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Changeling's Return: A Novel Musical Concept

by Travis Edward Pike

This is an enchanting and comprehensive exploration of music, mythology, magic and mysticism, all rock and rolled into one. When it rocks, it rocks, but then, exotic melodies roll over you in waves, until the moment it drags you, kicking and screaming into its chilling Tomb of Every Hope. In this enchanting piece of ear candy, songs are spells and likely to go around and around in your mind, even long after the album ends.
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1. Changeling's Return
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2. The Stranger
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3. Morningstone
2:28 $0.99
4. The Likes of You
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5. Bemused (First Canto)
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6. In This Place
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7. Peeping Tom
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8. The Tomb of Every Hope
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9. The Fool
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10. The Mystery
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11. Bemused (Second Canto)
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12. Witchy Stew
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13. Bemused (Third Canto)
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14. Mystical Encounter
3:58 $0.99
15. Sweet Mystery
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16. The Fool in Concert
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17. Flying Snakes
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18. Dog, Roebuck, and Lapwing
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Album Notes
This album is a companion piece to Pike’s latest book, Changeling’s Return, a novel approach to the music.

In Western folklore, a changeling is believed to be a troll or fairy child left in place of a stolen human child. In Pike’s novel, Morgen, a foundling reared in Boston, Massachusetts, now in his mid-twenties, singer, songwriter and front man for Beantown Home Cookin’, is well on his way to stardom until an auto accident results in an otherworldly awakening. Song and chant were once the same thing, so setting words to music and singing those songs, makes Morgen an enchanter by definition, and if songs are spells, running through one’s mind, even when there’s no music to be heard, is Morgen a human, awakening to the possibility that some elemental inherent abilities contribute to his success, or a changeling, reawakened to his supernatural origins, fully capable of manipulating arcane elemental resources, and if so, what impact will this Changeling’s Return have on the human race?

Track 01: Changeling’s Return: AKA the Morningstone Title Theme, is an instrumental welcoming to the mythical, mystical, magical, musical realm of Morningstone.

Track 02: The Stranger: In the story, a hit song from Beantown Home Cookin’s first album, performed with the Trashbabies, a fabulous chorus of beautiful young ladies, all gifted singer-dancers featured at the end of Beantown Home Cookin’s live televised concert debut in England is intended to launch their summer European tour, and the seductive, hypnotic show tune drives concert-goers, home viewers, and the international press corps wild. The gathering is in a mansion rented by the record company for a wrap party, to provide media mavens an opportunity for photos and interviews, after the show, but Morgen, instead of going in to face the press, decides to take a refreshing spin in a high-powered sports car rental, and between the rhythmic slap of its windshield wipers, and the Trashbabies chorus to The Stranger running through his head, the exhausted lead singer falls asleep at the wheel, and crashes into a ditch.

Track 03: Morningstone: No help comes during the night, but in the dawn light, Morgen sees a sign pointing the way to Morningstone, and finds his way to the quaint village in the middle of elsewhere, where the phone lines are down, and its links with the outside world are tenuous at best. Directed to a local pub, he sees a movie being shown for a heritage class, starring a beautiful young woman, who sings “Morningstone,” her invitation to a mystery and destiny, forever intertwined.

Track 04: The Likes of You: The singer in the movie is also the teacher, and when the class ends, she offers to drive Morgen to an isolated cottage where he may rest, undisturbed, until help arrives. Her surprising vehicle is a floral decorated pony cart, and on the way to the cottage, their mutual attraction is revealed in a song neither sings aloud, but is heard by either by both. Pom their way to the cottage, they pass the Morningstone shrine from which the village takes its name, an ancient, megalithic construction overlooking the fertile valley, where Laura warns Morgen that the space within the circle of stones is sacred, and to trespass upon it by night, is dangerous. Continuing their journey (and their song), the cross a stream and arrive at the cottage, where Morgen meets Fiona, another stunning local lady, a bit older than Laura, who teaches Morgen the meaning of festival names before she and Laura both depart.

