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Richard O'Connor
Record Producer of American Zen

I, Richard Connor, produced this record on a Tascam 4-track tape recorder. Coyote'd moved to Utah, got ripped off and stranded. This inspired him to write a host of songs and book of poetry. We decided not to wait for Coyote to return to L.A. to record in a nice studio. Instead we decided to do our best with what we could afford.

Record Producer Dicky DareWe had just finished mixing the soundtrack for the rock opera: "Coyote In A Graveyard." There are pirate battles on a Spanish galleon. Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy arranged for us to use a Spielberg set on weekends, when they weren't using it, at the Universal Studios lot. We later found out the movie was called, "Hook."

Cassingle for ROCK OPERA, Coyote In A GraveyardWe begin promoting our Music Movie with the release to college radio of the CASSINGLE: "It's Your Shadow." This was a good recording and the 'B-Side' had INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS of the two songs on 'Side-A' of the cassette cassingle. (Single release on cassette = "cassingle")

It turned out to be the 'B-Side' song that took off with requests whenever it was played: "Coyote In A Graveyard." It's a sad song from the original rock opera storyline where Elaine dies in Thumper's arms.

When New World Pictures optioned my screenplay, they requested a rewrite for the ending. So I rewrote the ending and now it 'begs' for a sequel.

Utah Phase 1 poetry book by The Hippy Coyote of American ZenThen, Coyote ran off to Utah with a blonde girl.

That's where this story / album / CD starts:
right when Coyote left L.A. during our movie project. He was there less than three weeks before he wrote the first two songs of the album. The rest followed over a 6-month period.

The other bandmembers visited Salt Lake City a couple times and recorded their tracks. We only had a 4-track recorder so each player got ONE TRACK.

Track 1:     Drums + Acoustic Guitar
Track 2:     Bass + bassist backing vocal
Track 3:     Electric Guitar/Slide/Ukulele/Synth
Track 4:     COYOTE: Lead Vocal, Flute, Acoustic#2or1...

That's it. Great songs recorded simply. I'm proud of their performances.

Richard  Del Connor
Producer, Shaolin Records
(for American Zen)

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