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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.

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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.

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Update: Week of December 31, 2018

The first update I want to share with you is that I’ve decided to drop “what’s happening” from the title of my weekly updates and simply call them what they are: updates. That’s the first of several changes I’ll talk about in this post.

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been saving stock music to drop all at once for the new year. This includes three new intros and the better part of an entire collection of music/loops for meditation and relaxation. I’ll begin submitting them to Pond5 either this evening or tomorrow.

I also plan to re-organize some of my podcast intro collections. My podcast intros and loops specifically for business will now be found exclusively in my “Corporate Podcast Intros” collection instead of my main collection of intros. Likewise, my rock intros will be only in the rock intro collection. The main collection will include things for news, politics, society and culture and novelties. I plan to complete that reorganization early in the new year as well.

Finally, I think I want to scale back or eliminate my presence on certain platforms. For example, it no longer makes any sense to me to even be present on Soundcloud. Soundcloud now appears to be a hip-hop dominated platform, and the music I do just doesn’t fit that. So I think I’ll be leaving Soundcloud early in the year. While I’ll continue to have a YouTube channel, I won’t be spending a lot of time and energy pushing it either.

Here’s the thing: I’ve come to the conclusion that these platforms are geared to people who want to become famous (and maybe rich in the process). What I want is to have my work heard and used by the people who could best benefit from it.

There’s more that I’m contemplating, but I’ll talk about it when I think the time if right.

Featured Stock Music Item

With the holidays all but over (time to pack up my little Christmas tree!) I’m resuming my regular schedule of featuring weekly stock music items. This week it’s Fun Upbeat Retro Intro (30 Second), a cheeky little number that’s perfect to introduce light content or for game show parodies.

It’s also available in :15, bumper and loopable versions, if that’s what you need.

It’s a new year, and I hope yours is fruitful.

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What’s Happening: Week of December 24, 2018

Tuesday in the U. S. A., we’ll celebrate Christmas. I want to wish everyone who does celebrate it a happy one. I also want to offer seasons’ greetings to those who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus (for the rest of us). Whatever and however you choose to celebrate, even if it’s only another Tuesday, may it be a joyful one for you.

This week I’m featuring the last of my seasonal-themed stock music items for the year. It’s Auld Lang Syne (Gospel Blues), a slightly different take on the traditional New Year’s Eve tune.

It’s also available in a loopable version.

I’m continuing to work on new stock music that I hope to make available through Pond5 early in the new year. I’ve put together another ‘ambient relaxation loop’ item and another ‘meditation drone’ item for my planned meditation and relaxation collection that I discussed last week. I’ve also put together a new intro, which I call ‘high energy intro’ – it has :30, :15, looped and bumper-stinger versions. Here’s a preview:

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m doing research for a book I hope to publish on the Dayton Triangles professional American football team on or before the 100th anniversary of the first National Football League game which they played in on October 3, 2020. This year (2018) is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 season in which the Triangles were the consensus Ohio League champions, although under dubious circumstances. I spent some time last week compiling notes from that season (as will as 1915-17), and it makes for quite a fascinating story. Therefore, I plan to publish another of my draft excerpts to document the highlights (and low spots) of that season, which I’m calling ‘The Year of the Asterisk’. I throw a link to the post on Twitter once it’s finished, and I hope you’ll check it out.

So, happy holiday! May your days be merry and bright, and may all your plans be nefarious.

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What’s Happening: Week of December 17, 2018

As I write, I have an item (“Smooth Romantic Groove”) in curation at Pond5 that’s been there for awhile, so I’m in no hurry to submit anything new there. However, I am working on music for a new stock music collection I plan to introduce at Pond5 around the beginning of 2019.

The new collection will consist of tracks and loops intended for meditation and relaxation. So far I have three pieces I call “Meditation Drones” that run in five or ten minute lengths. They’re generally a little less deep and scary than the items in my “Dronescapes” collection. I’ve also put together a couple of loops for relaxation or to play in the background behind relaxing scenes. Here’s an excerpt from one, which I call “Ambient Relaxation Loop 1”.

In addition to those items, I plan to include my three existing “Ambient Mindfulness” loops.

 Meanwhile, Christmas rolls on . . . 

In keeping with featuring items from my Christmas/holiday collection, this week’s featured stock music item is Deck The Halls (Brass Arrangement, 60 Second Version).

This is the last Christmas item I’ll be featuring this year. Next week’s featured item will be my quirky take on the classic New Year’s theme.

That’s that for me this week. Thanks for stopping by.

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What’s Happening: Week of December 10, 2018

I hope everyone is getting into the Christmas mood.I’m continuing to feature Christmas-themed music on my Twitter page during the season. This week, my featured item is Festive Christmas (:15 Edit). It’s kind of a fanfare-ish thing with lots of bells and such. I also sold a license for it last week at Pond5. (Thank you, buyer!)

It’s also available in sixty second, thirty second, logo/bumper and looped versions. If you want to create an air of holiday magic, this may be just the thing! I hope you’ll consider it for your project.

In case you missed it, I added some new items to my portfolio this week, all at Pond5. If you miss any of my new stuff, you can always check out my latest Pond5 items by linking to my New Music Tracks Collection there.

Speaking of Pond5, they have a new collection of Christmas-themed royalty-free music tracks just in time for the Christmas season, called Holiday Hits. I’m honored that they included my track ‘Holiday Hustle Bustle’ in the collection. I hope you’ll check it out if you’re looking for music for your holiday video.

Finally, looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, I have a new item in the pipeline. It’s called ‘Smooth Romantic Groove’, and features a smooth jazz, R-n’-B vibe. When it’s available, I’ll be posting it on my Twitter feed, so stay tuned.

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What’s Happening: Week of December 3, 2018

This week, I can talk about the old, the new, and the really new.

First, the new

I’ve just received word that my latest item is approved and online at Pond5. It’s called ‘Positive Atmosphere’ and it features a breezy, even ambient guitar vibe. It’s available in multiple versions, all of which you can hear and link to license on the Positive Atmosphere item page. Check out the 60-second version here.

Next, the really new

My latest item is so new, I can’t even access the upload to put in meta tags yet. I call this ‘Gentle Uplifting Corporate’. It’s soft background music for business positive videos and presentations, and it will be available in full and bumper versions. Here’s a 30-second snippet for you.

Stay tuned here and on my Twitter feed to find out when (and if) it’s available to license.

The old: Weekly Featured Item

Finally, in continuing with featuring Christmas-themed items, this week’s featured item is Swinging Christmas Intro (Full). Although I originally put this together with podcasting in mind, you could use it for other media uses too (hear that, Saturday Night Live?) It’s also available in short and logo-bumper versions.

That, as they say, is that musically this week. I’m also working on my football writing project and you can link to my notes and excepts on that from the site menu. May you have a wonderful week.

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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.

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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. 

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What’s Happening: Week of November 12, 2018

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.