Imagine a time capsule, sealed in 1974, full of exciting STORIES IN SONG and STORIES IN RHYME composed at the height of the American social and musical revolution of that time – not recordings, but music, lyrics and rhymes never before recorded and released. Then, imagine the “time capsule” is aging, with most of its treasures still inside, and unless these works are retrieved and recorded quickly, they may soon be lost forever.
Travis Edward Pike’s Odd Tales and Wonders is equal parts memoir of the turbulent decade from 1964-1974, and a collection of some of his most memorable original rhymes and songs from that period. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, this multi-talented Bostonian, singer-songwriter and storyteller, became a true Hollywood multi-hyphenate, adding screenwriter, producer, director and editor to his credentials. If his career was a screenplay, this book would be about its First Act and its publication would signal the beginning of its Third Act, when all the obstacles introduced in this First Act are overcome and the saga’s many subplots are resolved.But perhaps the oddest and most wonderful tale of all is the story, foreshadowed in the blurry front cover photograph from 1968.
"In the fuzzy book cover photo from 1968 (above, right), the little fellow on my knee is my then 2-year-old brother, Adam, visiting from Newton, Massachusetts -- a sweet little boy, but not much help in my career, then. In the more than 45 years since, Adam became an excellent sound engineer, a fine singer-songwriter in his own right, and a huge help to me in bringing my material into the 21st century. I lived the life and wrote the book, but as far as my Third Act is concerned, I shall be forever grateful to Adam, whose musical skills, infinite patience and engineering expertise made the realization of the accompanying recordings not only possible, but a delightful experience I shall treasure all my days.
"We recorded all my Stories in Rhyme (including Grumpuss which has its own website), and we continue to record songs from my back catalog. Now, in addition to Stories in Song, we've released more CD albums and posted audio samples of those songs in Travis Edward Pike's Tea Party Snack Platter, Reconstructed Coffeehouse Blues, and Feelin' Better. I'm adapting my 1987 rock musical "Morningstone" into a novel and we've already released The Morningstone Music CD. Samples of itcan be heard on its website or by clicking on the links in the Production Office. And we're working on two more albums, so be sure to check back regularly.
Travis Edward Pike, February 2015
NEW FEATURE FOR 2015
The Production Office gives you access to samples of all the current audio, video and print media in all the Otherworld Cottage Industries websites, making it easier for you to explore, enjoy and evaluate our products before purchasing. It will also keep you up-to-date on what to expect next, and when new Otherworld Cottage productions become available. CLICK ON THE IMAGE (LEFT), to try it. We hope you'll enjoy this new feature and come back to visit us often.
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original 1967 recording of Travis Pike's Tea Party's If I Didn't Love You Girl.
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