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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:

Kaysh Shinn      Harry Schiffer      Libra Records Ltd      Arne Winkler      Kate Manning      Tania Pergamenschikow      Rolando Villazon      Mike Edwards      Peter Howell      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Vienna Modern Masters      Emily Darrow      David Stock      Chipperfield Photography      Barry Maufe      Decca Music Group Ltd      Roger Mastroianni      Risto Lauriala      Mark Bramich      Lady Barbirolli      Jo Ashwell      Bob Schneider      Apapaziz Productions      Adriana Soaita      Alastair Muir      University of Alaska      Gernsbeck      Kim Stanford      Todd Paris      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Eugenia Papadimas      J Scheerder      Wilfried Hösl      Nick Prag      Lutz Sternstein      Tess Crebbin      Brana Records      Paul Minotto      Colin Willoughby      Rika Lino      Jason Starr      Amy Rogers      Malcolm Miller      Rita Brameld      Julia Ionides      Deux-Elles Ltd      Grace Lee      Nonsuch Singers      Isidor Records      Megan Fenselau      Ashley Wass      Virgin Classics      Jeff Loughlin      Borjan Canev      Orchestrutopica      Green Room Productions      Lindsay Lozon      Alexander Hawley      Celia Ballantyne      Burning River Brass      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Dvora Lewis      Micaela Pittaluga      

Belinda Morgan      Linda Litwack      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Philip Crebbin      Haenssler Classics      Eric Laeskogen      David Lipp      Alexandra Vosding      Stephen Wright      Verlag Neue Musik      George Georgakakos      Paul Sarcich      Blue Pearl Records      Katarina Freiberger      James Galway      John Rusnak      Harry Heleotis      Alfred Frass      Fairbanks      Divas Records      University of Illinois Press      Europamusicale      Daniel Rubinoff      Ana Papakhian      Karuna Records      Chika Takeuchi      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Rudolf Budja      Dimo Dimov      Mikael Winroth      Martin Torp      Sasha Gusov      Rhea Kang      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Jill Kramer      Schott Archieve      Eroica Classical Recordings      Sissy von Kotzebue      Sara Henry      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      TDK Mediactive      David Bramhall      Victoria Bragin      Tzadik      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Andreas Malkmus      David Hughes      EMI Records Ltd      Celeste Bacon      Bill Cooper      George Vass      Bayerische Staatsoper      Ron Bierman      BIS Records AB      Colin Bramich      Welsh National Opera      Alice McVeigh      Thomas Hampson      Richard Black      Mitch Jenkins      Emma Dain      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Helen Gill      

Cala Records Ltd      London Sinfonietta      Ivor Bramich      Stu Rosner      Bayer Records      Eric Mahoudeau      Carson Cooman      Opera Holland Park      Sherlock Fortuin      Alistair Hinton      Steve Sherman      Jens Rötzsch      Paul Richardson      Jorge Colón      harmonia mundi      Bampton Classical Opera      Barrie Rogers      Richard Partridge      Geraldine Buchanan      J Henry Fair      London Concertante      Shirley Ratcliffe      Laurence Lewis      Video Arts International      Catherine Ashmore      Jim Robson      Aulos Musikado      HLM Classics      Jessica Gould      Monica McCabe      Marc Ginot      Chesky Records Inc      Angelika Roessler      Belinda Sykes      Katarina Soderberg      Rebecca Davis      Alan Hedges      Ralph Kulling      Rob Ramsey      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Robert Hugill      Graham Williams      Gordon Rumson      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Lawrence Budmen      David Ellis      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      M L Hart      Robbie Jack      English Touring Opera      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Sven Helbig      Holger Badekow      Robert Anderson      Frances Godden      Erin Christman      Chris Ford      Daniel Burges      Peter Wass      Marco Borggreve      Sally Burningham      David Angell      Janet Hales      

Clive Barda      ORF      Martin Berkofsky      ECM Records GmbH      Danjulo Ishizaka      Nikky Johnston      Brian Tarr      Grant Smith      Katja Brooijmans      Paul Pollei      Norton Paperback Fiction      Kornald Music      Greg Barns      Lucy Penwarden      Volksoper Wien      Priory Records Ltd      Disques du Solstice      Shirley Bramich      Wilfrid Mellers      Susan Alcock      Bettina Pauli      Stella Dickinson      British Youth Opera      Gerard Schurmann      Cristofori Foundation      Jo Carpenter      Vladislav Kovalsky      Annette Wittkopf      Béla Mezey      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Howard Smith      Jonathan Sayles      Jeanne O'Keefe      Ostkreuz      Cecilia McDowall      I Fagiolini      Deutsche Grammophon      Roderic Dunnett      The late Rev David Thompson      Violetta Egorova      John Bell Young      Eric Klug      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Catriona Chatterley      Ken Butcher      Axel Zeininger      Adrien Cotta      Simax Classics      American Composers Forum      Tamami Honma      Yolanda Zumaeta      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      David Wilkins      T Linwood      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Iain C Steel      Charlotte Ooi      David Stars      Rex Harley      Patric Standford      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Rebecca Schiffman      

Amy Isard      Warner Classics      Sue Johnson      Chris Christodoulou      Arena PAL      Meikui Matsushima      Medici Choir      Danielle Woerner      Matthew O'Sullivan      Carolyn Nott      BEL AIR Media      Regine Koerner      Chandos Records      Christine Strub      Andrew Eccles      Laszlo Bodor      Adrian Williams      Louise Ringrose      Lynsey Docherty      Enid Luff      Sybille Werner      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Maria Nockin      Mike Leale      Dan Locklair      M N Robert      Dutton Laboratories      Steve Zorc      English Chamber Orchestra      Kronberg Academy      Abendzeitung München      Longborough Festival Opera      Real Sound srl      Jennifer Paull      DGB Records      Lucille Phillips      Albany Records      Kelly Ferjutz      Brian Bumby      Bill Newman      Presteigne Festival      Neil Zaslaw      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Glyndebourne Opera      CPO      Tall Poppies Records      Piers Adams      Jeffrey James      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Anne Kirchbach      Royal Northern College of Music      Anja Ullrich      Fonit Cetra      Alexan Zakyan      Helen Sims      Jane Cunning      Fabrizio Ferrari      Zimbel Press     Medici Classics      Keith Saunders      Jenny Crossland      Eugenia Ames      Fibonacci Sequence      

Eva Fampas      Salzburg Festival      Wolfgang Schnabl      Wolfram Rieger      Peter Cooper      Sotone Historic Recordings      Denis ApIvor      HNH International Ltd      Viorel Anton      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Tiberio Snaidero      Jayang Jung      Manus Carey      Gary Hickling      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Stephanie Cowell      Nicki Marsh      London Concord Singers      John Credland      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Reinhardt Werner      Larry A Russell      Primrose Metcalf      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      OgreOgress Productions      Yuri Izawa      Finlandia Records      Circles International      Buxton Festival      People Image      Nathan J Silverman      Peter Morgan      Munich Philharmonic      Sue Reiss      David Jones      Garden Opera      Christina O'hart      Nicolas Bruant      Annie Burge      William Copper      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      A T Schaefer      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Mutable Music      Malcolm Tattersall      Claves Records      Hypovereinsbank      Chris Grist      Peter Jaggard      T V Sairam      Oliver Oppitz      Bayerische Rundfunk      Royal College of Music      Peter Dickinson      Graz Tourismus      Klaus Rudolph      Tanglewood Festival      Lisa Pring      John McCabe      G Thum      ASV Ltd      Rai Trade      Kristen Theriault      

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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