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Making the Video for “Lights from Distant Stars”

The release of my next single, “Lights from Distant Stars,” is now less than three weeks away. For this single, I’m honored and excited to be releasing a video featuring the work of amateur British astrophotographer Mark Casto (a. k. a. Astrocasto). Today, I uploaded a video to YouTube that gets a little into the process I used to produce the video. I’m really stocked to share the final results with you on November 20, 2020.

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Update: October 10, 2019

Last week, I wrapped up production on the passion project that has consumed my attention for the better part of a year: the podcast “Triangles: The Life and Times of an NFL Original Team.” The next to last episode in the series dropped this morning, and the series finale will release next Thursday. Please check it out at https://daytontrianglespodcast.com.

From my perspective, this is good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m very proud of myself for having seen this through to the end. The bad news is that almost nobody listened.

Part of the problem is obviously discovery. Apple Podcasts in particular seems to have dissed me big time. “Triangles” doesn’t even appear when you search for “Dayton Triangles,” nor does it show up when you search for “NFL original team.” By contrast, a search for “Dayton Triangles” on Spotify shows both the podcast and individual episodes.

Beyond that, there just wasn’t very much interest in a podcast documenting the history of one of the first NFL teams. If you Google “dayton triangles podcast” the podcast site shows up right there on the first page. The interest simply was not there.

So, that happened.

Back To Music

Having finished producing the podcast, it’s time for me to pivot back to music. Unfortunately, I have some issues there as well. I started working on some new material, only to find that the Windows 10 Build 1903 update broke the software driver for my Korg Microkey USB keyboard.

Now, this would not normally be a showstopper. I did a search and found where Korg had indeed updated the driver. I downloaded and installed the updated driver, and . . . nothing. I did some more searching and found a YouTube tutorial describing how the Korg driver had a bug that resulted in it not properly writing to the Windows Registry. The tutorial gave steps to write the entries you needed to the registry, which I did. And some of my other stuff broke. So I had to undo what I did so my USB mic would work.

Here’s the thing. Once upon a time, I was quite the IT tinkerer. That was back in the days when Windows installations were much more risky propositions than they are in 2019. But I’m not an IT guy anymore. I’m a musician (of sorts). When it says “plug and play” I want to plug, and play. I shouldn’t have to mess around compensating for someone else’s coding failure.

I am therefore in the market for a new (non-KORG) MIDI keyboard controller. I’ll let you know what I choose in a future update.

Changes coming

In the meantime, I’m prepping a new EP from material I’ve already done. This will be a little different from my other, instrumental music. I’ll be putting on my singer-songwriter hat for this one. There will be five tracks, and I’ll have more details in another post soon.

I also plan to tinker with this site over the next few weeks, so please pardon the dust.

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Update: June 5, 2019

This past Memorial Day, an EF4 tornado rolled through the neighborhood where I’ve been living north of Dayton, Ohio. The house where I was staying was badly damaged and will probably be condemned. Fortunately, no one was home at the time. I’m now living in Cincinnati and hope to stay here for as long as possible. After a delay of several days, I now have access to a spare room where I can continue to work on the Dayton Triangles podcast and other projects.

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Happy Simple Intro

This is upbeat, uplifting opening music for wholesome, family-friendly podcasts, ads and other media. Key is G Major. Tempo is 172 bpm. Available in :30, :15, bumper and loopable edits.

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Welcome to the Site

Hi there! I’m glad you made it to this new version of my website. As I write this, the site itself is under construction. Please pardon the dust.

After the news came down that Google was going to shut down Google Plus, I did some serious thinking about my existing Google (Blogger) blog that was tied into that. I uncoupled my blog from Plus and found that blog views seemed to diminish. (They’ve since come back somewhat.) I decided anyway that it was time to do something more with this site, or else let the domain lapse altogether.

In creating this site, I hope to generate enough content to make the site interesting from an SEO perspective. To that end, I’ll be adding lots of pages for my items so you can search for stock music that fits your moods here, rather than going to the marketplaces. I plan to include lots of tags for musical moods, so if you want ‘happy’ music you can click on that tag and get access to all my ‘happy’ stuff, and so on.

Meanwhile, I’m also working on a non-fiction writing project that I hope to see published in the next two years. The project is a comprehensive history of the Dayton Triangles, a professional American football team that was a founding member of the National Football League. In my initial research, I found lots of information, but I wanted to tie the threads together into a single story that stretches all the way from the first kids playing sandlot ball before 1910 to the last direct Dayton connection to the league, Carl Storck, who stayed with the league after the franchise folded and became its last president in the late 1930s. Also, I want to write about more than just the game. I want to find out about the economics of it, the media and social situations in play at the time. Finally, I want to pay tribute not only to the players and coaches, but to the unsung heroes as well.

The first game between teams in the National Football League was played within walking distance of my childhood home, and I didn’t realize it for many years. Now I want to try to tell the story of that history, a sort of love letter to my hometown. I haven’t talked about it much up to now, but with this site I hope to be able to tell more of the story of that work in progress in addition to my music. I hope you’ll stay around for the ride.