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Mystical Encounter (Songs from Changeling's Return)

by Travis Edward Pike

Mystical Encounter (Songs from Changeling’s Return) is an album of songs from a surrealistic musical about an American rock star's out-of-body experience, set in the contemporary Midlands of England, and in the supernatural realm of Morningstone.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Witchy Stew
2:50 $0.99
2. The Stranger
4:13 $0.99
3. Morningstone
2:28 $0.99
4. The Likes of You
3:38 $0.99
5. Bemused (First Canto)
0:51 $0.99
6. The Fool / Dog, Roebuck and Lapwing
5:36 $0.99
7. The Mystery
2:33 $0.99
8. Bemused (Second Canto)
0:53 $0.99
9. Bemused (Third Canto)
0:45 $0.99
10. Mystical Encounter
4:00 $0.99
11. The Fool in Concert / Morningstone (Fate) Theme
3:46 $0.99
12. Sweet Mystery
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Changeling’s Return is the story of Morgan, an American rock star with “the world by the ears,” whose out-of-body experience triggers a sudden and profound commitment to the environment and a dramatic change in his music, its lyrical content, and its purpose. Mystical Encounter (Songs from Changeling’s Return) is an album of songs from that surrealistic musical adventure set in the contemporary Midlands of England, and in the supernatural realm of Morningstone.
According to Western folklore, a changeling is a fairy or troll child placed in a stolen human baby’s cradle. In my story, whether Morgan is an adult human being, taken and pixilated in the supernatural realm, or originally a changeling, reared by humans, and who, upon being returned to his otherworldly roots, is reawaked to his supernatural origins and returns to our world to fulfill his supernatural purpose is deliberately left clouded. The story works either way.
Toward the end of a May Eve rave-style rock concert being broadcast live from a ruined abbey, Morgan performs “Witchy Stew,” a song he composed to showcase the Trashbabies, his sexy chorus line of singing dancers, based on the popular Solid Gold Dancers of the 80’s.
Morgan’s finale is the seductive song, “The Stranger,” which also underscores his escape from the fans whose faces press against the windows of the limo as he is spirited away, and his flight from a soiree celebrating the broadcast, where he was to be guest of honor for a crowd of recording industry bigwigs. Instead, he takes off into the rainy night in his new red sports car, claiming the drive will wake him up, but the song and the hypnotic slap of his windshield wipers soon put him to sleep, and he awakens barely in time to avoid hitting a doe in the middle of the road. Finally, wide awake, he celebrates his near miss with the promise. “Listen and I’ll put my spell on you.”
In fact, he’s still asleep behind the wheel when his slow-rolling sports car goes off the road into a watery ditch. He’s unhurt, but he’ll need a tow truck to get back on the road. Setting out on foot, Morgan comes to Morningstone, and enters a pub where he hopes to phone for help.
It’s dark inside, where a movie is being shown to a local heritage class. On screen, Laura, a lovely young woman sings “Morningstone,” her haunting invitation to discover the legacy she offers to reveal. Not wishing to interrupt the performance, Morgan sits quietly at the back of the room. The song ends, but the film continues with a sequence revealing a conflict between the Furies and the Muses, being mediated by the Fates, that captures Morgan’s interest. When the film ends, Morgan recognizes the teacher as the same lovely “goddess” who sang the introduction. The teenagers are into the class, and Morgan is into the teacher, but his all-nighter catches up with him, he passes out, and when he comes to, he discovers Morningstone’s links with the outside world are tenuous at best. All the phones are dead.
All the rooms in the pub are booked for the local Spring festival, so Laura takes Morgan to a secluded cottage where he can rest and recover undisturbed. On the way, she points out local attractions, but the only local attraction he’s interested in is her, revealed by the song running through his mind, “The Likes of You.” (In the movie, it would be heard in three segments, but for this album, it is presented in its entirety.)
Morgan, exhausted, sleeps the day away, and when he awakens, finds a note from Laura that she had been there, but thought he needed rest more than company, and left again. Fully rested, he sets out to see if he can catch up with her. When he gets to the megalithic shrine they passed on the way to the cottage, having been warned against entering its sacred circle, is content to view it from above. He settles comfortably among the roots of a large tree, “Bemused (First Canto),” running through his mind, revealing his thoughts.
In a movie version of Changeling’s Return, two important musical sequences would be inserted here, that are not included in this album. The first, “In This Place” is an invocation sung by a masked female choir, turns into a procession that features the choir provocatively teasing the all-male orchestra as they pass, and ends with Laura dancing a Rite of Spring strip tease for the buckskin draped, antlered, stag’s headdress crowning the standing stone, sending the aroused locals, screaming and giggling into the dark to pair up, all witnessed by Morgan from hiding.
Wrapped in nothing but a doeskin, Laura starts toward the cottage and the second piece, “Peeping Tom” underscores the chase as Morgan stalks Laura, gaining on her until she suddenly transforms into a doe, escapes, and sends him tumbling head over heels into a cold brook.
In the morning, walking back to the shrine, Morgan is befriended by a Mastiff who accompanies him into the shrine and leads him into the Tomb of Every Hope, where Laura offers him a sip from the Cauldron of Inspiration. That sip knocks him cold, but he awakens enlightened, possessing the wisdom of the ages. He exits the Tomb of Every Hope singing “The Fool,” revealing his newly acquired wisdom, and is greeted by cheering locals, who promptly toss him into a sacred pool. Emerging, he gratefully dons the antlered headdress and buckskin robe, and joyfully leads the crowd back to the shrine site.
Inside her grotto, while the teenage girls sing “Dog, Roebuck and Lapwing” and decorate Laura’s pony with flowers and a “unicorn” bridle, Laura bathes and dons her wedding attire.
The choir sings “The Mystery” for the wedding between Man and Nature as Laura approaches, neither clothed nor naked (wearing a golden fishnet), neither walking nor riding (sitting side-saddle on her “unicorn” and dragging one foot on the ground), neither with nor without a gift, (holding a hare in her lap which she releases when she comes to Morgan). But as they embrace, her “unicorn” charges between them, knocking Morgan head first into a flower-draped dolman.
Morgan awakens in an ambulance, learns he crashed his car into a tree during the rainstorm, and drifts off, “Bemused (Second Canto)” running through his head.
Sidelined with a broken ankle, Morgan uses the time to transcribe the music he believes he heard in Morningstone, and write new music about his out-of-body experience. His next live broadcast from the ruined abbey is scheduled for Halloween, and he wins approval to scrap the album he was scheduled to record and premiere at that event, and record his “new” music, on the condition that he drop the controversial “Peeping Tom,” and replace it with a song “both visceral and mystical” for the new album title song. Morgan agrees.
“Bemused (Third Canto)” runs through his head as he contemplates the new song, “Mystical Encounter,” the title song that underscores Morgan’s recovery, the recording session, and the setup for his interview on Angela Knight’s Knight on the Town TV show, to be aired a few days prior to the Halloween Concert.
Halloween arrives, and in makeup, prior to the show, Morgan’s thoughts are revealed in “The Fool in Concert” that segues into his live performance of “The Fool” on stage, at the end of which, during the screams and cheers from the concert crowd, segues into the “Morningstone (Fate) Theme,” signaling the return of the Otherworldly barn owl.
The grand finale is Morgan’s rock invocation of his Muse, Laura. He sings her song for everyone to hear. It’s big, and manages to drive his live audience wild, but no Laura appears, and as the show wraps, Morgan collapses. And now, it’s all a matter of record. Now, it’s up to Mankind.
As it always was.



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