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  • Ron Lindeboom

    July 27, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, Bob, it’s always nice to see Strawbs surface, however awkward in its surfacing. :o)

    This album will always be special to me because it was a big album in my life when my first-born was doing his own bit of surfacing in the world. It became even more special when Kathlyn and I got to work with Strawbs on a couple of albums back in 2004 and 2005.

    Thank you for a walk down memory lane. I have always adored the “Hero & Heroine” album. John Hawken, their keyboardist, told me the story of the real French black swan-quilled hammer harpsichord used in the song. It had been hand made and the man who had made it was incensed when he learned that the record company had rented it for use in a rock song. He showed up outrage at the studio and wanted it back immediately. It was then that John started playing some Mozart pieces and the instrument’s creator started to calm down. When John showed him what he intended to play on “Hero and Heroine,” the man finally acquiesced to having his genuine 17th Century-modeled black swan quilled hammered harpsichord used by a rock band.

    As a keyboard player, Bob, I know you’ll appreciate the story.

    Best regards,

    Ronald Lindeboom
    CEO, Creative COW LLC

    Creativity is a process wherein the student and the teacher are located in the same individual.

  • Ron Lindeboom

    July 27, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Mark is simply cooler than just about anyone else in the COW.

    When I first heard him play “Something,” I was blown away by how good he is. I am sure that it is his version that is keeping George Harrison from spinning in his grave from the many who try to play it but are wholly unworthy.

    So, Mark, thank you for keeping things peaceful in George’s final resting place. I am sure he appreciates it.

    Best regards,

    Ronald Lindeboom
    CEO, Creative COW LLC

    Creativity is a process wherein the student and the teacher are located in the same individual.

  • Shane Ross

    July 27, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thankfully work hasn’t stopped for me. We had enough “in the can,” and multiple series, to keep a bulk of the editors going. We did have to cut back the workforce at the company for a bit in order to do that, which does sadden me. I’m lucky to be one of the ones who was kept on. SO yes, that did extend our edit times on shows, but kept people working. And working REMOTELY…since March 20.

    Production did start on one series, as they shoot in a country with very low numbers, and cast members did quarantine for 3 weeks to enable this….and precautions are still being taken. But we are back up and at least running on a couple shows. I’m glad I have a home office that allows me to log into my work station, and a good software option on the Mac (Spashtop Business) to enable us to edit remotely with very little latency.

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  • Mark Suszko

    July 28, 2020 at 1:17 am

    That’s high praise, thanks Ron. I have to admit, while I think I can sing a little, I’m the worst player by far in my club AND my bands, I can’t pick yet for beans – but my secret is, I surround myself with the ukulele equivalent of The Wrecking Crew, and THEY make me sound better.

    The lead on our cover of “Something, is my Friend and bandmate Roger; I’m playing rhythm, there’s a U-bass and 2-3 other soprano ukes also strumming rhythm and singing background harmonies. That was recorded on just an iPhone on my music stand – I had a good feeling about the song after one warm-up take, and I caught lightning in a bottle. The others at the party had no idea until after I played it back.

  • Bob Zelin

    July 28, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Splashtop is a great remote access system. Certainly cheaper than RGS or Teradici (and yes, I know it’s not as robust). It’s nice when you can select multiple computers in the facility.

    but of course, it’s the same old problem – getting NEW MEDIA loaded into the companies servers. Someone has to show up at the company to do that, so you can work, with something like Splashtop.


    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.

  • Bob Zelin

    July 28, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    OK – I just watched Mark doing Boogie Nights by Heatwave
    here is my political statement for today on Creative Cow – I am sure that none of this will surprise you.

    I don’t care if you are black, white, latin, asian, indian, or arabic – I hate you.
    BUT – if you are an editor or graphics person, or audio person – you are ok.

    AND if you are a MUSICIAN – well, I don’t care if you are from Mars – you are OK in my book, and I will hang out with you and drink with you (and give you all my money). Musicians lives matter !


    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.

  • Mark Suszko

    July 28, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I’ll buy your drinks Bob; you can pay me back with BTS stories:-)

  • Tim Wilson

    July 28, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    [Bob Zelin] “I just watched Mark doing Boogie Nights by Heatwave”

    You and Mark call it Boogie Nights? I call it Suszko Inferno!

    [Bob Zelin] “AND if you are a MUSICIAN – well, I don’t care if you are from Mars – you are OK in my book”

    No kidding, there is coming to the COW a handful non-production oriented forums, and one talking about our lives as people who play (around with) music is definitely on the list.

  • Daniel Annefelt

    July 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Freelance working for Viacom CBC from home since early March
    On the countryside since late June.
    Work never stopped. Guess I’m lucky.
    Also – Sweden has a bitchin’ back bone so where ever I go I can suck down material and upload with fibre at no time. But still work local.
    Really enjoy not working in an open office space.
    Find myself much more productive.


  • Mark Suszko

    October 15, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Here’s my Bruce Impression; something I threw together quickly yesterday on vacation…

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