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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:

Rita Brameld      Annette Wittkopf      Virgin Classics      Stephanie Cowell      Katarina Freiberger      Catherine Ashmore      Caroline von Reitzenstein      BIS Records AB      TDK Mediactive      Priory Records Ltd      Alfred Frass      James Galway      Fairbanks      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Verlag Neue Musik      Stephen Wright      Jason Starr      Susan Alcock      Neil Zaslaw      Stella Dickinson      Fonit Cetra      Rika Lino      Chris Ford      Kornald Music      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Martin Torp      Jane Cunning      ORF      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Jo Ashwell      David Jones      David Lipp      John Bell Young      Tanglewood Festival      Bayerische Staatsoper      Jill Kramer      M L Hart      Celeste Bacon      Violetta Egorova      David Ellis      Sally Burningham      Risto Lauriala      Steve Zorc      Barry Maufe      Claves Records      Emily Darrow      Mikael Winroth      Adriana Soaita      A T Schaefer      Peter Jaggard      Nicki Marsh      Alexan Zakyan      Colin Willoughby      ASV Ltd      Glyndebourne Opera      Jeff Loughlin      Nathan J Silverman      Mitch Jenkins      Rhea Kang      Marco Borggreve      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Belinda Sykes      Chika Takeuchi      

Lynsey Docherty      Primrose Metcalf      Laurence Lewis      Malcolm Tattersall      Angelika Roessler      American Composers Forum      Enid Luff      Video Arts International      BEL AIR Media      Reinhardt Werner      Disques du Solstice      Graz Tourismus      Klaus Rudolph      Kronberg Academy      Malcolm Miller      Holger Badekow      London Concertante      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      George Georgakakos      DGB Records      Thomas Hampson      Simax Classics      Lisa Pring      Piers Adams      Fibonacci Sequence      Vladislav Kovalsky      Mutable Music      Emma Dain      Cristofori Foundation      Ralph Kulling      Isidor Records      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Tzadik      Regine Koerner      J Scheerder      Helen Gill      Richard Partridge      Mike Leale      Anja Ullrich      Todd Paris      Denis ApIvor      David Bramhall      Eric Laeskogen      Eric Klug      Jayang Jung      Rebecca Davis      Nicolas Bruant      Jennifer Paull      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Rudolf Budja      Jessica Gould      Steve Sherman      Sybille Werner      John Rusnak      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Gernsbeck      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Erin Christman      Buxton Festival      Jonathan Sayles      Rebecca Schiffman      Eva Fampas      Bayerische Rundfunk      

Eric Mahoudeau      Finlandia Records      Rob Ramsey      Karuna Records      Vienna Modern Masters      Alexander Hawley      Wilfried Hösl      Paul Richardson      George Vass      Royal Northern College of Music      Jorge Colón      Robbie Jack      Bill Cooper      Anne Kirchbach      Peter Howell      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Sara Henry      Axel Zeininger      Sissy von Kotzebue      Deutsche Grammophon      London Concord Singers      Janet Hales      Kaysh Shinn      Brian Bumby      Frances Godden      English Chamber Orchestra      Patric Standford      London Sinfonietta      Munich Philharmonic      Real Sound srl      Charlotte Ooi      Jo Carpenter      Tamami Honma      Fabrizio Ferrari      Paul Minotto      Royal College of Music      Laszlo Bodor      Barrie Rogers      Annie Burge      Adrian Williams      Garden Opera      Alice McVeigh      Ron Bierman      Meikui Matsushima      Divas Records      Mike Edwards      People Image      Linda Litwack      British Youth Opera      Salzburg Festival      Peter Morgan      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Peter Dickinson      David Stock      Bampton Classical Opera      Maria Nockin      CPO      Robert Hugill      Jens Rötzsch      Graham Williams      Manus Carey      Eugenia Papadimas      Kristen Theriault      

Shirley Ratcliffe      Chesky Records Inc      Iain C Steel      Haenssler Classics      Circles International      Monica McCabe      Katja Brooijmans      Amy Isard      Bettina Pauli      Danjulo Ishizaka      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Micaela Pittaluga      Sue Reiss      Ashley Wass      English Touring Opera      Orfeo International Music GmbH      T Linwood      Keith Saunders      Jim Robson      Christine Strub      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Andreas Malkmus      Tiberio Snaidero      Medici Classics      Welsh National Opera      Deux-Elles Ltd      Cecilia McDowall      Celia Ballantyne      Longborough Festival Opera      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Gary Hickling      Danielle Woerner      Lindsay Lozon      David Stars      HLM Classics      Marc Ginot      Belinda Morgan      Sherlock Fortuin      Gerard Schurmann      Lucille Phillips      Greg Barns      Chris Christodoulou      Howard Smith      Daniel Burges      David Hughes      Grace Lee      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Tall Poppies Records      Wolfram Rieger      John McCabe      Dvora Lewis      Kate Manning      The late Rev David Thompson      Dimo Dimov      Borjan Canev      Dan Locklair      Lawrence Budmen      Oliver Oppitz      Jeanne O'Keefe      Nick Prag      Clive Barda      University of Alaska      William Copper      

Volksoper Wien      Carson Cooman      Alistair Hinton      Sue Johnson      Burning River Brass      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Chris Grist      Nonsuch Singers      Chipperfield Photography      Megan Fenselau      Wolfgang Schnabl      Libra Records Ltd      Adrien Cotta      Victoria Bragin      Larry A Russell      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      University of Illinois Press      T V Sairam      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Ivor Bramich      Alexandra Vosding      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Brana Records      John Credland      Jeffrey James      Katarina Soderberg      Gordon Rumson      Green Room Productions      Julia Ionides      Opera Holland Park      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Shirley Bramich      Albany Records      Ana Papakhian      Eroica Classical Recordings      Richard Black      Lady Barbirolli      Dutton Laboratories      Cala Records Ltd      Geraldine Buchanan      OgreOgress Productions      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Alastair Muir      Arena PAL      Bill Newman      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Zimbel Press     Catriona Chatterley      David Wilkins      G Thum      Europamusicale      EMI Records Ltd      Rai Trade      harmonia mundi      Bob Schneider      Schott Archieve      Alan Hedges      Yolanda Zumaeta      Paul Pollei      Matthew O'Sullivan      Presteigne Festival      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      HNH International Ltd      

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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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