Podcast Music

Urban Podcast Intro 5

Huge opener for politics, sports or other topical content. Key of C. Tempo medium 90 bpm. Available in :30, :15 and bumper-stinger edits.

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Cinematic Podcast Intro 2

This is a powerful opener for news, politics or dramatic fare. Key is b-flat minor. Tempo is medium-fast (120 bpm). Available in :30, :15 and six-second bumper edits.

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Corporate Podcast Intro 11

Uplifting opener for business-positive podcasts and other presentation formats. Key is C Major. Tempo is medium-fast 122 bpm. Available in :30, :15, two six-second bumper and looped versions.

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Stock Music

O Tannenbaum

A bouncy, swinging arrangement of the Christmas classic. Key is F Major. Tempo is fast (132 bpm).

Stock Music

Happy Go Lucky

A pleasant, bouncy tune for children’s and family-oriented media. Key is E Major. Tempo is medium-fast (89/178 bpm). Available in full, :60, :30, :15 and bumper edits.

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My Point Being

My Point Being: Those Who Censor History

I woke up early this morning, and was scanning news stories when I came across this:

“‘Lord of the Rings” Slammed for Perpetuating Racism through Depiction of Orcs

According to the story in National Review, sci-fi author Andrew Duncan opined on a podcast that the treatment of orcs in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels was racist and would have “dire consequences” for everybody down the road. That’s not what I took from it at all. To me, depicting a race bred for fighting and not much else sounds a klaxon warning about the dangers of eugenics. Breeding disposable sub-humans would have dire consequences indeed, but that’s not what Mr. Duncan is talking about.

In my opinion, he’s trying to revise the history of literature. He’s not the first to try, and this isn’t the first time it has come up.

I got to thinking about some other bits of media that have been killed by this Orwellian revisionism. Take, for example, Mel Brooks’ brilliant movie farce Blazing Saddles. You don’t see it on broadcast or cable TV anymore because the use of the “N” word by certain characters has been censored to the point that a lot of the picture makes very little sense.

Here’s the thing: the characters using the racial slurs were the very ones Brooks was lampooning. Furthermore, a major component of the story is how the townspeople evolve to like and respect the black sheriff, despite their racial differences.

I think the same thing is true about the classic 1970’s sitcom All in the Family. Archie Bunker has a slur for everyone who isn’t a WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant). Archie Bunker was a bigot, not someone to emulate. I got that. as I think most people back then did.

Except, maybe, Ann Coulter.

If you hear Dire Straits’ 1980s hit “Money for Nothing” on classic rock radio today, you’ll miss an entire verse of the original song. The verse refers to an unidentified pop star the narrator/singer believes to be homosexual, or at least effeminate, and describes said pop star using a homophobic slur. Stations used to just bleep the offending word when it came up; now they just edit out the entire verse. The narrator/singer is ignorant and homophobic, and if you hear the entire context of the song and give it a little thought, you’ll get that.

But folks like Andrew Duncan don’t seem to want you or me to have that chance. They want a world where everyone is exactly the same, has always been exactly the same, and thinks exactly the same. In their view, it kind of takes all the guesswork out of thinking. It’s very similar to people on the so-called “alt-right” except that what they want you to think is different.

You can try to ban all the expressions of thought you don’t like, but you won’t be able to ban the thoughts themselves. Talk about your dire consequences.

In America and elsewhere, hateful and distorted thoughts are like cockroaches; they flourish in darkness. Driven to the darkness and left there, they will eventually manifest in hateful and distorted action out in the light. To change minds you must challenge them, not try to control them. To paraphrase Santayana, those who censor history are doomed to repeat it.

Dayton Triangles

Draft Excerpt: A Wild Finish

The following short excerpt is from my Dayton Triangles book project. It describes a key moment in the prehistory of the Triangles: the second Dayton city independent football championship game between the Saint Mary’s Cadets and the Olt-Superba Oakwoods, played on November 27, 1913. The description of the game is summarized from reporting by Robert Husted of the Dayton Journal. The Dayton Daily News account of the game is apparently lost along with several other pages missing from both the online ProQuest archive and the microfilm archive at the Dayton Public Library. I plan to go through the Dayton Herald and will add any additional information from there in a later draft.

The game was a rematch of the first championship game played between the same two teams on November 16, and won by the Cadets in a 14-9 upset over the defending champion Oakwoods. Some of the first names are omitted; it was common practice in the day for the sports writers to refer to players by last name unless they had brothers playing in the same game (as was often the case with the Sacksteder and Kinderdine brothers, among others). I hope to have first names for everyone by the time I begin submitting this for consideration to publishers sometime next year.

