutable Music      London Concord Singers      Martin Berkofsky      Schott Archieve      Adriana Soaita      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      London Sinfonietta      American Composers Forum      T V Sairam      Ana Papakhian      Simax Classics      ASV Ltd      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Nicolas Bruant      Bayerische Staatsoper      Bayerische Rundfunk      Alastair Muir      Erin Christman      Tall Poppies Records      Louise Ringrose      Rebecca Davis      Manus Carey      David Wilkins      Tamami Honma      Bettina Pauli      Amy Isard      Peter Morgan      Richard Black      Hypovereinsbank      HLM Classics      Geraldine Buchanan      Jo Carpenter      Medici Choir      Kate Manning      J Henry Fair      Rhea Kang      Volksoper Wien      Lynsey Docherty      Brian Tarr      Emily Darrow      Catherine Ashmore      

Vienna Modern Masters      Rolando Villazon      Sara Henry      Sybille Werner      University of Alaska      Janet Hales      TDK Mediactive      George Georgakakos      Welsh National Opera      Gary Hickling      Munich Philharmonic      Kronberg Academy      David Ellis      David Hughes      Brana Records      Jeff Loughlin      Gernsbeck      Jessica Gould      Royal College of Music      Mike Leale      Paul Richardson      Andrew Eccles      Paul Sarcich      Tzadik      Peter Dickinson      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Tanglewood Festival      Jens Rötzsch      Cecilia McDowall      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Isidor Records      Bayer Records      Danielle Woerner      Charlotte Ooi      Laurence Lewis      DGB Records      Mike Edwards      Rita Brameld      Marco Borggreve      Chika Takeuchi      BIS Records AB      Jeanne O'Keefe      James Galway      Paul Minotto      Ron Bierman      M L Hart      Lindsay Lozon      Monica McCabe      Norton Paperback Fiction      Sally Burningham      Sue Reiss      T Linwood      Dan Locklair      Alexandra Vosding      John McCabe      EMI Records Ltd      Lucille Phillips      Abendzeitung München      Amy Rogers      Ashley Wass      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Deutsche Grammophon      Julia Ionides      

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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