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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:

University of Illinois Press      Virgin Classics      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      People Image      Thomas Hampson      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Grant Smith      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      David Ellis      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Belinda Sykes      Nonsuch Singers      Verlag Neue Musik      Rebecca Schiffman      Sue Reiss      BIS Records AB      Kronberg Academy      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      CPO      Mitch Jenkins      Stephanie Cowell      Gary Hickling      Sasha Gusov      Peter Wass      Wolfgang Schnabl      Alastair Muir      David Hughes      David Bramhall      Albany Records      Julia Ionides      Peter Morgan      Kristen Theriault      Risto Lauriala      Ralph Kulling      Tania Pergamenschikow      George Georgakakos      David Lipp      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      George Vass      Mark Bramich      Deutsche Grammophon      Alistair Hinton      Katja Brooijmans      William Copper      Brian Bumby      Iain C Steel      Manus Carey      Jeff Loughlin      Janet Hales      Shirley Bramich      Dutton Laboratories      Alfred Frass      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Ken Butcher      Bayerische Staatsoper      Tzadik      Yuri Izawa      Bayerische Rundfunk      Daniel Rubinoff      Gordon Rumson      BEL AIR Media      Ashley Wass      Viorel Anton      

Peter Howell      Priory Records Ltd      Colin Willoughby      Lady Barbirolli      Norton Paperback Fiction      HLM Classics      Lucy Penwarden      Jens Rötzsch      Volksoper Wien      Danielle Woerner      Shirley Ratcliffe      Clive Barda      Haenssler Classics      Chipperfield Photography      Catriona Chatterley      Eroica Classical Recordings      Mike Edwards      M N Robert      London Concord Singers      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Arena PAL      Welsh National Opera      Adriana Soaita      Lucille Phillips      Angelika Roessler      Malcolm Tattersall      ECM Records GmbH      Andreas Malkmus      London Sinfonietta      Zimbel Press     Decca Music Group Ltd      David Stock      Katarina Soderberg      Video Arts International      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Dimo Dimov      Karuna Records      Daniel Burges      Cristofori Foundation      Marco Borggreve      harmonia mundi      Vladislav Kovalsky      Nathan J Silverman      EMI Records Ltd      Meikui Matsushima      Kelly Ferjutz      Fibonacci Sequence      Roger Mastroianni      Micaela Pittaluga      David Stars      Brana Records      Chris Ford      Finlandia Records      Eric Laeskogen      Laurence Lewis      Adrien Cotta      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Munich Philharmonic      Barrie Rogers      Jeanne O'Keefe      Eugenia Papadimas      Hypovereinsbank      A T Schaefer      

Nicolas Bruant      Celia Ballantyne      Catherine Ashmore      Oliver Oppitz      Bampton Classical Opera      Greg Barns      Primrose Metcalf      Europamusicale      Borjan Canev      Eric Klug      Megan Fenselau      David Angell      Nick Prag      Steve Zorc      Jennifer Paull      Disques du Solstice      Bettina Pauli      Alice McVeigh      Rita Brameld      Aulos Musikado      Divas Records      Tamami Honma      Regine Koerner      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Rika Lino      Axel Zeininger      Danjulo Ishizaka      Stephen Wright      Chika Takeuchi      Philip Crebbin      Claves Records      G Thum      Howard Smith      Tiberio Snaidero      Harry Schiffer      Brian Tarr      Paul Sarcich      ORF      I Fagiolini      Nikky Johnston      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Carson Cooman      Paul Pollei      Sara Henry      Bill Cooper      Wolfram Rieger      Ostkreuz      Vienna Modern Masters      Carolyn Nott      Piers Adams      Abendzeitung München      Jeffrey James      Keith Saunders      Jill Kramer      ASV Ltd      Blue Pearl Records      Susan Alcock      Sue Johnson      Jorge Colón      T Linwood      Jayang Jung      Bill Newman      Mutable Music      

Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Christina O'hart      Sherlock Fortuin      Chandos Records      Annie Burge      Sissy von Kotzebue      Royal Northern College of Music      HNH International Ltd      Malcolm Miller      Tanglewood Festival      Cala Records Ltd      Jonathan Sayles      Richard Partridge      Buxton Festival      Helen Sims      Amy Rogers      Steve Sherman      Yolanda Zumaeta      Real Sound srl      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Bob Schneider      Isidor Records      Victoria Bragin      Sybille Werner      DGB Records      Helen Gill      Holger Badekow      Lisa Pring      Reinhardt Werner      Jim Robson      Fabrizio Ferrari      Neil Zaslaw      Alexandra Vosding      Sotone Historic Recordings      Chris Grist      Salzburg Festival      English Touring Opera      Tess Crebbin      Green Room Productions      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Adrian Williams      Belinda Morgan      Anne Kirchbach      Mike Leale      Chesky Records Inc      Amy Isard      Garden Opera      Monica McCabe      Presteigne Festival      OgreOgress Productions      Fonit Cetra      Annette Wittkopf      Charlotte Ooi      Warner Classics      Denis ApIvor      Eugenia Ames      Libra Records Ltd      Lynsey Docherty      Deux-Elles Ltd      Graham Williams      Katarina Freiberger      Larry A Russell      

Martin Torp      Nicki Marsh      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Linda Litwack      Stella Dickinson      Roderic Dunnett      Fairbanks      Erin Christman      Lindsay Lozon      Apapaziz Productions      Maria Nockin      Alexan Zakyan      Dan Locklair      John Bell Young      Christine Strub      Grace Lee      T V Sairam      TDK Mediactive      Klaus Rudolph      New Edinburgh Orchestra      John Rusnak      Robbie Jack      Kornald Music      Gerard Schurmann      Anja Ullrich      Circles International      Bayer Records      Ivor Bramich      Jo Ashwell      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      James Galway      Arne Winkler      M L Hart      John Credland      The late Rev David Thompson      David Wilkins      Louise Ringrose      Emily Darrow      Sven Helbig      Marc Ginot      Lutz Sternstein      Sally Burningham      Longborough Festival Opera      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      John McCabe      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Todd Paris      Barry Maufe      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Rai Trade      Caroline von Reitzenstein      British Youth Opera      London Concertante      Gernsbeck      Emma Dain      Harry Heleotis      Kate Manning      Rhea Kang      Rolando Villazon      Jason Starr      Eric Mahoudeau      Rex Harley      Medici Choir      

Glyndebourne Opera      Peter Jaggard      Rob Ramsey      Mikael Winroth      Royal College of Music      Kim Stanford      Eva Fampas      American Composers Forum      Ron Bierman      Jo Carpenter      Béla Mezey      Alan Hedges      J Scheerder      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Paul Richardson      Robert Anderson      Orchestrutopica      Colin Bramich      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Tall Poppies Records      Chris Christodoulou      Peter Dickinson      Geraldine Buchanan      Jane Cunning      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Kaysh Shinn      Ana Papakhian      Patric Standford      Schott Archieve      Andrew Eccles      Peter Cooper      Matthew O'Sullivan      Rudolf Budja      English Chamber Orchestra      Frances Godden      University of Alaska      Martin Berkofsky      Rebecca Davis      Simax Classics      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Jenny Crossland      Cecilia McDowall      Laszlo Bodor      Richard Black      Lawrence Budmen      Celeste Bacon      Violetta Egorova      Alexander Hawley      Stu Rosner      Graz Tourismus      Opera Holland Park      Paul Minotto      Robert Hugill      J Henry Fair      Dvora Lewis      Medici Classics      Wilfrid Mellers      Wilfried Hösl      David Jones      Burning River Brass      Jessica Gould      Enid Luff      

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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