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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:

Robert Hugill      Marco Borggreve      Chandos Records      Fabrizio Ferrari      Charlotte Ooi      Jo Carpenter      Decca Music Group Ltd      Mark Bramich      M N Robert      Royal College of Music      Emily Darrow      Kim Stanford      Reinhardt Werner      Medici Choir      Lawrence Budmen      Eugenia Papadimas      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Lisa Pring      English Chamber Orchestra      Tall Poppies Records      Lutz Sternstein      Harry Heleotis      Claves Records      Peter Dickinson      Jeanne O'Keefe      Adrien Cotta      Howard Smith      Meikui Matsushima      Graz Tourismus      Fonit Cetra      Holger Badekow      Malcolm Miller      Daniel Rubinoff      Adrian Williams      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      American Composers Forum      Virgin Classics      Brian Tarr      T V Sairam      Nicolas Bruant      ORF      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Verlag Neue Musik      Jenny Crossland      Borjan Canev      J Henry Fair      Cala Records Ltd      Jonathan Sayles      Presteigne Festival      Wolfgang Schnabl      Mutable Music      Rolando Villazon      Gernsbeck      Viorel Anton      Kaysh Shinn      HNH International Ltd      The late Rev David Thompson      Abendzeitung München      James Galway      Mike Leale      Carson Cooman      Blue Pearl Records      Maria Nockin      

Béla Mezey      Katarina Soderberg      J Scheerder      Lynsey Docherty      DGB Records      Anne Kirchbach      Susan Alcock      Katja Brooijmans      Malcolm Tattersall      Tanglewood Festival      Jens Rötzsch      Piers Adams      Rudolf Budja      Dan Locklair      Stella Dickinson      David Lipp      Volksoper Wien      Adriana Soaita      London Sinfonietta      A T Schaefer      Ron Bierman      Haenssler Classics      Jane Cunning      Enid Luff      Marc Ginot      Grant Smith      OgreOgress Productions      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Larry A Russell      Peter Jaggard      Megan Fenselau      Regine Koerner      Matthew O'Sullivan      Denis ApIvor      London Concord Singers      Cristofori Foundation      Nathan J Silverman      Bampton Classical Opera      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Laurence Lewis      Nikky Johnston      Martin Berkofsky      Sasha Gusov      Louise Ringrose      Ralph Kulling      Jeff Loughlin      Bayerische Staatsoper      Alexandra Vosding      Rita Brameld      ASV Ltd      Steve Zorc      Bayer Records      BIS Records AB      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Deutsche Grammophon      Paul Pollei      Ana Papakhian      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Finlandia Records      Green Room Productions      Linda Litwack      Barrie Rogers      BEL AIR Media      

David Bramhall      Jennifer Paull      Jessica Gould      London Concertante      Nonsuch Singers      Simax Classics      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Tiberio Snaidero      Sybille Werner      Thomas Hampson      Christine Strub      Harry Schiffer      Gordon Rumson      Royal Northern College of Music      Alfred Frass      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Zimbel Press     Robert Anderson      ECM Records GmbH      Munich Philharmonic      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Danjulo Ishizaka      Peter Howell      Richard Black      Richard Partridge      Catherine Ashmore      Bill Newman      Primrose Metcalf      Tania Pergamenschikow      Alexan Zakyan      Kate Manning      Iain C Steel      Neil Zaslaw      Sue Johnson      Yuri Izawa      Rob Ramsey      Janet Hales      Stu Rosner      Bettina Pauli      Nick Prag      Kronberg Academy      Axel Zeininger      Ostkreuz      Apapaziz Productions      Julia Ionides      Barry Maufe      Grace Lee      Peter Wass      Ivor Bramich      Laszlo Bodor      Stephen Wright      Jo Ashwell      Yolanda Zumaeta      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Martin Torp      Alastair Muir      Gary Hickling      Orchestrutopica      Burning River Brass      Wilfrid Mellers      Andrew Eccles      Sherlock Fortuin      Violetta Egorova      

Royal Scottish National Orchestra      University of Alaska      Dvora Lewis      Aulos Musikado      Greg Barns      Brana Records      Alistair Hinton      Arena PAL      Colin Bramich      EMI Records Ltd      Alexander Hawley      Celeste Bacon      Christina O'hart      British Youth Opera      George Georgakakos      Jeffrey James      John Credland      Kristen Theriault      Isidor Records      Sally Burningham      Arne Winkler      John Rusnak      Chipperfield Photography      HLM Classics      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Oliver Oppitz      I Fagiolini      Victoria Bragin      Fairbanks      Manus Carey      Rhea Kang      David Angell      Tess Crebbin      Anja Ullrich      Gerard Schurmann      Rai Trade      Rex Harley      Rika Lino      Andreas Malkmus      Monica McCabe      Jill Kramer      Helen Gill      Robbie Jack      Danielle Woerner      Warner Classics      Amy Isard      Disques du Solstice      Klaus Rudolph      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Annie Burge      David Stock      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Bob Schneider      TDK Mediactive      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Frances Godden      Medici Classics      George Vass      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Salzburg Festival      Steve Sherman      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      

Kelly Ferjutz      Emma Dain      Sara Henry      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Ken Butcher      CPO      Wilfried Hösl      Dutton Laboratories      Jayang Jung      Dimo Dimov      University of Illinois Press      Eroica Classical Recordings      Mikael Winroth      Lucille Phillips      Paul Minotto      David Ellis      Eric Mahoudeau      Cecilia McDowall      Micaela Pittaluga      Carolyn Nott      Bill Cooper      John Bell Young      Real Sound srl      William Copper      Philip Crebbin      Lucy Penwarden      Video Arts International      Vienna Modern Masters      Welsh National Opera      Europamusicale      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Chris Ford      Tzadik      Roderic Dunnett      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Deux-Elles Ltd      Katarina Freiberger      Opera Holland Park      Roger Mastroianni      Sotone Historic Recordings      Glyndebourne Opera      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Daniel Burges      Jason Starr      English Touring Opera      People Image      G Thum      Stephanie Cowell      Angelika Roessler      Celia Ballantyne      Alan Hedges      Chika Takeuchi      Eugenia Ames      Eva Fampas      Clive Barda      Chris Grist      Fibonacci Sequence      Chesky Records Inc      Wolfram Rieger      Bayerische Rundfunk      Vladislav Kovalsky      Erin Christman      Amy Rogers      

David Stars      Jorge Colón      David Hughes      Sven Helbig      harmonia mundi      Geraldine Buchanan      David Jones      Shirley Bramich      Rebecca Davis      Mike Edwards      Eric Laeskogen      Belinda Morgan      Buxton Festival      Peter Morgan      Chris Christodoulou      Catriona Chatterley      Peter Cooper      Paul Richardson      Kornald Music      Sissy von Kotzebue      Brian Bumby      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Alice McVeigh      Rebecca Schiffman      David Wilkins      Helen Sims      T Linwood      Annette Wittkopf      Hypovereinsbank      Patric Standford      Norton Paperback Fiction      Garden Opera      Belinda Sykes      Risto Lauriala      Longborough Festival Opera      Keith Saunders      John McCabe      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Karuna Records      Paul Sarcich      Lady Barbirolli      Jim Robson      Shirley Ratcliffe      Todd Paris      Albany Records      Graham Williams      Libra Records Ltd      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      M L Hart      Tamami Honma      Divas Records      Nicki Marsh      Lindsay Lozon      Schott Archieve      Colin Willoughby      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Circles International      Eric Klug      Ashley Wass      Mitch Jenkins      Sue Reiss      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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