David Carr


Red-backed, Scaly, Black-bellied, Tusked, Bat-winged Dragon
Drinking Song
Love Song

In February, 1984, my good friend, English ex-patriot David Carr, arranged and played the "English Music Hall" style piano for "The Red-backed, Scaly, Black-bellied, Tusked, Bat-winged, Dragon," "Owen's Drinking Song," and "The Love Song from Long-Grin."  Another English ex-patriot friend, Philip St. John Moores engineered the recording session amd his father, opera and symphony conducter Michael Moores, dropped in to see how his son was getting along and when I heard his accent, I immediately drafted him to sing along with the rest of us.  In all, the vocalists, shouters and screamers were David Carr, Michael Moores, Lonnie Snyder, Julie Long, Mary Moyers and myself.  My youngest brother, Adam Pike, rescued an old demo cassette of that session so I could put it online for you. It's a bit hissy, but music to my ears.

In the most recent revision of LONG-GRIN, PART 1: THE COURTSHIP OF PRINCESS GWEN, "Owen's Drinking Song" made the cut, but "The Red-backed, Scaly, Black-bellied, Tusked, Bat-winged, Dragon" and "The Love Song from Long-Grin" did not, but all three are presented here for your listening enjoyment.

Travis Edward Pike
Otherworld Cottage, April 2002

Michael Moores and Philip Moores
Mary Moyers and Julie Long
Michael Moores, David Carr, and Lonnie Snyder
Michael Moores and David Carr