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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:

Piers Adams      Adriana Soaita      Stephanie Cowell      Burning River Brass      Europamusicale      Rita Brameld      Helen Gill      Royal Northern College of Music      Fibonacci Sequence      EMI Records Ltd      Royal College of Music      Warner Classics      Lady Barbirolli      Jonathan Sayles      Peter Jaggard      Cala Records Ltd      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Laszlo Bodor      Béla Mezey      Grant Smith      Disques du Solstice      Jennifer Paull      Deux-Elles Ltd      Bill Cooper      Greg Barns      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Gordon Rumson      Mitch Jenkins      Katarina Freiberger      Wilfried Hösl      Bob Schneider      Tzadik      Todd Paris      Priory Records Ltd      Yuri Izawa      Jenny Crossland      Victoria Bragin      Chris Christodoulou      Charlotte Ooi      Jessica Gould      Annie Burge      Fairbanks      Tess Crebbin      Andreas Malkmus      Graz Tourismus      Sue Reiss      Welsh National Opera      Jim Robson      Adrian Williams      Gernsbeck      Virgin Classics      Alexan Zakyan      Peter Dickinson      ASV Ltd      Shirley Ratcliffe      Chris Ford      Micaela Pittaluga      Barry Maufe      Harry Heleotis      Clive Barda      Dimo Dimov      Daniel Burges      harmonia mundi      

Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Holger Badekow      James Galway      Alexandra Vosding      Video Arts International      Lawrence Budmen      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Lutz Sternstein      American Composers Forum      Lindsay Lozon      Vladislav Kovalsky      T Linwood      Thomas Hampson      Blue Pearl Records      David Wilkins      Wolfgang Schnabl      Chika Takeuchi      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      ORF      Brana Records      Harry Schiffer      Rudolf Budja      Simax Classics      Violetta Egorova      Rob Ramsey      Sherlock Fortuin      Matthew O'Sullivan      Oliver Oppitz      Daniel Rubinoff      Barrie Rogers      Bill Newman      Christine Strub      Malcolm Tattersall      Alan Hedges      Jill Kramer      M L Hart      M N Robert      Tiberio Snaidero      Ivor Bramich      Yolanda Zumaeta      Presteigne Festival      BIS Records AB      Decca Music Group Ltd      Paul Richardson      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Rex Harley      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Arne Winkler      Helen Sims      Manus Carey      Louise Ringrose      Martin Torp      Jo Carpenter      Anja Ullrich      Iain C Steel      Mike Leale      Martin Berkofsky      Rebecca Schiffman      HNH International Ltd      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Sally Burningham      George Vass      I Fagiolini      

Jo Ashwell      Roger Mastroianni      Borjan Canev      Munich Philharmonic      Jens Rötzsch      Linda Litwack      Paul Minotto      Volksoper Wien      Rolando Villazon      David Stock      Bettina Pauli      Philip Crebbin      Cecilia McDowall      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Sissy von Kotzebue      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Maria Nockin      Eric Mahoudeau      Ron Bierman      Lucille Phillips      Anne Kirchbach      Katja Brooijmans      Stella Dickinson      HLM Classics      Rai Trade      Belinda Sykes      Karuna Records      John Credland      Haenssler Classics      OgreOgress Productions      Verlag Neue Musik      Alfred Frass      Apapaziz Productions      Emily Darrow      Lisa Pring      Dutton Laboratories      Fonit Cetra      Orchestrutopica      Dan Locklair      CPO      Laurence Lewis      Bayerische Staatsoper      Mike Edwards      Kristen Theriault      University of Alaska      Celeste Bacon      A T Schaefer      Amy Rogers      Roderic Dunnett      Ana Papakhian      Marc Ginot      Chesky Records Inc      Glyndebourne Opera      David Hughes      Dvora Lewis      Chandos Records      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Circles International      Longborough Festival Opera      J Scheerder      DGB Records      Grace Lee      Adrien Cotta      

David Lipp      Salzburg Festival      Celia Ballantyne      Reinhardt Werner      Kronberg Academy      Nikky Johnston      Kaysh Shinn      Catherine Ashmore      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Ashley Wass      Stu Rosner      Sybille Werner      Lucy Penwarden      Graham Williams      Risto Lauriala      Kim Stanford      Buxton Festival      Monica McCabe      Eugenia Papadimas      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Wolfram Rieger      BEL AIR Media      Peter Howell      Eugenia Ames      David Ellis      Opera Holland Park      William Copper      Lynsey Docherty      Alistair Hinton      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Medici Classics      Ostkreuz      Garden Opera      TDK Mediactive      Susan Alcock      London Sinfonietta      People Image      Sasha Gusov      Tanglewood Festival      Cristofori Foundation      Bayerische Rundfunk      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Albany Records      Abendzeitung München      Rhea Kang      Peter Wass      David Bramhall      Nicolas Bruant      Libra Records Ltd      David Stars      Green Room Productions      Klaus Rudolph      John Bell Young      Chris Grist      Rika Lino      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Shirley Bramich      Wilfrid Mellers      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Jason Starr      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Steve Sherman      Gerard Schurmann      

Hypovereinsbank      Jorge Colón      Norton Paperback Fiction      Emma Dain      Ken Butcher      Peter Cooper      Vienna Modern Masters      Danjulo Ishizaka      Belinda Morgan      Richard Black      English Chamber Orchestra      Isidor Records      Stephen Wright      Tamami Honma      Sotone Historic Recordings      Zimbel Press     Amy Isard      Jeanne O'Keefe      Colin Willoughby      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      British Youth Opera      Robert Anderson      Denis ApIvor      The late Rev David Thompson      Axel Zeininger      Neil Zaslaw      Eric Laeskogen      Bayer Records      Jeffrey James      Alexander Hawley      Sven Helbig      Schott Archieve      Paul Sarcich      Katarina Soderberg      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Viorel Anton      Medici Choir      Marco Borggreve      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Kornald Music      London Concertante      John Rusnak      Annette Wittkopf      Julia Ionides      Deutsche Grammophon      Janet Hales      Malcolm Miller      Frances Godden      Meikui Matsushima      Peter Morgan      Nicki Marsh      Eric Klug      Steve Zorc      Primrose Metcalf      Robbie Jack      Sara Henry      Eroica Classical Recordings      Christina O'hart      Sue Johnson      Angelika Roessler      Catriona Chatterley      Carolyn Nott      

J Henry Fair      Patric Standford      Carson Cooman      Jayang Jung      David Angell      University of Illinois Press      Brian Tarr      Rebecca Davis      Keith Saunders      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      David Jones      Jane Cunning      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Richard Partridge      Nathan J Silverman      Paul Pollei      Kate Manning      Geraldine Buchanan      Howard Smith      Robert Hugill      G Thum      Brian Bumby      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Mutable Music      Regine Koerner      ECM Records GmbH      Alice McVeigh      Claves Records      John McCabe      Erin Christman      Tania Pergamenschikow      Tall Poppies Records      Kelly Ferjutz      Aulos Musikado      Finlandia Records      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Jeff Loughlin      Arena PAL      London Concord Singers      Bampton Classical Opera      Chipperfield Photography      George Georgakakos      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Andrew Eccles      English Touring Opera      Eva Fampas      Fabrizio Ferrari      Mikael Winroth      Alastair Muir      Enid Luff      Gary Hickling      Megan Fenselau      Divas Records      Colin Bramich      Nonsuch Singers      Mark Bramich      Ralph Kulling      Nick Prag      Danielle Woerner      Larry A Russell      Real Sound srl      T V Sairam      Marianna Rashkovetsky      

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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