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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:

Alexander Hawley      Thomas Hampson      Rolando Villazon      Peter Howell      Manus Carey      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Grant Smith      Welsh National Opera      Christina O'hart      Zimbel Press     Steve Sherman      Todd Paris      Albany Records      Jim Robson      Salzburg Festival      Kaysh Shinn      Rebecca Davis      Shirley Ratcliffe      Yuri Izawa      William Copper      M L Hart      Munich Philharmonic      Mutable Music      Emily Darrow      TDK Mediactive      People Image      Tiberio Snaidero      Eugenia Papadimas      Sven Helbig      Glyndebourne Opera      Deutsche Grammophon      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      David Stars      Jenny Crossland      Angelika Roessler      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Brian Tarr      I Fagiolini      Schott Archieve      James Galway      Christine Strub      Chesky Records Inc      Arne Winkler      Clive Barda      Jane Cunning      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Neil Zaslaw      Bob Schneider      Vladislav Kovalsky      Caroline von Reitzenstein      OgreOgress Productions      Martin Torp      David Lipp      Danielle Woerner      Peter Wass      Mikael Winroth      Royal College of Music      Jens Rötzsch      Anja Ullrich      Finlandia Records      Aulos Musikado      Chika Takeuchi      Helen Sims      

Haenssler Classics      Video Arts International      Katja Brooijmans      G Thum      Jill Kramer      Carson Cooman      Gerard Schurmann      Catriona Chatterley      Steve Zorc      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Virgin Classics      Wilfried Hösl      Axel Zeininger      Julia Ionides      Blue Pearl Records      Susan Alcock      Alexan Zakyan      Kornald Music      Robert Hugill      Fonit Cetra      Fabrizio Ferrari      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Kelly Ferjutz      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Stella Dickinson      Victoria Bragin      University of Illinois Press      Divas Records      Megan Fenselau      Jennifer Paull      Amy Isard      BIS Records AB      Kim Stanford      Dimo Dimov      Matthew O'Sullivan      Charlotte Ooi      Brana Records      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      George Vass      Mike Edwards      ASV Ltd      John Bell Young      Circles International      Bettina Pauli      Cala Records Ltd      David Jones      Kate Manning      Jo Carpenter      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Claves Records      John Rusnak      Jorge Colón      Borjan Canev      Graz Tourismus      Hypovereinsbank      Howard Smith      Daniel Burges      Eric Klug      Buxton Festival      Enid Luff      Regine Koerner      Oliver Oppitz      Chris Christodoulou      

Lynsey Docherty      Barry Maufe      London Sinfonietta      Deux-Elles Ltd      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Verlag Neue Musik      Jo Ashwell      Bayerische Rundfunk      George Georgakakos      EMI Records Ltd      Lisa Pring      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Bill Newman      Rita Brameld      Sue Reiss      Rai Trade      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      American Composers Forum      Daniel Rubinoff      Peter Cooper      Nikky Johnston      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Adrien Cotta      English Touring Opera      Frances Godden      Micaela Pittaluga      Burning River Brass      Larry A Russell      Paul Sarcich      David Ellis      Jeffrey James      Sybille Werner      Sherlock Fortuin      Philip Crebbin      Bampton Classical Opera      Erin Christman      Monica McCabe      Chandos Records      Barrie Rogers      Decca Music Group Ltd      Lucy Penwarden      Viorel Anton      Real Sound srl      Malcolm Tattersall      Garden Opera      Green Room Productions      Jeff Loughlin      John McCabe      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Bayerische Staatsoper      Rex Harley      T Linwood      Vienna Modern Masters      Malcolm Miller      Royal Opera Covent Garden      J Henry Fair      Alan Hedges      Warner Classics      Emma Dain      British Youth Opera      Opera Holland Park      Rudolf Budja      

