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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:

Karuna Records      Meikui Matsushima      Brian Tarr      Catherine Ashmore      Sasha Gusov      Oberstdorf Tourist Office      Eric Klug      Chipperfield Photography      Burning River Brass      Abendzeitung München      Isidor Records      Ostkreuz      CPO      Carson Cooman      Decca Music Group Ltd      Adrian Williams      Medici Classics      Brian Bumby      Clive Barda      Anja Ullrich      John McCabe      Neil Zaslaw      Royal Northern College of Music      J Henry Fair      Erin Christman      Steve Zorc      Glyndebourne Opera      Warner Classics      Adrien Cotta      Emily Darrow      Bill Cooper      Jessica Gould      Arne Winkler      David Jones      Eugenia Papadimas      Rika Lino      Greg Barns      Land's End Chamber Ensemble      Iain C Steel      Lynsey Docherty      ASV Ltd      Carolyn Nott      Bayerische Rundfunk      Fabrizio Ferrari      Eva Fampas      Alistair Hinton      Dimo Dimov      Chandos Records      Nicki Marsh      English Touring Opera      Viorel Anton      Gary Hickling      Mitch Jenkins      harmonia mundi      Katarina Freiberger      Laurence Lewis      Stu Rosner      Zimbel Press     Axel Zeininger      Frances Godden      Nicolas Bruant      American Composers Forum      Adriana Soaita      

Caroline von Reitzenstein      Howard Smith      Tanglewood Festival      ECM Records GmbH      Wolfram Rieger      Christine Strub      James Galway      Paul Minotto      Longborough Festival Opera      Janet Hales      Circles International      Philip Crebbin      Rastrelli Cello Quartet      Megan Fenselau      David Hughes      Holger Badekow      Lucy Penwarden      Deux-Elles Ltd      Jeff Loughlin      Video Arts International      Alan Hedges      Louise Ringrose      Béla Mezey      Mutable Music      Victoria Bragin      Tania Pergamenschikow      Gerard Schurmann      Vienna Modern Masters      OgreOgress Productions      Steve Sherman      Aulos Musikado      Real Sound srl      Opera Holland Park      Deutsche Grammophon      John Credland      Roderic Dunnett      Violetta Egorova      Disques du Solstice      Chesky Records Inc      Haenssler Classics      Borjan Canev      Grant Smith      Eroica Classical Recordings      Royal College of Music      Tamami Honma      Tzadik      University of Illinois Press      Sotone Historic Recordings      Helen Sims      British Youth Opera      Shirley Bramich      HNH International Ltd      Stephanie Cowell      Richard Black      People Image      Jonathan Sayles      Cala Records Ltd      Kim Stanford      David Ellis      Monica McCabe      Patric Standford      Todd Paris      Bampton Classical Opera      

M N Robert      Zeta Soluciones Audiovisuales S L      Keith Saunders      Kristen Theriault      Libra Records Ltd      John Bell Young      Chris Grist      Ralph Kulling      Finlandia Records      Stella Dickinson      Westdeutcher Rundfunk      Shirley Ratcliffe      Alice McVeigh      Julia Ionides      T V Sairam      Eric Laeskogen      Sybille Werner      Bayer Records      Lindsay Lozon      Robert Anderson      BIS Records AB      Robert Hugill      Katarina Soderberg      Vladislav Kovalsky      Kronberg Academy      Yuri Izawa      David Wilkins      David Stock      Kelly Ferjutz      Rudolf Budja      David Bramhall      Munich Philharmonic      Sissy von Kotzebue      The late Rev David Thompson      Laszlo Bodor      Lady Barbirolli      Peter Cooper      Fibonacci Sequence      Sven Helbig      Bayerische Staatsoper      Enid Luff      Nathan J Silverman      Thomas Hampson      Malcolm Tattersall      Peter Jaggard      Alfred Frass      Jayang Jung      Nonsuch Singers      Rebecca Schiffman      George Georgakakos      G Thum      Schott Archieve      Danielle Woerner      BEL AIR Media      Orion Computer Consultants Ltd      Jeanne O'Keefe      Marianna Rashkovetsky      Mike Leale      Alexander Hawley      Regine Koerner      Blue Pearl Records      Jo Ashwell      Dutton Laboratories      

