Huge opener for politics, sports or other topical content. Key of C. Tempo medium 90 bpm. Available in :30, :15 and bumper-stinger edits.
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.
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.
Alternate Six-Second Bumper
A bouncy, swinging arrangement of the Christmas classic. Key is F Major. Tempo is fast (132 bpm).
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.
I woke up early this morning, and was scanning news stories when I came across this:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve just now taken my new site live. I hope you’ll have a look around. This is all part of an effort on my part to sort of streamline my online presence. It didn’t make sense to me to have an “official” site here, a “blog” there, and so on. I’ll continue to update the Blogger site to point here each time I do a weekly update, until the end of this year. After that, I’ll put that old blog in “archive” mode. In the meantime, if you’re interested in updates from me, come to this site. All my updates will be available from ‘Updates’ on the menu. Everything else will point here, too.
Featured Stock Music Item
My featured stock music item this week is ‘Somber Moment’. It’s sort of a slow music loop with strings, marimba and piano. The title is pretty self-descriptive.
If you’d like to license this loop royalty-free, please go here.
My Writing Project: The Dayton Triangles
The other thing I’m doing now is expanding my horizons. I still do music, although it’s sort of on hold for the moment. However, I’m also working on research for a book about the Dayton Triangles. The Triangles were a professional American football team in the early twentieth century. They were one of the founding members of the National Football League. I grew up within walking distance of the park where the Triangles played their home games. There are very good resources available about the Triangles, most notably this site run by Steve Presar.
As I looked through these things, though, I found myself wanting to do a deeper dive into the story. Who were the people involved? How did the economic and social structures of the day come into play? What about the media and the role they played? I’m finding that some of the issues the sport grapples with today were there from the beginning. There are also some interesting personal stories of members of the team.
I’ve done a lot of research through the Dayton Daily News archive available online through ProQuest and am preparing to work on the later years of the team. As I go through the process, I’ll try to blog some of what I’m going through and finding. If you’re interested, you can find those posts under the category of ‘Writing’. My goal is to have a book published in time for the 100th anniversary of the first NFL game at Triangle Park on October 3, 2020.
And with that, I’m finished for this week. Thank you for stopping by and for any other way you choose to support my endeavors.
Snow Globe is a winter holiday single that recalls the sense of wonder I felt as a child when the air turned cold, the snow flew, and children of all ages filled their hearts with the warmth of holiday cheer. This is a digital-only release available to download or stream at most online outlets. I hope you’ll add it to your holiday playlist.
Snow Globe is also available to license for your holiday videos.