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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:

Orfeo International Music GmbH      Christine Strub      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Virgin Classics      Peter Howell      Sotone Historic Recordings      Volksoper Wien      Bayer Records      Piers Adams      Roderic Dunnett      Maria Nockin      Cala Records Ltd      Ashley Wass      David Jones      Lucille Phillips      Malcolm Miller      Chesky Records Inc      University of Alaska      Jessica Gould      EMI Records Ltd      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Jason Starr      Lucy Penwarden      Nicki Marsh      Lady Barbirolli      Stephanie Cowell      Graham Williams      Peter Cooper      Norton Paperback Fiction      Wolfram Rieger      Jill Kramer      Steve Zorc      Bill Newman      Keith Saunders      Deutsche Grammophon      Tiberio Snaidero      Robert Hugill      Wilfrid Mellers      Lindsay Lozon      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Rika Lino      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Eugenia Papadimas      CPO      Tamami Honma      James Galway      Enid Luff      Eric Laeskogen      HNH International Ltd      Gary Hickling      Orchestrutopica      Charlotte Ooi      Brana Records      Rita Brameld      Jorge Colón      Claves Records      Lynsey Docherty      New Edinburgh Orchestra      BIS Records AB      Decca Music Group Ltd      Sue Reiss      Carson Cooman      

John Credland      M L Hart      Nonsuch Singers      David Ellis      Bill Cooper      Jens Rötzsch      Richard Black      Sara Henry      Barry Maufe      Monica McCabe      Warner Classics      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Alice McVeigh      Peter Jaggard      Kronberg Academy      Glyndebourne Opera      English Chamber Orchestra      Meikui Matsushima      Fairbanks      Jenny Crossland      Daniel Rubinoff      Colin Bramich      Verlag Neue Musik      Bampton Classical Opera      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Primrose Metcalf      Adrien Cotta      G Thum      Anja Ullrich      Rob Ramsey      David Wilkins      Celia Ballantyne      Helen Sims      Green Room Productions      Rolando Villazon      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Aulos Musikado      Eva Fampas      Marc Ginot      Mikael Winroth      Isidor Records      Grant Smith      Shirley Ratcliffe      Jeanne O'Keefe      Welsh National Opera      Rebecca Schiffman      Jeffrey James      Angelika Roessler      Mutable Music      Danjulo Ishizaka      Chika Takeuchi      Abendzeitung München      Eric Mahoudeau      Katja Brooijmans      Greg Barns      Video Arts International      Nicolas Bruant      Grace Lee      Larry A Russell      Geraldine Buchanan      Louise Ringrose      Sally Burningham      William Copper      

Nathan J Silverman      Tanglewood Festival      Borjan Canev      Salzburg Festival      Peter Wass      Jo Carpenter      American Composers Forum      Chipperfield Photography      Martin Berkofsky      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Gordon Rumson      Anne Kirchbach      Laszlo Bodor      David Bramhall      Jayang Jung      Clive Barda      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Yolanda Zumaeta      Burning River Brass      David Stars      Belinda Sykes      Circles International      Béla Mezey      Graz Tourismus      Annie Burge      Cristofori Foundation      Jo Ashwell      Lutz Sternstein      Stella Dickinson      Alexan Zakyan      J Henry Fair      Tania Pergamenschikow      Axel Zeininger      Matthew O'Sullivan      London Concord Singers      University of Illinois Press      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Bettina Pauli      Medici Classics      Peter Morgan      Royal College of Music      London Concertante      Sasha Gusov      Brian Tarr      Tall Poppies Records      Tzadik      ASV Ltd      Longborough Festival Opera      Paul Pollei      Rai Trade      Chandos Records      People Image      Kate Manning      Risto Lauriala      Alexandra Vosding      Gernsbeck      Priory Records Ltd      Howard Smith      Susan Alcock      Chris Christodoulou      Holger Badekow      Wolfgang Schnabl      harmonia mundi      