Wolfgang Schnabl      William Copper      Matthew O'Sullivan      Andreas Malkmus      Peter Morgan      Manus Carey      Maria Nockin      Peter Howell      Priory Records Ltd      Dan Locklair      Catriona Chatterley      Naxos Rights International Ltd      Orchestrutopica      Apapaziz Productions      Marc Ginot      Barrie Rogers      Lutz Sternstein      TDK Marketing Europe GmbH      Dvora Lewis      Sara Henry      Emma Dain      Hypovereinsbank      Gordon Rumson      Jorge Hernan Pelaez      Charlotte Ooi      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra      Andrew Benson-Wilson      Mike Edwards      Amy Isard      Denis ApIvor      University of Alaska      Stuttgart Marketing GmbH      Victor Company of Japan Ltd      Mikael Winroth      Roger Mastroianni      Albany Records      Royal Scottish National Orchestra      Linda Litwack      Eric Mahoudeau      Reinhardt Werner      Norton Paperback Fiction      Belinda Sykes      Verlag Neue Musik      Christina O'hart      Simax Classics      London Sinfonietta      Harry Schiffer      Annie Burge      Jens Rötzsch      Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra      Medici Choir      HLM Classics      Tiberio Snaidero      Rex Harley      Katja Brooijmans      John Rusnak      Eugenia Ames      Rolando Villazon      Wiener Staatsoper GmbH      Micaela Pittaluga      Sally Burningham      Kornald Music      Tall Poppies Records      

Green Room Productions      Brana Records      Kate Manning      Fonit Cetra      English Chamber Orchestra      Tess Crebbin      Daniel Rubinoff      Barry Maufe      Rhea Kang      London Concord Singers      ORF      Jill Kramer      Celia Ballantyne      Virgin Classics      Mark Bramich      Ashley Wass      Peter Dickinson      Salzburg Festival      Metier Sound & Vision Ltd      Malcolm Miller      Jo Carpenter      Ivor Bramich      Sue Johnson      Martin Berkofsky      Graham Williams      Lisa Pring      Arena PAL      J Scheerder      Welsh National Opera      Jason Starr      Jeffrey James      Angelika Roessler      London Concertante      T Linwood      BMG Ariola Classics GmbH      Sue Reiss      Divas Records      Graz Tourismus      Alastair Muir      Paul Richardson      Jane Cunning      Paul Pollei      Martin Torp      Belinda Morgan      Stephen Wright      I Fagiolini      Cecilia McDowall      Claves Records      Ken Butcher      TDK Mediactive      Kaysh Shinn      Mimi Sterne-Wolfe      Annette Wittkopf      Europamusicale      Marco Borggreve      Presteigne Festival      Holloways Conservatory Furniture      Helen Gill      Rob Ramsey      Buxton Festival      Royal Opera Covent Garden      Oliver Oppitz      Piers Adams      

Grace Lee      Volksoper Wien      Lawrence Budmen      David Angell      Geraldine Buchanan      Richard Partridge      Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH      Bettina Pauli      Gernsbeck      Paul Sarcich      Cristofori Foundation      Rita Brameld      Orfeo International Music GmbH      Rai Trade      Robbie Jack      Klaus Rudolph      Peter Wass      Chika Takeuchi      Colin Bramich      Andrew Eccles      Bob Schneider      Wilfrid Mellers      Danjulo Ishizaka      Sherlock Fortuin      EMI Records Ltd      Lucille Phillips      Bill Newman      David Stars      Garden Opera      Harry Heleotis      Yolanda Zumaeta      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation      Susan Alcock      Nick Prag      Celeste Bacon      DGB Records      Jennifer Paull      Daniel Burges      Ron Bierman      Jim Robson      Alexandra Vosding      George Vass      A T Schaefer      Chris Ford      Alexan Zakyan      New Edinburgh Orchestra      Francisco Jose Martin-Jaime      Primrose Metcalf      Anne Kirchbach      Fairbanks      Rebecca Davis      Chris Christodoulou      Larry A Russell      M L Hart      Risto Lauriala      Ana Papakhian      David Lipp      Nikky Johnston      Amy Rogers      Colin Willoughby      Jenny Crossland      Jorge Colón      Wilfried Hösl      

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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