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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:

Andrew Benson-Wilson      Volksoper Wien      Shirley Bramich      James Galway      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Royal College of Music      Chesky Records Inc      Graz Tourismus      Alice McVeigh      Munich Philharmonic      Susan Alcock      Libra Records Ltd      Belinda Morgan      Mitch Jenkins      Alexander Hawley      Paul Sarcich      Megan Fenselau      Kaysh Shinn      Katarina Freiberger      Victoria Bragin      Jenny Crossland      John Bell Young      Robert Anderson      Alan Hedges      Todd Paris      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Mike Edwards      Matthew O'Sullivan      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Richard Partridge      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Rob Ramsey      Jens Rötzsch      John McCabe      Carolyn Nott      Peter Morgan      Colin Willoughby      Sue Johnson      Larry A Russell      Sasha Gusov      Priory Records Ltd      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Gerard Schurmann      Katarina Soderberg      Bayer Records      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      David Lipp      Sara Henry      Amy Rogers      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Axel Zeininger      Rebecca Schiffman      Jill Kramer      Jane Cunning      Andreas Malkmus      Sotone Historic Recordings      Simax Classics      Brian Bumby      Carson Cooman      Caroline von Reitzenstein      David Ellis      EMI Records Ltd      

Zimbel Press     People Image      BIS Records AB      Dutton Laboratories      Kate Manning      Holger Badekow      Frances Godden      Wilfried Hösl      Circles International      Yolanda Zumaeta      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Buxton Festival      Helen Sims      Daniel Rubinoff      David Stock      Belinda Sykes      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Robbie Jack      Annette Wittkopf      Jeffrey James      Richard Black      David Stars      Decca Music Group Ltd      Steve Sherman      Ron Bierman      Shirley Ratcliffe      Mutable Music      Monica McCabe      Kristen Theriault      Reinhardt Werner      Chris Christodoulou      Louise Ringrose      Paul Pollei      Steve Zorc      Deutsche Grammophon      Green Room Productions      Alastair Muir      Tess Crebbin      George Vass      Stu Rosner      Anne Kirchbach      Andrew Eccles      Bill Newman      Lynsey Docherty      Daniel Burges      Yuri Izawa      William Copper      Ken Butcher      David Jones      Viorel Anton      Catriona Chatterley      Welsh National Opera      London Concertante      Anja Ullrich      Bayerische Rundfunk      ASV Ltd      ORF      University of Illinois Press      Lucy Penwarden      Regine Koerner      M L Hart      Iain C Steel      Burning River Brass      

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Laurence Lewis      Brian Tarr      Bob Schneider      Patric Standford      Vladislav Kovalsky      Dvora Lewis      Jim Robson      Manus Carey      Risto Lauriala      Amy Isard      English Touring Opera      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Klaus Rudolph      Ralph Kulling      Garden Opera      Ostkreuz      Disques du Solstice      Maria Nockin      Schott Archieve      Lady Barbirolli      OgreOgress Productions      Jo Carpenter      harmonia mundi      Opera Holland Park      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Jeanne O'Keefe      Graham Williams      Violetta Egorova      Nicolas Bruant      Malcolm Miller      Nonsuch Singers      Eric Laeskogen      Peter Wass      HNH International Ltd      Emily Darrow      Bayerische Staatsoper      Bill Cooper      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Wolfram Rieger      Barry Maufe      Marco Borggreve      Meikui Matsushima      Fabrizio Ferrari      Martin Berkofsky      Tzadik      Rika Lino      Alfred Frass      Peter Howell      Alistair Hinton      Gary Hickling      Cecilia McDowall      Christina O'hart      Peter Dickinson      Lucille Phillips      Adriana Soaita      TDK Mediactive      Karuna Records      Greg Barns      Sybille Werner      Erin Christman      University of Alaska      Lutz Sternstein      Roderic Dunnett      

Nicki Marsh      Fairbanks      Janet Hales      Arne Winkler      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Chris Ford      Adrien Cotta      Rebecca Davis      Piers Adams      Alexan Zakyan      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      A T Schaefer      Fibonacci Sequence      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Finlandia Records      Chandos Records      Kelly Ferjutz      Tanglewood Festival      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Colin Bramich      Jayang Jung      Sally Burningham      Emma Dain      J Scheerder      CPO      Abendzeitung München      Nick Prag      Eva Fampas      Cristofori Foundation      Sissy von Kotzebue      DGB Records      Brana Records      Fonit Cetra      Divas Records      Apapaziz Productions      Eugenia Ames      Malcolm Tattersall      Presteigne Festival      Katja Brooijmans      Grant Smith      Hypovereinsbank      Enid Luff      Harry Schiffer      Celia Ballantyne      Salzburg Festival      Primrose Metcalf      Orchestrutopica      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Vienna Modern Masters      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Tall Poppies Records      Wolfgang Schnabl      Europamusicale      Laszlo Bodor      Sven Helbig      London Sinfonietta      Isidor Records      Annie Burge      Barrie Rogers      Video Arts International      Royal Northern College of Music      T V Sairam      

Alexandra Vosding      John Credland      Bampton Classical Opera      Medici Classics      David Hughes      Gernsbeck      Dan Locklair      Rudolf Budja      Deux-Elles Ltd      Virgin Classics      Jo Ashwell      Tiberio Snaidero      Eric Mahoudeau      Angelika Roessler      Lisa Pring      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Rai Trade      George Georgakakos      Howard Smith      English Chamber Orchestra      Stella Dickinson      Martin Torp      Borjan Canev      Norton Paperback Fiction      Kim Stanford      Kornald Music      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Albany Records      Roger Mastroianni      Glyndebourne Opera      T Linwood      The late Rev David Thompson      Denis ApIvor      Mark Bramich      J Henry Fair      ECM Records GmbH      Béla Mezey      Micaela Pittaluga      Haenssler Classics      Thomas Hampson      Claves Records      Jennifer Paull      Mikael Winroth      Real Sound srl      Chika Takeuchi      Danielle Woerner      Arena PAL      Julia Ionides      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Philip Crebbin      Charlotte Ooi      Chris Grist      BEL AIR Media      Kronberg Academy      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Lawrence Budmen      Nikky Johnston      Nathan J Silverman      American Composers Forum      Marc Ginot      Bettina Pauli      Eric Klug      Robert Hugill      

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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