David Hughes      Alfred Frass      Bayerische Rundfunk      Mitch Jenkins      Mark Bramich      Catriona Chatterley      Cecilia McDowall      Ken Butcher      Neil Zaslaw      Divas Records      Rudolf Budja      Robert Anderson      David Stock      Disques du Solstice      Celeste Bacon      Thomas Hampson      David Angell      Denis ApIvor      Gerard Schurmann      British Youth Opera      Europamusicale      Jennifer Paull      Martin Torp      Apapaziz Productions      Dimo Dimov      Alan Hedges      Eroica Classical Recordings      Fonit Cetra      Vladislav Kovalsky      Alastair Muir      Paul Sarcich      Katarina Soderberg      David Lipp      Katarina Freiberger      Carolyn Nott      Malcolm Tattersall      Hypovereinsbank      Jim Robson      George Vass      Dvora Lewis      Alistair Hinton      Rebecca Davis      Jonathan Sayles      Arena PAL      Andrew Eccles      Kaysh Shinn      Vienna Modern Masters      BEL AIR Media      Linda Litwack      Kelly Ferjutz      Andreas Malkmus      Sue Johnson      Colin Willoughby      Naxos Rights International Ltd      George Georgakakos      London Sinfonietta      J Scheerder      Frances Godden      A T Schaefer      Eric Klug      Haenssler Classics      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Yuri Izawa      

Medici Choir      Bayerische Staatsoper      Paul Minotto      M N Robert      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Ralph Kulling      Real Sound srl      Jeff Loughlin      Mike Edwards      Stu Rosner      Nick Prag      ECM Records GmbH      Reinhardt Werner      Munich Philharmonic      TDK Mediactive      Annette Wittkopf      English Touring Opera      Garden Opera      Patric Standford      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      T V Sairam      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Albany Records      Stephen Wright      Buxton Festival      Nikky Johnston      Chris Grist      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      John Bell Young      Todd Paris      Barrie Rogers      Ana Papakhian      OgreOgress Productions      Sissy von Kotzebue      Viorel Anton      Iain C Steel      Sherlock Fortuin      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Sven Helbig      Harry Heleotis      Adriana Soaita      Alexander Hawley      Steve Sherman      Micaela Pittaluga      Harry Schiffer      Dutton Laboratories      Brian Bumby      HLM Classics      Amy Isard      Finlandia Records      ORF      Jane Cunning      Roger Mastroianni      Arne Winkler      Julia Ionides      DGB Records      Daniel Burges      Violetta Egorova      Sybille Werner      John McCabe      Klaus Rudolph      Erin Christman      Megan Fenselau      

Emma Dain      Rhea Kang      Kornald Music      Peter Dickinson      Dan Locklair      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Libra Records Ltd      Ron Bierman      Caroline von Reitzenstein      Tess Crebbin      Catherine Ashmore      Lawrence Budmen      Simax Classics      Zimbel Press     Mike Leale      Laurence Lewis      Ivor Bramich      Bob Schneider      Oliver Oppitz      Royal Northern College of Music      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Paul Richardson      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Kim Stanford      Marco Borggreve      Amy Rogers      Eugenia Ames      Presteigne Festival      The late Rev David Thompson      Helen Gill      Belinda Morgan      Janet Hales      Manus Carey      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Chris Ford      Emily Darrow      I Fagiolini      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Ostkreuz      Karuna Records      John Rusnak      Wilfried Hösl      Schott Archieve      Fibonacci Sequence      Regine Koerner      Lisa Pring      Robbie Jack      Kristen Theriault      Christina O'hart      Victoria Bragin      Adrian Williams      Fabrizio Ferrari      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Shirley Bramich      Danielle Woerner      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Philip Crebbin      T Linwood      Opera Holland Park      Richard Partridge      Rex Harley      Blue Pearl Records      Deux-Elles Ltd      

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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