Que Sera Om Shanti

by Robin Munsonyoga icons

Like Doris Day so famously once said, “Que sera sera.” (Well, Doris sang the lyrics. But  Ray Evans wrote them. It’s like thinking that Barry Manilow wrote “I Write The Songs”.  He didn’t.  Bruce Johnston did.  I’m a lyricist so . . . but I digress!)

Some time ago when Art and I got our BMI statement, it was (by our standards, anyway), a huge stack of pages, the amount paid to us had gone down by a goodly percentage from the previous quarter. It was puzzling — until we learned that the rules had changed yet again. And of course, not to our advantage. (sigh) Continue reading

Saucha

by Robin MunsonOm - Aum - Symbol in Lotus Frame

One of the basic guiding principles of yoga is Saucha. A Sanskrit word, it can be roughly translated as cleanliness. But not just cleanliness of our environment or physical cleanliness, but also cleanliness or purity of the body and mind.  (Saucha is one of the Niyamas, which are observances meant to help us to achieve a life of less suffering and ultimately, more joy.)

“What has that got to do with my musical life?” you may well ask.  Well, I can only speak for myself and you can tell me if any of this resonates with you. Continue reading

MLR Now Mobile Friendly

I decided that I had been ignoring the little nudges from Google that MLR was not mobile friendly for too long. Today I installed a plugin that recognizes smart phones and tablets to deliver a better mobile experience. MLR now passes Google’s mobile testing tool. Yay! Please leave comments if you are having any problems with your particular device.

Thank you!

CryptoWall – CryptoLock – Ransom-Ware

Stop virus - purple virus in red alert signI had been vaguely aware of ransom-ware over the years but the the latest incarnations are particularly nasty. One of the newest is Cryptowall. You can get it from links, attachments, clicking on ads, even a trusted web site can be infected (via drive-by downloads). Cryptowall will make copies of all of your files, encrypt them and then delete the originals. Read more…

Music Maven Consulting – Free To First 5 Composers!

Hey All,

Two colleagues of mine are starting a consulting business to help musicians and libraries navigate the crazy world of cue sheets, metadata and PRO’s. The company is called Music Maven and was formed by Phil Bright and Geoff Siegel.

Phil has owned Pfilbryte Production Music for 20 years and has thousands of placements in TV, film and video games. He also developed his own software to catalog and track cue sheets and reconcile them against PRO statements.

Geoff has run Fundamental Music for 12 years. Fundamental reps independent artists for TV and film placement, does custom work for advertising and has a small production library.

They’re offering the first 5 MLR members that private message me a free 30 minute consult. They want to get a feel for what areas are the most important to musicians concerning cue sheets, statements, PRO’s, etc. So, you’d be helping them as much as I think they can help you guys with these important aspects of our business.

Contact Geoff at geoff [at] fundamentalmusic [dot] com. If you are a human you will know how to decipher that e-mail address. 🙂