Richard Black      Eroica Classical Recordings      Katarina Freiberger      Helen Gill      Denis ApIvor      Volksoper Wien      Jeanne O'Keefe      English Chamber Orchestra      Celeste Bacon      Peter Dickinson      Jason Starr      Ostkreuz      Harry Heleotis      David Hughes      Roger Mastroianni      Rob Ramsey      ORF      Wolfgang Schnabl      Greg Barns      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Tall Poppies Records      Fairbanks      Jonathan Sayles      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Catherine Ashmore      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Shirley Bramich      ECM Records GmbH      Holger Badekow      Fibonacci Sequence      Mark Bramich      Jayang Jung      Mike Leale      Marc Ginot      Kronberg Academy      Lawrence Budmen      Jessica Gould      Andrew Benson-Wilson      J Scheerder      Tzadik      Nicki Marsh      David Angell      Sally Burningham      T V Sairam      Alice McVeigh      Eva Fampas      Alistair Hinton      Sasha Gusov      Dan Locklair      Arena PAL      Annette Wittkopf      Stephen Wright      Chris Ford      Sue Johnson      Amy Rogers      Karuna Records      Stu Rosner      Medici Classics      Maria Nockin      Martin Berkofsky      Eric Laeskogen      Belinda Morgan      London Concertante      

Belinda Sykes      HNH International Ltd      Libra Records Ltd      Brian Bumby      Lutz Sternstein      Alexandra Vosding      Norton Paperback Fiction      Laszlo Bodor      Andreas Malkmus      Danjulo Ishizaka      Harry Schiffer      Risto Lauriala      Janet Hales      Rhea Kang      Royal Northern College of Music      CPO      Isidor Records      Sissy von Kotzebue      Nick Prag      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Grace Lee      Tamami Honma      Wilfrid Mellers      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Priory Records Ltd      Geraldine Buchanan      Lindsay Lozon      Robbie Jack      Rika Lino      HLM Classics      Alastair Muir      Paul Pollei      Linda Litwack      M N Robert      Mitch Jenkins      Ana Papakhian      Peter Jaggard      Wolfram Rieger      Cecilia McDowall      Bill Cooper      Kristen Theriault      University of Alaska      Primrose Metcalf      David Stock      Iain C Steel      Béla Mezey      Dutton Laboratories      Simax Classics      Cristofori Foundation      Meikui Matsushima      Violetta Egorova      Lady Barbirolli      Annie Burge      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Anne Kirchbach      Richard Partridge      Carolyn Nott      Celia Ballantyne      Andrew Eccles      DGB Records      Nathan J Silverman      Chipperfield Photography      Ashley Wass      

London Concord Singers      Sara Henry      Paul Richardson      Orchestrutopica      Nonsuch Singers      The late Rev David Thompson      Nicolas Bruant      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Eric Mahoudeau      Piers Adams      Patric Standford      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Laurence Lewis      Peter Morgan      John Credland      Yolanda Zumaeta      Ken Butcher      Medici Choir      Adrian Williams      Klaus Rudolph      Bayer Records      Gary Hickling      Ralph Kulling      Roderic Dunnett      Rebecca Schiffman      Tanglewood Festival      Presteigne Festival      Tania Pergamenschikow      BEL AIR Media      Gernsbeck      Colin Bramich      Reinhardt Werner      Adriana Soaita      Katarina Soderberg      Alfred Frass      Louise Ringrose      Stephanie Cowell      Sotone Historic Recordings      Europamusicale      Gordon Rumson      Colin Willoughby      Tess Crebbin      Graham Williams      Eugenia Ames      David Bramhall      Robert Anderson      Disques du Solstice      A T Schaefer      Longborough Festival Opera      Lucille Phillips      Paul Minotto      Chris Grist      Keith Saunders      Ivor Bramich      Apapaziz Productions      Marco Borggreve      Dvora Lewis      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Abendzeitung München      David Wilkins      harmonia mundi      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Ron Bierman      

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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