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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:

Circles International      Erin Christman      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Lucy Penwarden      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Kristen Theriault      Colin Bramich      Wilfrid Mellers      Helen Sims      Roderic Dunnett      Paul Richardson      ECM Records GmbH      Klaus Rudolph      Cecilia McDowall      Dimo Dimov      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Kim Stanford      harmonia mundi      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Aulos Musikado      Isidor Records      BIS Records AB      Peter Wass      Louise Ringrose      Sissy von Kotzebue      Jo Carpenter      Carolyn Nott      Virgin Classics      Annie Burge      Steve Zorc      John McCabe      American Composers Forum      Katja Brooijmans      Volksoper Wien      Deux-Elles Ltd      Danielle Woerner      Robert Anderson      London Sinfonietta      CPO      Paul Sarcich      Kate Manning      George Georgakakos      Deutsche Grammophon      Finlandia Records      Adrien Cotta      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Katarina Freiberger      ASV Ltd      Harry Schiffer      Peter Cooper      Rebecca Schiffman      Eric Klug      David Lipp      Tess Crebbin      Stu Rosner      Todd Paris      Eva Fampas      Bayerische Staatsoper      Charlotte Ooi      David Wilkins      Mikael Winroth      Presteigne Festival      Bayer Records      

Orfeo International Music GmbH      Albany Records      Longborough Festival Opera      Alexandra Vosding      Micaela Pittaluga      Lady Barbirolli      Welsh National Opera      Chika Takeuchi      Fabrizio Ferrari      Lindsay Lozon      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Eroica Classical Recordings      Wolfgang Schnabl      Peter Jaggard      Enid Luff      Chris Grist      University of Illinois Press      Danjulo Ishizaka      T Linwood      Malcolm Miller      Adrian Williams      James Galway      Apapaziz Productions      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      David Stars      Orchestrutopica      Jeffrey James      T V Sairam      David Jones      Martin Torp      Kronberg Academy      Tiberio Snaidero      Royal College of Music      Rebecca Davis      Meikui Matsushima      Rex Harley      Greg Barns      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Fairbanks      Mutable Music      Tzadik      Bill Newman      John Credland      J Henry Fair      Catherine Ashmore      People Image      HLM Classics      Ashley Wass      Sherlock Fortuin      Alfred Frass      Chris Christodoulou      Jonathan Sayles      Arne Winkler      Richard Black      Dutton Laboratories      Grant Smith      Emma Dain      Eugenia Papadimas      Sotone Historic Recordings      Adriana Soaita      Alexander Hawley      Opera Holland Park      English Chamber Orchestra      

Sasha Gusov      Jeanne O'Keefe      Burning River Brass      Medici Choir      London Concertante      Lawrence Budmen      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      John Bell Young      DGB Records      Kaysh Shinn      Borjan Canev      Carson Cooman      Royal Northern College of Music      Gary Hickling      G Thum      J Scheerder      Brian Tarr      Shirley Bramich      Anja Ullrich      Ivor Bramich      Sara Henry      Piers Adams      Europamusicale      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Paul Pollei      A T Schaefer      Norton Paperback Fiction      Ana Papakhian      Axel Zeininger      Alan Hedges      Chris Ford      Jim Robson      Ron Bierman      William Copper      M N Robert      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Chesky Records Inc      Jens Rötzsch      Ostkreuz      Brian Bumby      Susan Alcock      Chandos Records      Roger Mastroianni      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Rika Lino      Amy Rogers      Sybille Werner      Gerard Schurmann      Lutz Sternstein      Disques du Solstice      Frances Godden      Lisa Pring      Risto Lauriala      Violetta Egorova      Alistair Hinton      Green Room Productions      Graham Williams      Jeff Loughlin      Eric Laeskogen      Anne Kirchbach      Ralph Kulling      Bill Cooper      Victoria Bragin      

Laurence Lewis      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Jane Cunning      Celia Ballantyne      Angelika Roessler      Monica McCabe      Andrew Eccles      Hypovereinsbank      Janet Hales      Iain C Steel      Colin Willoughby      Matthew O'Sullivan      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Tamami Honma      Sally Burningham      Jayang Jung      Rai Trade      Jorge Colón      Salzburg Festival      Maria Nockin      Alexan Zakyan      Arena PAL      Primrose Metcalf      Glyndebourne Opera      Simax Classics      Daniel Rubinoff      Steve Sherman      Rita Brameld      The late Rev David Thompson      Warner Classics      OgreOgress Productions      Harry Heleotis      Keith Saunders      Viorel Anton      Stephen Wright      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Catriona Chatterley      Regine Koerner      Haenssler Classics      Alastair Muir      Graz Tourismus      Wolfram Rieger      Shirley Ratcliffe      Lucille Phillips      Real Sound srl      Bampton Classical Opera      Decca Music Group Ltd      ORF      Yuri Izawa      Sue Johnson      HNH International Ltd      Vladislav Kovalsky      Nonsuch Singers      John Rusnak      Schott Archieve      Rob Ramsey      Rudolf Budja      Howard Smith      Nathan J Silverman      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Manus Carey      Verlag Neue Musik      

David Stock      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Mike Edwards      Malcolm Tattersall      Eugenia Ames      Celeste Bacon      Kelly Ferjutz      Cristofori Foundation      Robbie Jack      Jill Kramer      Sven Helbig      Helen Gill      Sue Reiss      Stephanie Cowell      Chipperfield Photography      BEL AIR Media      Gernsbeck      Garden Opera      Nikky Johnston      Medici Classics      Peter Morgan      I Fagiolini      Lynsey Docherty      Holger Badekow      David Ellis      Bob Schneider      Kornald Music      Oliver Oppitz      Divas Records      Zimbel Press     George Vass      Wilfried Hösl      Clive Barda      Ken Butcher      Barrie Rogers      Belinda Sykes      Peter Dickinson      Annette Wittkopf      Nicki Marsh      Larry A Russell      Blue Pearl Records      Libra Records Ltd      David Bramhall      Dvora Lewis      Cala Records Ltd      Marc Ginot      Buxton Festival      Karuna Records      Denis ApIvor      EMI Records Ltd      Andreas Malkmus      Rolando Villazon      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Katarina Soderberg      Nicolas Bruant      Eric Mahoudeau      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Jessica Gould      Yolanda Zumaeta      Peter Howell      Paul Minotto      Vienna Modern Masters      English Touring Opera      

Béla Mezey      Mark Bramich      Alice McVeigh      Daniel Burges      Claves Records      Reinhardt Werner      Brana Records      Fonit Cetra      Nick Prag      TDK Mediactive      Jennifer Paull      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Tall Poppies Records      Grace Lee      Patric Standford      Julia Ionides      Mitch Jenkins      Bayerische Rundfunk      Gordon Rumson      Munich Philharmonic      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Philip Crebbin      Dan Locklair      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      University of Alaska      Megan Fenselau      Marco Borggreve      Jo Ashwell      Neil Zaslaw      Amy Isard      Emily Darrow      Richard Partridge      Jason Starr      Belinda Morgan      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Rhea Kang      Bettina Pauli      M L Hart      Robert Hugill      London Concord Singers      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Barry Maufe      Fibonacci Sequence      Thomas Hampson      Mike Leale      New Edinburgh Orchestra      British Youth Opera      Abendzeitung München      David Angell      Linda Litwack      Jenny Crossland      Tanglewood Festival      Tania Pergamenschikow      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      David Hughes      Geraldine Buchanan      Video Arts International      Martin Berkofsky      Christina O'hart      Stella Dickinson      Laszlo Bodor      Christine Strub      Priory Records Ltd      

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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