Hedging Our Bets

by Robin Munson

Music runs in my family. My father, who had written songs during World War II as a POW in Germany, had dismissed the notion of being a professional songwriter Poker acesafter the war as a crazy, impractical idea. He opted instead to partner with his brothers in a home improvement business in order to provide for our family. My mother, who had inherited a beautiful singing voice from my grandmother, loved to sing and made no secret that she was a frustrated Judy Garland.

So it’s not surprising that all my life I wanted to be a musician and I opted in on piano and voice lessons quite early on. But I soon came to realize that my chosen profession was not exactly the most stable one in the world. My father used to quip, “It’s not a profession, it’s a cult.” And for all my mother”s encouragement in general, she lectured us on the vicissitudes of The Biz. Furthermore, surrounded as I was by very talented musicians, it seemed to me that at best, I was mildly gifted. Continue reading

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…