Track 05: Bemused: First Canto: Morgen sleeps the day away, awakens famished, and finds a note from Laura saying she decided he needed rest more than company. Alone, he drinks more of Fiona’s potent nectar, dines on her ambrosia, and sets out on an evening stroll to visit the megalithic shrine by moonlight, where this song comes to him, revealing his thoughts as he drifts off to sleep, again.

Track 06: In This Place: Morgen is awakened by a local women‘s choir singing an eerie intro to “In This Place.” Inside the megalithic shrine, its central monolith has been cloaked and crowned with an antlered headdress. The local orchestra of men plays a solemn processional. The masked choir flirts provocatively with the orchestra, then returns to the shrine to watch Laura’s erotic ritual May Eve dance welcoming spring.

Track 07: Peeping Tom: This song underscores Morgen’s reaction to Laura’s dance, revealing his desire as he first stalks, then chases Laura through the woods, determined to have his way with her, but the delighted chorus of Furies, Fates, and Muses will have it otherwise, and Morgen’s victim escapes in the form of a doe, tumbling him into the cold stream, where the way back to the cottage is guarded by a mastiff and the other side is blocked by hostile Furies. But the Furies are all talk, the mastiff lets him pass, and he spends a cold night alone in the cottage, feeling guilty and churlish.

Track 08: The Tomb of Every Hope: In the morning, Morgen determines to walk out of Morningstone, rather than face the locals...unless his car is back on the road. Fiona sees him trying to peek into Smythe’s garage, tells him it’s May Day, and the mechanic will be up at the shrine, then leads him there via her personal shortcut. The mastiff befriends him on the way, the locals greet him like a hero, and the Furies allow him to enter the Tomb of Every Hope. Thunder, moans, screams and the natives’ voices singing their horrific whole moan invocation clear his way to the trial within where he is held to answer for all humanity’s crimes against Nature.

Track 09: The Fool: If Morgen represents humanity, Laura represents Nature, fettered, scourged, and polluted by civilization. The sentences the Furies propose are death by fire, ice, or plague, but the Fates toss Morgen a key with which to free Nature from her shackles. While he hesitates, weighing the danger of Nature unleashed, Laura’s chains fall away. Believing he has failed the Fates’ test, Morgen follows Laura, claiming he would have freed her. She offers him a sip from her Cauldron of Inspiration. Again, Morgen hesitates. He failed to use the key. If this is another test, should he refuse it, or accept it. Laura begins to withdraw her ladle, but he grasps it and drinks. For a moment, he believes he’s passed her test, then falls lifeless to the floor. He awakens in a chamber fit for bard beloved of the Ninefold Muse, and embracing his role as “The Fool,” announces himself as he marches out into the crowd gathered outside a hidden cleft in the opposite side of the hill.

Track 10: The Mystery: Morgen is tossed into the Sacred Pool by the men of Morningstone, and when he emerges, discards his soaked clothes and covers himself with the cloak worn last night by the central monolith, then carrying its antlered headdress, leads the men up the back of the hill to the shrine site. The men take up their instruments. As the drums sound, Laura, riding side-saddle on her unicorn-horned pony, her right leg curled around the saddle horn, providing a nest for the hare she carries in her lap, her left foot dragging the ground, her long golden hair held in place by the weight of the golden fishnet draped over her, and wearing her floral crown, led by Fiona, appears outside the stone circle below. As the ritual wedding music continues, Morgen dons the antlered headdress. Laura dismounts, releases the hare, shrugs off her golden fishnet and goes, naked to embrace Morgen. But Fiona has left the unicorn untended. The Muses, Fates and Furies appear and the unicorn charges uphill at Morgen. The mastiff races to intercept the unicorn, and both collide with Morgen and Laura, knocking her away, and him headfirst into a stone dolmen.

Track 11: Bemused: Second Canto: Back in the real world, Morgen awakens in the hospital, hearing again the music and lyrics that reveal his thoughts and desires. It was all too real to have been a dream, but if it was an out-of-body experience, would he ever be able to return, or was it gone forever? The police report said Morgen skidded off the road in the rain, and crashed into a tree. Drugs and alcohol were ruled out, so insurance covered the car, but Beantowm Home Cookin’s European tour is cancelled. Morgen is in the doghouse with the band’s manager and financial backer, Rodney, but Morgen’s retained the music and lyrics from his out-of-body adventure, and while he recovers, begins rehearsing it all with the band and the Trashbabies.