The excerpt follows:

The return match between the Cadets and Oakwoods proved to be one of the most exciting and controversial football games played in Dayton in many years. The Oakwoods opened the scoring off an early Cadets turnover, fullback Dolan throwing a touchdown pass to Munk. Following the ensuing kickoff, however, it didn’t take Al Mahrt long to get the Cadets’ quick strike pass offense in gear.

Starting from the Cadets’ 25-yard line, Mahrt rushed around end for five yards. On the following play he found a wide-open Zimmerman, who had streaked behind the Oakwoods’ defense. Mahrt delivered the ball forty yards in the air to Zimmerman, who outran the Oakwood defenders the final yards to the goal line, capping off a spectacular 70-yard touchdown play. Clark’s touchdown goal kick (extra point) tied the score at 7. Babe Zimmerman threw a touchdown pass to Billy Zile before the end of the quarter to give the Cadets a 13-7 lead. The extra point was missed.

In the second quarter, Oakwood regrouped and struck back. Captain Herb Allen intercepted Mahrt at the Oakwood 45 and the former champs drove relentlessly downfield by way of the ground game to within a few feet of the Cadet goal line. When the Cadets’ goal line defense stiffened, quarterback Roy Burton threw a touchdown pass to right halfback “Minnie” Black to tie the score. A successful extra point inched the Oakwoods back in front, 14-13. Another Cadet turnover deep in their own territory led to a third Oakwood touchdown, scored on a shortrush by Allen. Following another successful point after, the Oakwoods went to halftime up 21-13.

The third quarter went back and forth until Zimmerman intercepted a pass to stop an Oakwood drive at the Cadets’ 20-yard line. Two Mahrt passes, one to Zimmerman, covered more than 50 yards. The quarter ended with the Cadets driving in Oakwood territory. The Cadets completed their touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter on a Mahrt pass to Dungan, in at left end for Weaver. “Foos” Clark kicked the extra point to bring the Cadets to within a point at 21-20.

With time (and daylight) now waning, a critical kicking error by the Oakwoods turned the game in the Cadets’ favor. The Oakwood offense stalled at their own 20 and they were forced to punt. Munk shanked the punt out of bounds giving the Cadets excellent field position at the Oakwoods’ 40. A short Mahrt run and incompletion left the Cadets in a do-or-die third down. Mahrt then uncorked a pass to Dungan, who ran to the Oakwoods’ 10, setting up first down and goal to go. When Mahrt foundNorb Sacksteder behind the goal line, the touchdown pass put the Cadets back on top 26-21.

Following the play, the Oakwood players protested that Mahrt’s pass had touched end Johnny Devereaux, in at end for Zile, prior to Sacksteder catching it. Under the rules of the day, this would have been an illegal forward pass (illegal touching) and negated the touchdown. After conferring, Referee Castleman from Colgate and Umpire Eckstrom from Dartmouth ruled that only Sacksteder had touched the ball and let the touchdown stand.

Bedlam ensued. Many people from the large crowd that had come to take in the game became excited and rushed onto the field, preventing the Cadets from attempting the extra point. Police tried to clear the crowd from the field so that the game could continue, but were unable to do so. With the teams unable to play on, and darkness falling, Referee Castleman ruled the game over and declared the Cadets to be the winners by a final score of 26-21. The game ended with the crowd still on the field.

Robert Husted, writing for the Dayton Journal, heaped specific praise on Mahrt, Zimmerman, Zile and Dungan for their high level of play in the victory. He also credited halfback Carl Storck for excellent blocking and kick returning. For the defeated Oakwoods, Husted tipped his cap in particular to Black and quarterback Barton.

With the city and southern Ohio championships now secure, the Cadets turned again to basketball for the winter season.


What’s Happening: Week of November 26, 2018

I’ve been working on outlining and drafting for my Dayton Triangles book project, and if I can remember I’ll try to post a short excerpt this week to mark the anniversary of a pivotal event in the team’s pre-history. Meanwhile, there’s a lot of music to talk about.

First, I have two new items in the pipeline. The first one, which woke me before 5 AM insisting I get it down immediately, is one I call “Corporate Podcast Intro 11”. It’s pretty simple, featuring muted guitar over a beat, bass and piano/pad. It comes in :30, :15, looped, and two six-second bumper versions. Here’s a preview of the :30 version.

