Point Being

Crisis of Faith

Have you been reading some of the news items I’ve been seeing? Politics in the United States have deteriorated to the point where a large and growing proportion of partisans actually hate people who don’t share their views.

A large part (though not all) of the population in the United States, and the West more generally, is gripped in a crisis of faith. Not so much faith in God, Buddha or Krishna, although religion isn’t what it used to be. Nor faith in the state, although that’s waning too. If anything, we probably put too much faith in it.

Nope. We’ve lost faith in each other.

It’s no wonder. When news outlets and social media posters tell you, over and over, that some “others” are out to get you, it’s easy to feel paranoid.

Easy to be cold. Easy to say no.

In that kind of world, everything you don’t like is “fake.” There’s no such thing as “win-win.” If I gain, you must lose, and vice-versa.

You wind up with silly arguments, like the one where conservatives say that no “socialist” system has ever worked, and progressives say that of course they have. But take a look at North Korea. Recent reports suggest that lurking just under the surface of the communist DPRK is a vibrant, capitalist black market that makes up two-thirds or more of the actual economy. Workers cut deals with their bosses to skip work in exchange for a piece of what they make outside the “official” workplace. That requires a degree of mutual empathy and trust that I bet is missing in a lot of American job sites today.

It’s not the system that matters. Some systems make things easier than others, but if we have faith in each other, we either make whatever system work or we work around it.

In short, we are the system, the ones failing ourselves, and each other.

When the Great Tao is forgotten, doctrines of justice and mercy prevail.

When wit and cleverness prevail, hypocrites rule.

When kinship falls into discord, piety and rites of devotion arise.

When the nation is in crisis, all the patriotic ministers appear.

Sam Hamill, translator. Tao Te Ching, Chapter 18. Shambhala Publications, Inc. 2005

Update: Week of February 25, 2019

Once again this week, I’ll make it a brief update.

I uploaded a new item to the pipeline. I call it “Happy Sweet Moment,” and there are three versions: a :60, :30 and :15. No bumper for this one. Here’s a quick preview of the :30 edit.

I haven’t made a final decision yet on the Extasis project. I’d like to hear it out of several different sound sources. The speakers on my laptop are less than optimal and a couple of tracks have some distortion in one of the electric piano patches. I’d like to find out if it’s just these speakers or if I need to do something about the patch.

My featured stock music item this week is Positive Atmosphere (Full). It’s got a mellow vibe with electric guitars, bass and drums, plus a fair amount of reverb. It’s also available in :60, :30, :15 and bumper versions. Please check it out.

I’m now working on the “beta” draft of my Dayton Triangles book project. The first chapter went excruciatingly slowly because I’m setting up several threads that will eventually come together. Each of those threads has what seems like a bajillion sources attached to it, and I want to document as thoroughly as possible. So, it’s taking a while.

That, in a nutshell is what’s on my plate this week. I hope yours is a good one.


Update: Week of February 18, 2019

After several weeks of inactivity on the stock music front, I have a new item that I’m preparing to submit. It’s very simple and upbeat in :60, :30, :15 and maybe a bumper version. I haven’t yet decided on a title.

My featured stock music item this week is Urban Podcast Intro 5 (30 Second).

This one’s also available in a :15 and a bumper/stinger version. I hope one of them works out for you.

Stay tuned for an update (maybe this week) on my Extasis project.

I’m continuing research on several individuals associated with my Dayton Triangles book project. In truth, the project has sort of morphed into “Dayton’s contribution to early pro football.”

Again, I apologize for the relative brevity of this update, but I just turned 60 and think I need a nap. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Cheers.


Update: Week of February 11, 2019

I don’t have anything new to report on the stock music front. My latest featured item is Cinematic Podcast Intro 2 (30 Second).

It’s also available in :15 and :06 bumper edits. Please check them out.

I’ve spent a lot of time working on sequencing and tweaking tracks for my long-dormant Extasis project. I may pull the trigger on releasing it as a birthday present to myself (I’m turning 60 on Saturday).

While I was working on the music, I was taking a breather from the book project. I needed it, as some of my recent research focused on Carl Storck. Storck was the Dayton Triangles player/coach/manager/owner and continued to serve as an executive in the NFL after the team was sold. Things turned out badly for Storck, and I’m afraid I got too emotionally involved. I had to step back and have been organizing documents, which I’ll probably continue to do into this week.

I have not forgotten about the article idea I mentioned last week. I hope to work on that this week as well.

Sorry it’s a brief update this week, but there it is. Happy 59th birthday to my pal Jake Sommers tomorrow. Everyone take care.


Update: Week of February 4, 2019

Punxsutawney Phil delivers! Here’s to an early spring! On we go to the Year of the Pig.

As with last week, I have no new stock music in development. I did write a new piece of music. That made me think of resurrecting the old Extasis album project that’s been in mothballs for some time. I spent some time going through some old candidate tracks. Who knows? I may yet decide to go ahead with it.

Featured Stock Music of the Week

My featured stock music item this week is Corporate Podcast Intro 11 (30 Second). It’s yet another bright and upbeat opener for business positive content, whether your target audience is consumers of businesses.

It’s also available in a :15, loop version, or your choice of two six-second bumpers (an original and alternate version). I hope you find one of them useful.

Book Project Update

I’ve completed my first round of research on the final, dreary years of the Dayton Triangles football team. I spent some time following up the post-Triangles time of player/coach/manager/owner Carl Storck, especially his brief, stormy tenure as the National Football League’s third (and final) president. I’ll finish that early this week, and then I think I’ll have the basic timeline of the story researched.

There’s one aspect of Storck’s NFL presidency I find very interesting, and I may publish a post on it this week.

The event was Bill Halloran’s controversial “no good” call on a field goal attempt that would have put the Washington Redskins into a tiebreaker game for the Eastern Division championship in 1939. Washington fans claimed that film taken of the kick showed it was actually good. It was, arguably, the birth of replay. I want to go back through the newspaper archives to get more detail before writing.

I hope you’ll look for that, and I thank you for stopping by. May your February – and Year of the Pig – be a happy and healthy one.