Slammed By Spam

Some of you may have noticed that MLR had a big spam attack.  I recently loosened up the spam settings because posters who left very long post, were being sent to the moderation queue or flagged as spam. As I feared that only opened the door to a flood of spam. The main reason was that the Captcha had stopped working on the forums. That has been fixed so that should solve it. Fingers crossed. 🙂

‘TIS THE SEASON

by Robin MunsonRed Christmas Tree Ornament in Snow

It’s Crunch Time. We are a few weeks from Christmas and Chanukah. Once again, we must gather whatever remaining strength we have at the tail end of a challenging year and summon up the holiday spirit. We have shopping, cleaning, cooking, family gatherings. Some of us might have holiday gigs, musical or non. You might be tempted to drown your sorrows in Haagen-Dazs. (I might be!) So how do we take care of ourselves at a time like this? (more…)

EMBERTONE INTIMATE STRINGS – REVIEW

Embertone Stringsby PJG

In the last few years, Embertone has specialized in detailed, affordable virtual instruments: from the classic sound of the clarinet to the exoticism of the erhu and the insanity of the mouth trumpet – their products are always deeply sampled and beautiful scripted. And during all this time their solo strings have been Embertone’s flagship, starting with Friedlander Violin in 2013 and finishing with Leonid Bass early this year. Completing the series, Blakus Cello and Fischer Viola: it is always nice when libraries give their performers proper due. (more…)