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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:

Royal Opera Covent Garden      Medici Choir      Sally Burningham      Andrew Eccles      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Rika Lino      Eva Fampas      Rebecca Davis      Shirley Ratcliffe      Kaysh Shinn      David Ellis      Anne Kirchbach      Patric Standford      Jane Cunning      Royal College of Music      Nathan J Silverman      Wolfgang Schnabl      CPO      Glyndebourne Opera      Nikky Johnston      Lawrence Budmen      Arne Winkler      Malcolm Tattersall      Isidor Records      Deutsche Grammophon      Sue Reiss      Belinda Sykes      Rebecca Schiffman      Peter Wass      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Catriona Chatterley      David Hughes      ORF      Vienna Modern Masters      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Eric Laeskogen      Karuna Records      DGB Records      Ralph Kulling      Alexandra Vosding      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Lindsay Lozon      Arena PAL      Longborough Festival Opera      Kate Manning      Adrian Williams      London Sinfonietta      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Tamami Honma      Kim Stanford      James Galway      Mark Bramich      Nicki Marsh      Julia Ionides      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Opera Holland Park      Axel Zeininger      Helen Gill      Warner Classics      Rob Ramsey      Sven Helbig      Annie Burge      

Larry A Russell      John Bell Young      Fonit Cetra      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Roderic Dunnett      Andreas Malkmus      George Georgakakos      Deux-Elles Ltd      Eric Klug      David Wilkins      Helen Sims      Belinda Morgan      Rudolf Budja      Volksoper Wien      Jonathan Sayles      Chika Takeuchi      Mike Edwards      Tzadik      Christine Strub      Shirley Bramich      Bayerische Staatsoper      Louise Ringrose      Martin Berkofsky      Alice McVeigh      English Chamber Orchestra      Grace Lee      University of Illinois Press      John Rusnak      M N Robert      Paul Minotto      Jo Carpenter      Jessica Gould      Tania Pergamenschikow      William Copper      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Albany Records      Wilfrid Mellers      Katarina Soderberg      Graham Williams      Stu Rosner      Alexander Hawley      I Fagiolini      Alan Hedges      Ken Butcher      David Jones      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Reinhardt Werner      Alastair Muir      Katja Brooijmans      Jo Ashwell      Jayang Jung      Lynsey Docherty      Eroica Classical Recordings      Apapaziz Productions      Sue Johnson      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Alexan Zakyan      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Greg Barns      Sybille Werner      Schott Archieve      Bill Newman      Colin Willoughby      

Piers Adams      Robert Hugill      Graz Tourismus      Stephen Wright      Harry Heleotis      Green Room Productions      Denis ApIvor      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Garden Opera      Malcolm Miller      Kronberg Academy      Stephanie Cowell      Daniel Rubinoff      Stella Dickinson      Burning River Brass      Viorel Anton      Chris Christodoulou      Catherine Ashmore      Kornald Music      Regine Koerner      Manus Carey      Grant Smith      Disques du Solstice      Paul Sarcich      Virgin Classics      University of Alaska      Sherlock Fortuin      Lisa Pring      David Stars      Presteigne Festival      Gordon Rumson      Orchestrutopica      J Scheerder      ECM Records GmbH      David Angell      harmonia mundi      Megan Fenselau      T Linwood      Marc Ginot      Ashley Wass      Ana Papakhian      Yolanda Zumaeta      Paul Pollei      Bayerische Rundfunk      Chris Grist      Laszlo Bodor      Circles International      Bampton Classical Opera      Klaus Rudolph      Jason Starr      Divas Records      Neil Zaslaw      Danjulo Ishizaka      Peter Cooper      Martin Torp      Nicolas Bruant      Steve Sherman      David Lipp      Eugenia Papadimas      Paul Richardson      Angelika Roessler      Monica McCabe      

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Bob Schneider      Mikael Winroth      Brana Records      Munich Philharmonic      Rita Brameld      Barrie Rogers      Clive Barda      Lucille Phillips      Jeffrey James      Rolando Villazon      David Bramhall      HNH International Ltd      Peter Howell      Mike Leale      Decca Music Group Ltd      Eugenia Ames      Yuri Izawa      The late Rev David Thompson      Steve Zorc      J Henry Fair      Eric Mahoudeau      Annette Wittkopf      Brian Tarr      British Youth Opera      Tess Crebbin      Danielle Woerner      David Stock      Jennifer Paull      Vladislav Kovalsky      Roger Mastroianni      Claves Records      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Richard Black      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Bayer Records      John McCabe      Charlotte Ooi      Micaela Pittaluga      Chipperfield Photography      Anja Ullrich      Cala Records Ltd      Rex Harley      Celeste Bacon      Rhea Kang      Matthew O'Sullivan      Adrien Cotta      Peter Morgan      Sara Henry      London Concertante      Nonsuch Singers      Fairbanks      Chris Ford      American Composers Forum      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Keith Saunders      Carolyn Nott      George Vass      Barry Maufe      EMI Records Ltd      BEL AIR Media      Mitch Jenkins      Chandos Records      

Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Europamusicale      Kelly Ferjutz      Cecilia McDowall      Frances Godden      Brian Bumby      Janet Hales      Zimbel Press     Libra Records Ltd      Holger Badekow      Richard Partridge      Chesky Records Inc      Amy Rogers      Risto Lauriala      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Jorge Colón      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Violetta Egorova      Lutz Sternstein      John Credland      Gary Hickling      Robert Anderson      Colin Bramich      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Lucy Penwarden      Dutton Laboratories      Bettina Pauli      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Jill Kramer      Gernsbeck      Geraldine Buchanan      Christina O'hart      Peter Dickinson      Sasha Gusov      Jeanne O'Keefe      Peter Jaggard      Emma Dain      Amy Isard      Lady Barbirolli      Howard Smith      Tiberio Snaidero      Medici Classics      Bill Cooper      Dimo Dimov      Jim Robson      Harry Schiffer      T V Sairam      Victoria Bragin      ASV Ltd      Robbie Jack      TDK Mediactive      Tanglewood Festival      Adriana Soaita      People Image      Sissy von Kotzebue      Video Arts International      Maria Nockin      Kristen Theriault      Linda Litwack      Todd Paris      Welsh National Opera      Priory Records Ltd      Simax Classics      

Abendzeitung München      Buxton Festival      Jeff Loughlin      Cristofori Foundation      Ostkreuz      Ivor Bramich      Sotone Historic Recordings      Fabrizio Ferrari      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Celia Ballantyne      Laurence Lewis      HLM Classics      Rai Trade      G Thum      Susan Alcock      Emily Darrow      Dan Locklair      A T Schaefer      Hypovereinsbank      Dvora Lewis      Fibonacci Sequence      Borjan Canev      Primrose Metcalf      Salzburg Festival      Thomas Hampson      BIS Records AB      OgreOgress Productions      Meikui Matsushima      Jens Rötzsch      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Béla Mezey      Nick Prag      Verlag Neue Musik      Alfred Frass      Finlandia Records      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      English Touring Opera      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Oliver Oppitz      Wilfried Hösl      Enid Luff      Daniel Burges      Wolfram Rieger      Katarina Freiberger      Blue Pearl Records      Royal Northern College of Music      Ron Bierman      Tall Poppies Records      M L Hart      Erin Christman      Jenny Crossland      Iain C Steel      Philip Crebbin      Norton Paperback Fiction      Carson Cooman      Mutable Music      Marco Borggreve      Alistair Hinton      London Concord Singers      Real Sound srl      Haenssler Classics      Aulos Musikado      Gerard Schurmann      

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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