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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:

Harry Heleotis      Bayer Records      Dutton Laboratories      Helen Gill      Nicolas Bruant      Philip Crebbin      Dan Locklair      Julia Ionides      Jorge Colón      Claves Records      Rob Ramsey      Robert Hugill      Fonit Cetra      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      ASV Ltd      Warner Classics      Chris Christodoulou      Karuna Records      University of Alaska      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Enid Luff      Megan Fenselau      Kelly Ferjutz      Eric Laeskogen      Monica McCabe      Kaysh Shinn      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Sue Reiss      Wolfram Rieger      Europamusicale      Stella Dickinson      Kornald Music      Peter Jaggard      Lucille Phillips      Nikky Johnston      Alistair Hinton      Kristen Theriault      Violetta Egorova      CPO      Tamami Honma      Béla Mezey      Katarina Soderberg      Tiberio Snaidero      Real Sound srl      Chandos Records      Nonsuch Singers      Adrien Cotta      Jonathan Sayles      Decca Music Group Ltd      Belinda Sykes      Jeffrey James      Grant Smith      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Belinda Morgan      Linda Litwack      Lynsey Docherty      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Denis ApIvor      Burning River Brass      Matthew O'Sullivan      Tzadik      Tess Crebbin      English Chamber Orchestra      

Axel Zeininger      Divas Records      Rex Harley      Amy Rogers      Fairbanks      Welsh National Opera      The late Rev David Thompson      Alice McVeigh      Orchestrutopica      Bettina Pauli      Jeanne O'Keefe      Peter Howell      Presteigne Festival      Sue Johnson      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Martin Torp      Gerard Schurmann      Brian Tarr      John McCabe      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Rudolf Budja      David Hughes      DGB Records      James Galway      Kronberg Academy      Danielle Woerner      Richard Black      Fibonacci Sequence      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      harmonia mundi      Jo Carpenter      David Wilkins      HNH International Ltd      Celeste Bacon      Wilfried Hösl      Carolyn Nott      Lucy Penwarden      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Laszlo Bodor      Micaela Pittaluga      EMI Records Ltd      David Jones      Ron Bierman      Borjan Canev      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Marc Ginot      Daniel Burges      David Stars      Katja Brooijmans      Opera Holland Park      Jill Kramer      Dvora Lewis      British Youth Opera      J Henry Fair      Holger Badekow      Susan Alcock      Albany Records      Klaus Rudolph      George Vass      Circles International      Anne Kirchbach      Wolfgang Schnabl      Patric Standford      

Emma Dain      Lutz Sternstein      Alfred Frass      John Credland      Medici Classics      Annie Burge      Stephanie Cowell      Robbie Jack      Ralph Kulling      David Lipp      T V Sairam      Iain C Steel      Helen Sims      Celia Ballantyne      Erin Christman      Arne Winkler      Rhea Kang      Vienna Modern Masters      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Barry Maufe      Isidor Records      Bayerische Rundfunk      Charlotte Ooi      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Virgin Classics      Paul Minotto      Stephen Wright      ECM Records GmbH      Bill Cooper      People Image      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Colin Willoughby      BIS Records AB      Tanglewood Festival      Nick Prag      Mark Bramich      Kim Stanford      Dimo Dimov      Longborough Festival Opera      Rika Lino      Catherine Ashmore      Richard Partridge      Grace Lee      Andrew Eccles      ORF      Royal College of Music      Jessica Gould      Harry Schiffer      Tania Pergamenschikow      New Edinburgh Orchestra      London Sinfonietta      Gary Hickling      Paul Richardson      Kate Manning      Graz Tourismus      Finlandia Records      Katarina Freiberger      Verlag Neue Musik      Medici Choir      Graham Williams      Jeff Loughlin      Stu Rosner      David Ellis      

