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Travis Edward Pike | Don't You Care at All?

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Don't You Care at All?

by Travis Edward Pike

This is a Vietnam Era song of concern, complete with helicopter gunships, jets, rockets and napalm explosions, accurately reflecting the period's sonic imagery for today's listeners, who may well find its message as timely today as ever before.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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Album Notes
I moved West in 1968, and my first solo performances were Monday night, coffeehouse-style gigs at a bar in Glendora, where I met my very first new Southern California friend, Chuck Monda, then a student at Mount SAC. My song, “Don’t You Care at All,” originally composed shortly after the Viet Cong Tet Offensive in early 1968, was one of his favorites.

Back then, Walter Cronkite, shocked by the scope of the Viet Cong offensive in South Vietnam, despite the Allied victory, came to believe the unpopular war was unwinnable, and in his now famous editorial, denounced the U.S. involvement and escalation of the war, and called for a negotiated peace. To most young Americans, it sounded like the war was about to wind down.

So, three years later, my friend and I were both understandably distraught when he was drafted and shipped off to Vietnam. Chuck sent this photo home in 1971. I’m happy to say he made it back safely, and is still one of my best friends.

When my brother Adam and I recorded this song in 2014, I created a simulated newscast for the opening, accurate in its details, for today’s fans, many of whom weren’t born when these events took place. Then, realizing the authentic-sounding news broadcast might do a “War of the Worlds” on today’s listeners, I decided to release the song on the Reconstructed Coffeehouse Blues album without the simulated broadcast, which I thought might prevent it from ever getting any airplay. But I missed it, and so did friends who remembered those days, and that’s why I’ve now released it as a single, with the broadcast opening.



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