Not only is Dave a dinosaur expert, but he also teaches a physics of acoustic instruments class and builds his own from stuff like cigar boxes, which he uses to play songs for all of his classes. Even after I graduated I always remembered this one song Dave sings to every one of his dinosaur classes, and I knew I had to get him to perform it for the show. It's a folk song by an artist named Mark Graham called "Their Brains Were Small"; you can read lyrics here.
Today, DP Glen Jennings, sound recordist Michael Capulli and I went down to Columbia to meet Dave. We were lucky enough to be able to use the Columbia College Sci Viz Lab and with some help from the amazing David Morton, who helped us set up the lights and green screen, things ended up going perfectly. We interviewed Dave about dinosaurs and he played that song on a ukelele he built himself! Here's a little sneak peek at that performance, which I filmed with my flip video cam:
A few grants are due next week, so it is going to be pretty busy around here. Expect more soon!