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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

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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:

Opera Holland Park      Adriana Soaita      Jane Cunning      Haenssler Classics      Fabrizio Ferrari      Bayer Records      Alfred Frass      Adrian Williams      John Credland      Iain C Steel      I Fagiolini      Laszlo Bodor      Zimbel Press     Cala Records Ltd      Robbie Jack      Yuri Izawa      Katarina Freiberger      Norton Paperback Fiction      Robert Anderson      Louise Ringrose      Warner Classics      Sally Burningham      Helen Gill      Chris Grist      The late Rev David Thompson      Rolando Villazon      TDK Mediactive      George Vass      BIS Records AB      Rex Harley      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Hypovereinsbank      Stephen Wright      Linda Litwack      Peter Cooper      Buxton Festival      Eric Laeskogen      Paul Minotto      ORF      Deux-Elles Ltd      Rebecca Schiffman      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Steve Zorc      Clive Barda      Marc Ginot      Jo Carpenter      Nicki Marsh      University of Alaska      Andreas Malkmus      Alexandra Vosding      Libra Records Ltd      Martin Torp      George Georgakakos      Anne Kirchbach      Peter Howell      Kornald Music      Lisa Pring      Helen Sims      Dvora Lewis      Robert Hugill      Nathan J Silverman      Sybille Werner      Annie Burge      

Priory Records Ltd      Meikui Matsushima      Brian Bumby      Jennifer Paull      Apapaziz Productions      English Touring Opera      Alistair Hinton      Sotone Historic Recordings      Lucy Penwarden      Decca Music Group Ltd      Jessica Gould      John McCabe      Tess Crebbin      Claves Records      Wilfrid Mellers      Wolfgang Schnabl      Nicolas Bruant      Stephanie Cowell      Howard Smith      Circles International      Alexander Hawley      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Bampton Classical Opera      Borjan Canev      Piers Adams      Presteigne Festival      ASV Ltd      Stella Dickinson      Viorel Anton      Welsh National Opera      Simax Classics      Rai Trade      Barrie Rogers      Eva Fampas      Klaus Rudolph      EMI Records Ltd      Paul Sarcich      Oliver Oppitz      Lady Barbirolli      Rhea Kang      English Chamber Orchestra      Gernsbeck      Megan Fenselau      Colin Bramich      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      David Stars      Paul Richardson      Belinda Sykes      David Jones      Sven Helbig      Ralph Kulling      Munich Philharmonic      Tania Pergamenschikow      Laurence Lewis      Lucille Phillips      Regine Koerner      Sue Johnson      Orchestrutopica      Jorge Colón      Thomas Hampson      Rob Ramsey      Mike Leale      Richard Black      

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G Thum      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Medici Classics      Eric Mahoudeau      Royal Northern College of Music      Jill Kramer      Lindsay Lozon      Emily Darrow      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      London Sinfonietta      Jonathan Sayles      Martin Berkofsky      Ron Bierman      Kronberg Academy      American Composers Forum      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Alice McVeigh      David Wilkins      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Shirley Bramich      Catherine Ashmore      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Chika Takeuchi      Angelika Roessler      Neil Zaslaw      Brian Tarr      Stu Rosner      Roger Mastroianni      Primrose Metcalf      Disques du Solstice      Sherlock Fortuin      Arena PAL      Emma Dain      Danjulo Ishizaka      Blue Pearl Records      Daniel Burges      Bob Schneider      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Geraldine Buchanan      Yolanda Zumaeta      Eroica Classical Recordings      Larry A Russell      Richard Partridge      Mitch Jenkins      Malcolm Tattersall      Gerard Schurmann      Rika Lino      Violetta Egorova      Belinda Morgan      Colin Willoughby      harmonia mundi      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Grace Lee      Tzadik      Malcolm Miller      DGB Records      Peter Morgan      Janet Hales      Sara Henry      BEL AIR Media      Mikael Winroth      Tiberio Snaidero      

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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.

Signed,
a friend

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