The other intro is “Cinematic Podcast intro 2”. This powerful opener, with horns, ostinato strings and cinematic percussion, is heavy with gravitas to introduce your news, politics or other serious content. It will be available in :30, :15 and six-second bumper/stinger versions. Here’s a sample of the :30 version

Both of these items are awaiting curation at Pond5, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they’re available to license, royalty-free. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed to find out when they’re live.

Featured Stock Music Item of the Week

In keeping with my featuring items from my Christmas music collection during the holiday season, this week my featured stock music item is “Holiday Joy”. It’s a sweet, poppy little track that’s great as a musical background for family or company Christmas party videos. It’s available in full and shorter edited versions.

That’s all I have for this week. Thanks for stopping by, and please check back here and on Twitter to keep track of future developments.


My Dayton Triangles Project

I grew up within walking distance of American professional sports history, but didn’t know about it until much later. North of downtown Dayton, Ohio on an October afternoon in 1920, the first game between members of what would become the National Football League was played. That day, the Columbus Panhandles visited the home-standing Dayton Triangles at Triangle Park. The Triangles won the game 14-0. There was another game played that day in Illinois, but in the Central time zone, so the Triangles-Pan Handles game was almost certainly the first to kick off.

The more I looked into it, the more I wondered who these people were, how they got to this point and what their legacy was. I found a great resource online,, created and maintained by Steve Presar. There’s also information about the Triangles at the Professional Football Researchers Association web site.

As I went through all of these threads, I decided I wanted to try and weave them together into book form. After all, there’s a book about the Columbus Panhandles; why not one about the Triangles?

So, over the past few months I’ve been going through the archives of the Dayton Daily News and other sources, doing a deep dive on the history and background of the team and some of the key people involved. I’m interested in not just facts and figures, but some of the stories behind them. For example, a century ago:

  • There was no Internet, no television and radio was in its infancy. Newspapers were the media, social or otherwise.
  • “Cable news” meant telegraph cable.
  • In the papers, racist language was used as a matter of routine.
  • “Dope” meant information, and “crack” meant a person or team was very skillful.
  • Affordable mass air transportation was still years away: teams travelled by train.

As for the game itself:

  • When you threw a forward pass, several things could happen and almost all of them were bad.
  • There was no “end zone”.
  • There were no hash marks; when a play went out of bounds, the next play was run as close to the out of bounds line as possible.
  • Not only did the quarterback call all the plays, communication from the sideline was illegal.
  • There was precious little grass on the field. Games were played in the dirt; when it rained they were played in the mud.
  • There was no such thing as “concussion protocol”.
  • The college game was paramount; professionals were considered mercenaries, hacks or both.

Thus far, I’ve researched how the Triangles came to be, including their prehistory, the pre-NFL years, including the war years or 1917-18, and the early years of the league. My sense is that that’s going to be the bulk of the story, because the latter years were pretty depressing. By about 1926 or so, the Triangles had become what used to be called “breathers”, teams the stronger teams beat up on to get an easy break in their schedule. As they played more games on the road, the local papers stopped covering them, and they had all but disappeared from the city’s consciousness be the time the team was finally sold in 1929.

This is just a whiff of what I’ve found out, and as I continue in this project, I anticipate I’ll be posting tidbits here from time to time. I might also blog a bit about the process I go through as I look to try and get this thing published, which I hope will be in time for the 100th anniversary of that first game, in 2020.


What’s Happening: Week of November 19, 2018

We’re now on the cusp of Christmas season in the U. S. For me, this means a renewed emphasis on my Christmas collection for the next few weeks. With that in mind, I’m featuring ‘Holiday Hustle Bustle’ this week. It’ll remind older folks in your life of childhood Christmas memories, complete with sleigh-bells and klip-klops. It’s available in full (just under 2 minutes) and looped versions – turns out the looped version appears to be a bit more popular this year.

Full Version

Looped Version

I hope you’ll consider ‘Holiday Hustle Bustle’ for your Christmas video or podcast this year. Staying on the holiday theme . . .

In The Pipeline, Christmas Edition

I’ve uploaded a new holiday-themed item to Pond5 and am awaiting curation. This is a medium-fast jazz quartet (piano, bass, drums and clarinet) arrangement of the traditional carol ‘O Tannenbaum’ (better known in the States as ‘O Christmas Tree’).

Stay tuned here and to my Twitter feed to find out if this gets approved or not.

And if You’re Interested in the History of American Football

I’m planning on posting an excerpt I’ve drafted this week for the book I’m working on about the Dayton Triangles, one of the founding members of the National Football League. Check out the ‘Writing’ menu to link to that content.

Until next week, may you enjoy Thanksgiving, and survive Black Friday.