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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:

Jeanne O'Keefe      Sue Johnson      Risto Lauriala      Belinda Morgan      Enid Luff      Bayer Records      OgreOgress Productions      Aulos Musikado      Disques du Solstice      Haenssler Classics      Janet Hales      Alice McVeigh      Borjan Canev      Malcolm Miller      Cala Records Ltd      British Youth Opera      Mike Leale      Welsh National Opera      Louise Ringrose      Oliver Oppitz      Real Sound srl      Jeffrey James      People Image      T V Sairam      Caroline von Reitzenstein      T Linwood      Royal College of Music      Jo Ashwell      Medici Choir      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Neil Zaslaw      Ken Butcher      J Henry Fair      Eric Mahoudeau      Anne Kirchbach      Norton Paperback Fiction      Marco Borggreve      Simax Classics      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Nick Prag      Kelly Ferjutz      Tzadik      Eugenia Ames      Circles International      ASV Ltd      Axel Zeininger      Geraldine Buchanan      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Ashley Wass      Glyndebourne Opera      Barry Maufe      Thomas Hampson      Arena PAL      Zimbel Press     Jayang Jung      Libra Records Ltd      Karuna Records      Kim Stanford      Danjulo Ishizaka      Munich Philharmonic      Ana Papakhian      ORF      Chika Takeuchi      

Howard Smith      Dan Locklair      Roger Mastroianni      Alan Hedges      Chandos Records      Rai Trade      Chris Christodoulou      Rhea Kang      James Galway      Shirley Bramich      Katarina Freiberger      Viorel Anton      John Credland      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Catherine Ashmore      Keith Saunders      Finlandia Records      Grace Lee      Ostkreuz      Emma Dain      Iain C Steel      Rex Harley      Amy Isard      Chris Ford      Tamami Honma      Arne Winkler      Peter Wass      Europamusicale      Rolando Villazon      M N Robert      Linda Litwack      Gordon Rumson      Rita Brameld      William Copper      Longborough Festival Opera      Wilfried Hösl      Mikael Winroth      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Kate Manning      Fabrizio Ferrari      Presteigne Festival      Bob Schneider      J Scheerder      Eva Fampas      Robert Hugill      Alfred Frass      Isidor Records      Brian Bumby      Susan Alcock      Maria Nockin      Emily Darrow      Bayerische Rundfunk      Julia Ionides      Paul Sarcich      Sybille Werner      Warner Classics      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      David Hughes      Brana Records      Colin Willoughby      Nathan J Silverman      Alistair Hinton      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      

David Wilkins      London Sinfonietta      Kornald Music      Priory Records Ltd      Dvora Lewis      Tania Pergamenschikow      Alexandra Vosding      Erin Christman      Rika Lino      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Eroica Classical Recordings      Gernsbeck      Tanglewood Festival      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Jason Starr      Annie Burge      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Andreas Malkmus      Andrew Eccles      Micaela Pittaluga      Paul Pollei      Schott Archieve      Bill Cooper      Dutton Laboratories      Anja Ullrich      Primrose Metcalf      Ivor Bramich      Fonit Cetra      Violetta Egorova      Peter Dickinson      Jessica Gould      Steve Zorc      Eric Klug      Video Arts International      Peter Cooper      Daniel Burges      Richard Partridge      Helen Sims      Katarina Soderberg      Mark Bramich      John McCabe      Meikui Matsushima      Vienna Modern Masters      Chesky Records Inc      Virgin Classics      Stu Rosner      Royal Northern College of Music      Adrien Cotta      English Touring Opera      Fibonacci Sequence      Celeste Bacon      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Megan Fenselau      Jill Kramer      Rebecca Davis      Burning River Brass      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Barrie Rogers      Laszlo Bodor      Carolyn Nott      Lucy Penwarden      Jonathan Sayles      

Albany Records      BEL AIR Media      Mutable Music      Tall Poppies Records      Robert Anderson      Adriana Soaita      Peter Jaggard      Andrew Benson-Wilson      EMI Records Ltd      Sasha Gusov      Kronberg Academy      Angelika Roessler      Chris Grist      Bill Newman      Grant Smith      Catriona Chatterley      Manus Carey      John Rusnak      Philip Crebbin      Clive Barda      John Bell Young      Rebecca Schiffman      Lady Barbirolli      Salzburg Festival      Celia Ballantyne      Greg Barns      Buxton Festival      Lisa Pring      Shirley Ratcliffe      HNH International Ltd      Bettina Pauli      Nicolas Bruant      Holger Badekow      Jeff Loughlin      Orchestrutopica      David Angell      Deutsche Grammophon      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Sotone Historic Recordings      DGB Records      G Thum      Denis ApIvor      Victoria Bragin      American Composers Forum      Gary Hickling      Jorge Colón      Klaus Rudolph      Mitch Jenkins      Alastair Muir      University of Illinois Press      Mike Edwards      Blue Pearl Records      Roderic Dunnett      Charlotte Ooi      Vladislav Kovalsky      Claves Records      The late Rev David Thompson      Nonsuch Singers      Katja Brooijmans      Stella Dickinson      Abendzeitung München      Dimo Dimov      Sherlock Fortuin      

Christine Strub      CPO      Ron Bierman      Steve Sherman      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Alexan Zakyan      Nicki Marsh      Amy Rogers      George Georgakakos      M L Hart      Helen Gill      Brian Tarr      Tess Crebbin      Larry A Russell      David Stars      Malcolm Tattersall      Sven Helbig      Marc Ginot      Stephanie Cowell      Lindsay Lozon      Danielle Woerner      Verlag Neue Musik      Martin Torp      Graz Tourismus      Wolfgang Schnabl      Harry Heleotis      Deux-Elles Ltd      Jim Robson      Kaysh Shinn      TDK Mediactive      Lutz Sternstein      David Lipp      David Jones      Robbie Jack      Peter Howell      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Green Room Productions      Bayerische Staatsoper      Gerard Schurmann      David Ellis      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Martin Berkofsky      Monica McCabe      George Vass      Piers Adams      harmonia mundi      London Concertante      Alexander Hawley      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Chipperfield Photography      Peter Morgan      Medici Classics      Lynsey Docherty      David Stock      Volksoper Wien      HLM Classics      Nikky Johnston      Rudolf Budja      Sally Burningham      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Matthew O'Sullivan      Adrian Williams      English Chamber Orchestra      

Fairbanks      Daniel Rubinoff      Opera Holland Park      Graham Williams      Carson Cooman      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      London Concord Singers      Yolanda Zumaeta      Annette Wittkopf      Paul Richardson      ECM Records GmbH      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Rob Ramsey      Sara Henry      Sue Reiss      Bampton Classical Opera      Yuri Izawa      Jane Cunning      Kristen Theriault      Laurence Lewis      Christina O'hart      Hypovereinsbank      Wilfrid Mellers      Lucille Phillips      I Fagiolini      Jenny Crossland      Ralph Kulling      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Eugenia Papadimas      Tiberio Snaidero      Todd Paris      Stephen Wright      Apapaziz Productions      Cristofori Foundation      Patric Standford      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Jo Carpenter      Regine Koerner      BIS Records AB      Eric Laeskogen      Sissy von Kotzebue      Frances Godden      David Bramhall      Reinhardt Werner      Colin Bramich      University of Alaska      Wolfram Rieger      Belinda Sykes      Decca Music Group Ltd      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Paul Minotto      Lawrence Budmen      A T Schaefer      Garden Opera      Richard Black      Jennifer Paull      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Béla Mezey      Jens Rötzsch      Harry Schiffer      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Divas Records      Cecilia McDowall      

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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