Sunday, November 4, 2018

What's Happening: Week of November 5, 2018

In the next few weeks I'll be changing over to my new web site. Music will be one section of the site. I'm also going to be talking more there about other things I'm working on. The site is in WordPress and before I switch over I'll be adding plugins to let me integrate Google Analytics and some other stuff. I also want to set up a page outlining privacy policies for the benefit of folks visiting from the EU. When the switchover is complete I'll continue to post links here to updates there until at least the end of the year.

While I'm working on different projects I also need to crank out some more music. Why? Pond5 shared an email update linking to an article by one of their more successful musical artists. I clicked and read. The artist gave some helpful tips to help grow business, many of which I'm already doing. Just out of curiosity, I clicked through to check out his portfolio. It turns out that it's eight or nine times the size of mine! If the quality were comparable, a portfolio that size should be making a pretty good chunk of change. Can it really just be a matter of numbers? I guess I need to get moving.

Meanwhile, my featured stock music item this week is Lifestyle Podcast Intro 3 (30 Second). It's a simple, mellow opener for society/culture, lifestyle and similar content. It's also available in 15-second and bumper versions.


And with that, I'm finished for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

What's Happening: Week of October 29, 2018

First, I'd like to use a few words express my sadness and sympathy for the innocent victims and their families in Pittsburgh. May you find comfort in this terrible hour of loss. שלום.

My work on the beta web site continues. I realize now that in order to achieve my goal of having all of my music on the site, I'm going to need a lot of time -- weeks or months working at it as time permits. Therefore, I'm thinking about making it my 'official' web site while I work on it. If I do that, I'll begin doing my weekly blog posts over there, but I'll leave short posts here directing readers there for a month or two before making this the 'archive' blog. I expect to make a decision on this within the week, and will let you know here when I do.

My featured stock music item this week is Realize The Dream, a high-energy motivational track. I hope you'll check it out.


Finally, here's something I want to throw out in case anyone's interested. CD Baby is kinda scared because Spotify is planning to allow artists to submit directly to them. They recently sent out a survey, and for completing it I got a code for a free single. I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I could use it to put out a short ambient track I have ready to go, or I could use it on a protest song I've written. This is not a typical leftist or rightist song, but sort of something for everybody who is NOT a "super true believer." Another decision I need to make soon.

And with that I thank you for stopping by to read. I hope your week is happy and productive.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

What's Happening: Week of October 22, 2018

I'm working on some new stock music... my current project is called "Happy Go Lucky." The title pretty much says it all: it's 90 beats per minute with a double-time feel in E Major. Here's a short preview:

I have the full version (about 2:15) and a 60-second edit put together. I also plan to offer :30, :15 and bumper edits, and I'll be working on those over the next hours or days, depending on my mood. I haven't decided yet whether to offer it to AudioJungle first or go straight to Pond5.

As I mentioned earlier, I have put up a beta for my main web site. If you'd like a sneak peek, go here. Feel free to kick the tires. I've already begun putting up content, starting with my latest stock music. I'm using tags based on those that are most popular at Pond5, plus a few I've added myself. The site seems a bit slow in terms of loading images, so I may need to resort to caching, or try out a more generic WordPrsss theme. We'll see.

My featured stock music item this week is Corporate Podcast Intro 10 (30 Second). This a traditional-sounding business positive opening theme of the kind you might expect to hear used on Saturday or Sunday morning business/investment programs. It has a bit of an 'industrial' vibe. Here's a preview:

It's also available in :15, bumper and loop versions. I hope you'll check it out.

So, I have my work cut out for me. I hope you have a happy and productive week.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Beta Web Site

Just a quick note to advise that, as planned, I have a created a beta web site that I expect will eventually replace my current one-pager.

If you'd like to check it out, follow this link. Comments and suggestions appreciated.