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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:

Rebecca Schiffman      Todd Paris      Nathan J Silverman      Dvora Lewis      Ashley Wass      Kim Stanford      The late Rev David Thompson      Longborough Festival Opera      Yolanda Zumaeta      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Jessica Gould      Keith Saunders      Annette Wittkopf      Brana Records      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Chris Christodoulou      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Arne Winkler      Fonit Cetra      Robbie Jack      Jayang Jung      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Simax Classics      Schott Archieve      Nonsuch Singers      TDK Mediactive      Bayerische Staatsoper      Belinda Morgan      Stephen Wright      Volksoper Wien      Monica McCabe      Angelika Roessler      Yuri Izawa      Danjulo Ishizaka      London Concord Singers      Mitch Jenkins      Bill Cooper      Stu Rosner      Peter Morgan      Enid Luff      Orchestrutopica      Alexander Hawley      Adriana Soaita      Violetta Egorova      J Henry Fair      Malcolm Tattersall      Holger Badekow      Amy Rogers      Royal Opera Covent Garden      London Concertante      David Hughes      David Jones      Libra Records Ltd      Greg Barns      Video Arts International      Chipperfield Photography      John Credland      Celeste Bacon      Disques du Solstice      Borjan Canev      Susan Alcock      Ron Bierman      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      

New Edinburgh Orchestra      Carolyn Nott      Medici Choir      Jorge Colón      Alastair Muir      Barry Maufe      Daniel Burges      Eugenia Papadimas      Ralph Kulling      Geraldine Buchanan      Regine Koerner      Chris Ford      Sue Johnson      Ana Papakhian      Sven Helbig      Rai Trade      Gerard Schurmann      Katarina Soderberg      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Glyndebourne Opera      Kelly Ferjutz      Fairbanks      John McCabe      Jill Kramer      Emma Dain      Bayerische Rundfunk      Hypovereinsbank      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Jane Cunning      Norton Paperback Fiction      Kate Manning      Harry Schiffer      Medici Classics      Jeanne O'Keefe      Graham Williams      Daniel Rubinoff      Deutsche Grammophon      Jim Robson      Mark Bramich      Green Room Productions      Alexan Zakyan      Burning River Brass      Alexandra Vosding      Sybille Werner      Bayer Records      Ken Butcher      G Thum      Frances Godden      Rika Lino      Mikael Winroth      Jo Carpenter      Laszlo Bodor      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Roderic Dunnett      Europamusicale      Chika Takeuchi      Steve Zorc      EMI Records Ltd      John Bell Young      Blue Pearl Records      Tanglewood Festival      Mike Leale      Bettina Pauli      

Ostkreuz      Larry A Russell      Micaela Pittaluga      Brian Tarr      Abendzeitung München      harmonia mundi      Eroica Classical Recordings      Helen Sims      Tamami Honma      Annie Burge      Peter Dickinson      Meikui Matsushima      Graz Tourismus      Peter Wass      George Vass      Alistair Hinton      Laurence Lewis      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Jeffrey James      Sara Henry      Rebecca Davis      Peter Howell      Stella Dickinson      Aulos Musikado      Claves Records      Erin Christman      Fibonacci Sequence      University of Alaska      Paul Pollei      CPO      Sasha Gusov      Jo Ashwell      Rhea Kang      Nicki Marsh      Colin Bramich      George Georgakakos      T Linwood      Eric Mahoudeau      Wilfried Hösl      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Mike Edwards      Royal Northern College of Music      BIS Records AB      Malcolm Miller      Maria Nockin      Priory Records Ltd      David Wilkins      Dimo Dimov      Nicolas Bruant      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Royal College of Music      Manus Carey      Tania Pergamenschikow      HNH International Ltd      Chandos Records      Nikky Johnston      Eric Laeskogen      Rex Harley      Philip Crebbin      People Image      Denis ApIvor      Grant Smith      Risto Lauriala      

Peter Jaggard      David Lipp      Haenssler Classics      Brian Bumby      Wolfram Rieger      ORF      Virgin Classics      Shirley Bramich      Adrien Cotta      Belinda Sykes      Cecilia McDowall      Lucille Phillips      Marc Ginot      Wilfrid Mellers      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      ECM Records GmbH      Alfred Frass      Gernsbeck      Shirley Ratcliffe      Paul Richardson      Zimbel Press     Bill Newman      Robert Anderson      Helen Gill      Amy Isard      Presteigne Festival      Lisa Pring      Emily Darrow      Peter Cooper      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Roger Mastroianni      Katarina Freiberger      Karuna Records      M N Robert      DGB Records      Eva Fampas      Warner Classics      Garden Opera      Primrose Metcalf      American Composers Forum      Celia Ballantyne      John Rusnak      J Scheerder      David Angell      Oliver Oppitz      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Clive Barda      OgreOgress Productions      Vienna Modern Masters      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Sissy von Kotzebue      Divas Records      Welsh National Opera      Chris Grist      Salzburg Festival      Gary Hickling      David Ellis      Jens Rötzsch      Cala Records Ltd      Fabrizio Ferrari      Mutable Music      Jason Starr      Piers Adams      

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Katja Brooijmans      Sherlock Fortuin      David Bramhall      Verlag Neue Musik      Tall Poppies Records      Sotone Historic Recordings      Apapaziz Productions      British Youth Opera      Lawrence Budmen      Béla Mezey      Bob Schneider      Neil Zaslaw      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      David Stock      Paul Minotto      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Sally Burningham      Kristen Theriault      Albany Records      Jeff Loughlin      Decca Music Group Ltd      James Galway      Grace Lee      Charlotte Ooi      Kornald Music      I Fagiolini      Kronberg Academy      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Colin Willoughby      Patric Standford      Eric Klug      Anne Kirchbach      Louise Ringrose      Lynsey Docherty      Ivor Bramich      Finlandia Records      Thomas Hampson      Sue Reiss      Alan Hedges      Rolando Villazon      Jenny Crossland      Robert Hugill      T V Sairam      Adrian Williams      Eugenia Ames      Christina O'hart      London Sinfonietta      Howard Smith      English Chamber Orchestra      Julia Ionides      Bampton Classical Opera      Barrie Rogers      Stephanie Cowell      Tiberio Snaidero      Lutz Sternstein      Marco Borggreve      Danielle Woerner      Rob Ramsey      Matthew O'Sullivan      Catriona Chatterley      Buxton Festival      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      M L Hart      

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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