Update: Week of January 28, 2019

With the release of several stock music items this past week, I have nothing new in the music pipeline for the first time in a while. But I never know when I’ll be awakened at an ungodly hour by a musical idea that insists on making itself known to the world.

My featured stock music item this week is Happy Go Lucky (Full Version). It’s a bouncy fun little tune for kids, family or other light-hearted content.

It’s also available in :60, :30, :15 and bumper edits. I hope you’ll check them all out.

Meanwhile, back in the 20th century . . .

I’m continuing my research on the Dayton Triangles book project and spent some time this week focusing my attention on a couple of unsung heroes of the club and the city of Dayton.

The first of these was Harry Solimano. Solimano made his mark as the first notable basketball star of the Saint Mary’s Institute (later University of Dayton) varsity squad in the 1905-07 period. After graduating, he worked on establishing a law career in Dayton.

A champion of youth

Father William O’Maley, then varsity basketball coach and an administrator at the Institute, decided in 1908 to create a basketball team from some of the in-town students who were having trouble fitting in. Solimano volunteered to coach them. That team was the Saint Mary’s Cadets, which eventually became one of the elite basketball clubs in the world at the time.

Solimano stepped up again after Father O’Maley received a transfer to Montana. The boys, who by 1909 were also playing football, likely feared losing support from the Institute administration and wanted to form their own independent athletic club. Solimano wrote the constitution and by-laws and acted as chairman of the meeting at which the Saint Mary’s Cadet Athletic Association formed and elected its first officers on September 15, 1910.

Harry Solimano also fought for troubled boys in the region. As an unpaid clerk for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, he took it on himself to help rehabilitate youngsters who had gotten in trouble with the law. In at least one documented case, Solimano convinced the judge to let him act as probation officer for a boy rather than sending the boy to a juvenile detention facility. He gave food, clothing and even shelter to boys, mad sure they went to school and helped them turn their lives around. Solimano supported local youth and sports throughout his long life, which lasted to the age of 83.

The Triangles’ biggest booster

Another unsung hero who emerged in my research was Forrest Burleigh (F. B.) MacNab. He was a patent attorney by training who came to the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco) in 1910. MacNab was employee number 14 at the Delco, and as the company grew he became a champion for employee welfare.

MacNab worked hard for the creation of Triangle Park as a resource for employees and the entire city. As chairman of the executive committee that oversaw the Park in its early years, he was also a big booster of the Triangles, and supported the team despite the fact that it lost thousands of dollars each season. The Park association dropped its support of the team around the time of MacNab’s untimely death in 1922, and Carl Storck became owner in the final, sad years of its existence in Dayton.

Talk about an unsung hero: I wouldn’t have run across MacNab at all if I hadn’t found a newspaper article reporting on the 25th anniversary reunion of the original Triangles. They acknowledged his role in their history, but very little else I found in the press of the day talked about him. MacNab seems to have been a man with little or not ego, a behind-the-scenes saint.

This week I’ll be planning my next phase of research, and maybe a melody will kidnap me and hold me for ransom until I put it out in the wild. Take care.


Update: Week of January 21, 2019

It’s cold here in Ohio, but I’m hoping things will heat up on the music front.

Pond5’s curation has slowed down somewhat, so the item I described last week that I thought I might save is now in the pipeline. It’s called ‘Happy Upbeat Fun Time’ and it’s very kid and family friendly. It’s also a great choice as a music background for spring sales events. Here’s a quick sample.

This one is available in the full (almost two minute) version, plus, :60, :30 and :15 edits and a six-second bumper for quick YouTube ads. Stay tuned to my Twitter feed, since I always put the word out there first when items are available.

Featured Stock Music Item

This week’s featured stock music item is Cinematic Podcast Intro 1 (30 Second). Featuring an epic orchestral sound and big cinematic drums, this is a great opener for news, current events or political podcast (or broadcast) content. It’s also available in :15 and stinger edits. I hope you’ll check it out.

Finally, my Dayton Triangles book project is progressing, I’ve started research on the 1923-29 period and hope to have that wrapped up in the coming week. Then I want to circle back and try to fill in details on some of the people I’ve come across.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this update. I hope I’ve made it interesting enough for you to come back for more.


Update: Week of January 14, 2019

It’s a winter wonderland in southwest Ohio as I write today. This week finds me preparing to roll out a new batch of stock music items. Right now, I have two more rock intros, a couple of cues with an ambient soundtrack feeling, and one with a very martial (or “government shutdown”) vibe. Here’s a 60-second sampler:

In addition I’m working on a more happy, bouncy, kid-family friendly piece. If I finish it before I upload the batch (Monday or Tuesday) I’ll include it; otherwise it will go with the February releases.

Featured Stock Music Item

This week, my featured stock music item is News Current Events Intro (Stinger). This is an attention-grabbing musical phrase for short, hard news intros or idents.

It’s also available in :30, :15 and loop versions at Pond5. I hope you’ll check it out.

Dayton Triangles Project Update

I’m now ready to start on the second phase of research for my Dayton Triangles book project. This phase will cover the period from 1923-29, when the team was in decline, plus looking at other sources to try to fill some of the gaps in the early history of the team and its predecessor, the Saint Mary’s Cadets.

That’s all I have for this week. Thank you for reading and please stop by again.


Update: Week of January 7, 2019

I’m continuing to work on the pipeline this week, with two new podcast intro items plus variations ready to go. Rather than just submitting everything as soon as it’s ready, I think I’m going to try submitting them at two to four week intervals. Maybe monthly. That way I can promote the new stuff for each month while preparing for next month. We’ll see.

I’ve also started developing a series of repetitive cues you can loop in the background of your podcasts or documentary videos. I hope to make them interesting enough to set a dramatic mood without being so interesting they interfere with the action in your media.

Meanwhile, I’m planning to make some changes for the new year. First, I’m not going to attempt anything new with AudioJungle. I’ve never been able to crack the code as to what their curators like. I’ll leave anything that’s sold up there, but whatever has not sold will be coming over to Pond5. Second, I think I’m going to declare my DistroKid experiment a failure and abandon it sometime early this year. DistroKid is great if you’re a Robert Pollard wannabe and like to put something out whenever your muse demands. Plunk down your $20 a year and fire away. But if you’re not doing more than one or two albums a year, you’re at a disadvantage. Why? In order to build traction with an audience, they have to be able to discover you. Spotify gives artists the chance to be discovered, but you have to schedule your releases in advance. To do that with DistroKid costs an additional $20 a year. And if you want YouTube monetization, that’s extra too. Bottom line: you pay almost as much as you would for a full CD Baby release.

So, at some point, I’ll be collecting the whole $1.86 I’m owed by DK and closing up shop there. I may yet release something this year, but It’ll be through CDBaby.

Featured Stock Music Item of the Week

This week’s featured stock music item is Heroic Intro 2 (30 Second). It’s big.

It’s also available in a :15 and a stinger version, in case those suit your needs better.

Dayton Triangles Book Project

I’m assembling the last of my pre-1923 notes for the ongoing Dayton Triangles book project. I hope to start later this week doing research on the final seven years of team history and also trying to fill some gaps before 1923. For the post-1923 research I’ll need to look at sources in other cities, because the press apparently stopped covering the Triangles in the final years when they lost heavily and didn’t play home games.

May your week be a melodious one.