How It All Started or Fine Times At Our House


 I received a call from Cyndi Ambrose at Blandford Nature Center, asking me if I had any taped music that could be used for the sound-track to their new video on Sugarbush: Maple Sugar Harvesting in West MI.  I said "no, but give me a couple of weeks."  When I completed it I realized that I had also fulfilled the long-time dream of creating my first C.D. 


    There are 9 instrumentals, some of which are originals, and one original song. Since the C.D. was for a sound-track, I couldn't be singing all over it.  The music is Appalachian styled, and this project gave me the opportunity to test all that I've learned about the recording equipment that I've been acquiring over the past few years.  I did all the instruments, arrangements, mixing, etc. here at my home, and the cover is a drawing I did of the Grand River, as seen from my kitchen.


    Blandford's video, which is really "how it all started" for me, is finished now, and for sale at the nature center.  Blandford Nature Center is a wonderful place to bring your family for nature walks, seasonal festivals, to learn about the animals in the Animal Hospital, etc.  They are located on the western edge of Grand Rapids off of west Leonard street, at 1715 Hillburn N.W. Their phone is 616-453-6192. Come and visit, you'll return.


    C.D. #1, How It All Started, is $15 which includes postage.  You can order it by e-mailing me,  by phone at 616-785-3208,

or by sending a check or money order to:

Hawks and Owls

PO Box 501

Comstock Park, MI. USA 49321  

We'll get one out to you in 2 days.


 Grand Rapids Press Review

Bruce Ling, How It All Started


     This Comstock Park multi-instrumentalist has started making his mark with his superb Appalachian-style fiddle, guitar, and mandolin playing in a band known as "Hawks and Owls."  A song he recently recorded in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, "A Double Rainbow Today," might even wind up on a Hilltop Records compilation.


    "How It All Started," however, is a soothing instrumental collection recorded as the soundtrack to the Blandford Nature Center's "Sugarbush" video.  (Ling plays all the instruments: guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola, and cello.)


    As such, the C.D.-available at Blandford as well as at Schuler's Books and Music-makes a perfect soundtrack to a sunny autumn day, whether it's the jazz-inflected original tune "Otter Stomp," or the celtic feel of "Ducks on the Pond."

***out of****  John Sinkevics G.R.Press