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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:

Christina O'hart      Peter Dickinson      Bettina Pauli      British Youth Opera      Sybille Werner      Carson Cooman      Real Sound srl      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Celia Ballantyne      University of Alaska      Primrose Metcalf      Bill Cooper      I Fagiolini      Mutable Music      G Thum      David Hughes      Ashley Wass      Albany Records      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Reinhardt Werner      Sissy von Kotzebue      Glyndebourne Opera      Robert Hugill      Jane Cunning      Jason Starr      Denis ApIvor      Europamusicale      Alistair Hinton      Belinda Morgan      Rolando Villazon      Volksoper Wien      Anne Kirchbach      Regine Koerner      Manus Carey      Peter Howell      David Stars      Mitch Jenkins      Jo Carpenter      Jens Rötzsch      Victoria Bragin      Laszlo Bodor      ASV Ltd      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Presteigne Festival      Danjulo Ishizaka      Martin Berkofsky      Ron Bierman      Opera Holland Park      Divas Records      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Helen Gill      Finlandia Records      Colin Willoughby      Celeste Bacon      Lady Barbirolli      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Harry Schiffer      Royal College of Music      Klaus Rudolph      Vladislav Kovalsky      

English Chamber Orchestra      EMI Records Ltd      David Angell      T V Sairam      Shirley Ratcliffe      Oliver Oppitz      Harry Heleotis      Eric Mahoudeau      Royal Northern College of Music      Howard Smith      Tania Pergamenschikow      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      George Vass      Tiberio Snaidero      Nicki Marsh      Viorel Anton      Jeanne O'Keefe      Sven Helbig      Adrian Williams      Ralph Kulling      Meikui Matsushima      Apapaziz Productions      Brian Bumby      Nick Prag      Yolanda Zumaeta      Amy Isard      Lynsey Docherty      Rob Ramsey      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Daniel Rubinoff      Iain C Steel      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Malcolm Tattersall      Geraldine Buchanan      Adrien Cotta      Virgin Classics      Fabrizio Ferrari      Amy Rogers      Laurence Lewis      Salzburg Festival      Blue Pearl Records      Libra Records Ltd      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Eugenia Papadimas      Gernsbeck      Jo Ashwell      Jenny Crossland      George Georgakakos      Dvora Lewis      Shirley Bramich      Rudolf Budja      Greg Barns      Chipperfield Photography      Kristen Theriault      HLM Classics      Thomas Hampson      Belinda Sykes      Marco Borggreve      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Jonathan Sayles      Decca Music Group Ltd      Eugenia Ames      Richard Partridge      

Chris Grist      Chris Christodoulou      Emma Dain      Philip Crebbin      The late Rev David Thompson      London Sinfonietta      Helen Sims      Axel Zeininger      Chesky Records Inc      Dimo Dimov      Hypovereinsbank      Stephen Wright      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Paul Minotto      ORF      Martin Torp      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Nathan J Silverman      Wilfrid Mellers      Alexandra Vosding      London Concertante      Haenssler Classics      Charlotte Ooi      Alice McVeigh      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      M N Robert      Annette Wittkopf      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Bampton Classical Opera      People Image      Alfred Frass      Chandos Records      Frances Godden      Katja Brooijmans      Grant Smith      Rebecca Schiffman      Tall Poppies Records      Maria Nockin      Ken Butcher      Sotone Historic Recordings      Sasha Gusov      Lisa Pring      Jeffrey James      Jill Kramer      London Concord Singers      Yuri Izawa      Todd Paris      Borjan Canev      Katarina Freiberger      Rika Lino      Lucy Penwarden      Brian Tarr      David Jones      Bayerische Rundfunk      Piers Adams      Fairbanks      Kim Stanford      Gerard Schurmann      Graham Williams      William Copper      Nikky Johnston      Richard Black      David Wilkins      

TDK Mediactive      Mike Leale      Zimbel Press     Catherine Ashmore      Eroica Classical Recordings      John Bell Young      Munich Philharmonic      Welsh National Opera      Rebecca Davis      OgreOgress Productions      ECM Records GmbH      Roger Mastroianni      Rhea Kang      David Lipp      University of Illinois Press      Gordon Rumson      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Alan Hedges      Larry A Russell      Tamami Honma      Jeff Loughlin      T Linwood      Barrie Rogers      Kate Manning      Medici Classics      Bayer Records      Peter Wass      Buxton Festival      Burning River Brass      Katarina Soderberg      Anja Ullrich      Tess Crebbin      CPO      Disques du Solstice      Eric Laeskogen      Sue Reiss      Grace Lee      Janet Hales      Roderic Dunnett      DGB Records      Adriana Soaita      Andreas Malkmus      Alexan Zakyan      Claves Records      Andrew Benson-Wilson      John Credland      Chika Takeuchi      Abendzeitung München      BIS Records AB      Bob Schneider      Nicolas Bruant      Longborough Festival Opera      Mike Edwards      Mikael Winroth      Paul Richardson      Patric Standford      Paul Sarcich      A T Schaefer      BEL AIR Media      Cecilia McDowall      Robbie Jack      HNH International Ltd      Eric Klug      

Green Room Productions      Linda Litwack      Kelly Ferjutz      Video Arts International      Risto Lauriala      Jorge Colón      Brana Records      Stu Rosner      Susan Alcock      Peter Jaggard      Catriona Chatterley      Alexander Hawley      Paul Pollei      Verlag Neue Musik      Annie Burge      Lawrence Budmen      Christine Strub      Chris Ford      Steve Sherman      Megan Fenselau      Nonsuch Singers      Andrew Eccles      Alastair Muir      Sherlock Fortuin      Jim Robson      Sara Henry      harmonia mundi      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Rita Brameld      Tanglewood Festival      Karuna Records      Angelika Roessler      John Rusnak      American Composers Forum      Danielle Woerner      Louise Ringrose      Ana Papakhian      Cala Records Ltd      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      John McCabe      Ostkreuz      Julia Ionides      Peter Cooper      Daniel Burges      David Bramhall      Steve Zorc      James Galway      Erin Christman      David Stock      Bill Newman      Norton Paperback Fiction      Béla Mezey      Fibonacci Sequence      Ivor Bramich      Cristofori Foundation      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Jayang Jung      Mark Bramich      Barry Maufe      Orchestrutopica      Simax Classics      Keith Saunders      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      

Peter Morgan      Wolfgang Schnabl      Aulos Musikado      Sue Johnson      Gary Hickling      Dan Locklair      J Scheerder      M L Hart      Kronberg Academy      Vienna Modern Masters      Bayerische Staatsoper      Medici Choir      Rex Harley      Isidor Records      Garden Opera      Jessica Gould      Carolyn Nott      Violetta Egorova      Dutton Laboratories      Rai Trade      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Stephanie Cowell      Jennifer Paull      Monica McCabe      Matthew O'Sullivan      Lindsay Lozon      J Henry Fair      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Clive Barda      Lucille Phillips      Marc Ginot      Deutsche Grammophon      Kaysh Shinn      Priory Records Ltd      Arena PAL      Neil Zaslaw      Wilfried Hösl      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Kornald Music      Schott Archieve      Wolfram Rieger      Lutz Sternstein      English Touring Opera      Fonit Cetra      Emily Darrow      Micaela Pittaluga      Circles International      Enid Luff      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Warner Classics      Eva Fampas      Robert Anderson      Deux-Elles Ltd      Stella Dickinson      David Ellis      Malcolm Miller      Graz Tourismus      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Holger Badekow      Tzadik      Arne Winkler      Sally Burningham      Colin Bramich      

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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