"At the sign of the Prancing Pony" was written June 22nd, 1980
on a writing trip in New Berlin, New York (Richard's cabin)
From The 'Rings Project CD :
Recorded May 20th, 2001 at Smokey Mirror Studios in Milltown, New Jersey.
Alan Horvath: Vocal | 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar
Overdubs by Horvath: Backup Vocals, Whistling, Digital Congas (BOSS DR-770)
Track 3 from the Lord of the Rings CD ... I always picture Merry and Pippin, trotting down the old East Road together, whistling and singing this song. The innocence they portray is refreshing, and I feel it fully in this song. It's all about Merry and Pippin ... The Prancing Pony Inn at Bree ... and a Hobbit's ability to frolic in the midst of danger.
The music for this song was something I had been working on for 6 years ... never could put words to it until this project came up. PS - I love to whistle ... only, it's a very difficult thing to do, live and on stage!
This song was penned along with a half-dozen others ... in a two-week period ... upstate New York ... in a very small cabin ... with my Hummingbird guitar.
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