Sven Helbig      Peter Dickinson      Chris Ford      Eroica Classical Recordings      Paul Sarcich      Louise Ringrose      Robert Anderson      Alexan Zakyan      Bob Schneider      Paul Pollei      Daniel Rubinoff      Lisa Pring      Roderic Dunnett      Glyndebourne Opera      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Andreas Malkmus      Manus Carey      Brana Records      Chris Grist      Keith Saunders      Nicki Marsh      Gordon Rumson      Yuri Izawa      OgreOgress Productions      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Lindsay Lozon      Lady Barbirolli      Carson Cooman      Rebecca Davis      Malcolm Tattersall      Anja Ullrich      Ken Butcher      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Apapaziz Productions      Thomas Hampson      Royal Northern College of Music      Adrian Williams      A T Schaefer      Geraldine Buchanan      Risto Lauriala      Volksoper Wien      Meikui Matsushima      Emily Darrow      David Bramhall      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Eugenia Papadimas      Jayang Jung      Adriana Soaita      Aulos Musikado      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Amy Isard      Chesky Records Inc      Jason Starr      London Concertante      Video Arts International      J Scheerder      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Peter Cooper      Ostkreuz      Eric Mahoudeau      Alexander Hawley      Peter Morgan      Rai Trade      

Sara Henry      Arena PAL      Caroline von Reitzenstein      American Composers Forum      Alan Hedges      Piers Adams      M L Hart      Frances Godden      G Thum      Abendzeitung München      Nathan J Silverman      Jennifer Paull      University of Illinois Press      Rolando Villazon      Viorel Anton      Neil Zaslaw      Malcolm Miller      Oliver Oppitz      Bill Newman      English Touring Opera      Alastair Muir      Christine Strub      Greg Barns      George Georgakakos      Barrie Rogers      Clive Barda      Salzburg Festival      Reinhardt Werner      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Mike Leale      Eugenia Ames      Mitch Jenkins      Annette Wittkopf      Sotone Historic Recordings      Brian Bumby      Green Room Productions      Rebecca Schiffman      Munich Philharmonic      Howard Smith      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Cristofori Foundation      Jane Cunning      Sasha Gusov      Yolanda Zumaeta      Hypovereinsbank      Todd Paris      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      William Copper      Priory Records Ltd      Rita Brameld      Orfeo International Music GmbH      I Fagiolini      Blue Pearl Records      Christina O'hart      Danjulo Ishizaka      David Stock      Buxton Festival      Deux-Elles Ltd      Eric Klug      Sissy von Kotzebue      Mike Edwards      David Angell      London Concord Singers      

Jo Ashwell      Jens Rötzsch      Deutsche Grammophon      Roger Mastroianni      Martin Berkofsky      Sybille Werner      Wilfrid Mellers      Chika Takeuchi      Janet Hales      Alexandra Vosding      Tall Poppies Records      Sherlock Fortuin      BEL AIR Media      Victoria Bragin      Regine Koerner      Jenny Crossland      Gernsbeck      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Libra Records Ltd      Colin Bramich      Peter Wass      Angelika Roessler      Schott Archieve      Sally Burningham      Simax Classics      John Rusnak      Ashley Wass      John Bell Young      Chipperfield Photography      Mutable Music      Fabrizio Ferrari      Laurence Lewis      Primrose Metcalf      Norton Paperback Fiction      TDK Mediactive      Jim Robson      Ana Papakhian      Steve Zorc      Zimbel Press     Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Vladislav Kovalsky      Ivor Bramich      Bampton Classical Opera      Lawrence Budmen      Mikael Winroth      Cala Records Ltd      Shirley Ratcliffe      Cecilia McDowall      Shirley Bramich      Larry A Russell      Disques du Solstice      Steve Sherman      Bayerische Staatsoper      Haenssler Classics      Royal Opera Covent Garden      HLM Classics      Eva Fampas      Garden Opera      Catriona Chatterley      M N Robert      T Linwood      Maria Nockin      Marco Borggreve      

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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