Track 12: Witchy Stew: Rhoda, one of the Trashbabies, announces she is leaving to get married, and everyone decides to throw her a wedding shower, where she will make her last appearance as a Trashbaby, in “Witchy Stew,” another hit song from the first Beantown Home Cookin’ album. Preparations for the shower and setting up a fall European tour for the band keep Rodney busy. Learning Morgen’s new material keep the band and the Trasahbabies busy, and their sexy performance at the wedding shower, captured on video, is a huge hit at Rhoda’s wedding, and helps Morgen and Rodney settle their differences.

Track 13: Bemused: Third Canto: Back in England, to record their second album, due for a release to coincide with the start of their fall European tour, “Peeping Tom” is unilaterally rejected by the record company chairman, who threatens to cancel the album altogether. Alan, Morgen’s A&R man, tells Morgen to write a new song to replace “Peeping Tom,” or he’ll have to find one for him. Never having written a short-order song before, Morgen’s earliest efforts to write a new potential hit run aground, but he does come up with the third element of his three-part song, “Bemused,” providing a resolution to the previous “Bemused: Second Canto” that ended its vocal on a seventh note.

Track 14: Mystical Encounter: Discouraged by his inability to write songs on demand, Morgen kicks off his shoes, stretches out on his bed and closes his eyes. He feels a warm body moving over his, and awakens to find Laura in his arms, and if her caress and salacious smile are not enough to arouse him, her words are. “Your mystical encounter will soon be a matter of record,” she whispers, and now they are.

Track 15: Sweet Mystery: Even before his “Mystical Encounter,” in an effort to keep the memory of their interrupted nuptials alive, Morgen blends its music with his invocation of his goddess, in the hope that if he cannot return to Laura, she might find a way to return to him. Could their “Mystical Encounter” have been inspired by this song, and if so, when it is finally broadcast worldwide, will she return to him at, or immediately after, his Halloween concert?

Track 16: The Fool In Concert: This song’s sublime and bombastic recapitulation of “The Fool,” combines with “Morningstone’s” promise of a revelation of our mystery and destiny, forever intertwined, and is intended to remind listeners of the purpose of the journey.

Track 17: Flying Snakes: Morgen’s reaction to the damage modern civilization’s dependence on technology is doing to our planet’s ecosystem, calls for an awakening and commitment to do all we can to reduce its negative effects by adapting to the reality of worldwide climate change. We are dependent on Nature’s bounty, and should the various supernatural solutions promised by humanity’s diverse belief systems fail to materialize, we must make use of our natural abilities to understand and adapt to the environmental changes threatening us, in order to survive.

Track 18: Dog, Roebuck, and Lapwing: All ancient bardic symbols, these creatures suggest we listen carefully to discover meanings between the lines.

The music, lyrics and story were all created by Travis Edward Pike, Founder of Otherworld Cottage Industries, Chairman Emeritus of the New Playwrights Foundation in Santa Monica, California, and winner of a 2019 South East Star Lifetime Achievement Award. Born and reared in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1956, 12-year-old Pike was censured for writing poetry in study hall at Boston Latin School. Happily, he kept writing poetry, and in 1999, his original epic narrative rhyme, Grumpuss, won an International Communications Competition Silver Plaque Award for Special Achievement—Writing at the Chicago Film Festival. Pike’s first movie title song was Demo Derby in 1963, and he wrote ten songs and starred in the pop musical Feelin’ Good, made in Boston and released in 1966. One of those songs, “Watch Out Woman,” finally released a half century later on a vinyl 45 in the U.K., was #3 in Shindig! magazine’s Best of 2017 list. In early 1968, he was one of two music directors and arrangers on the WBZ TV pilot programs, Here and Now, and moved to Hollywood later that year. In 1975, Pike provided the music for The Second Gun, a Golden Globe nominee for best feature-length documentary. Pike’s current releases of his Changeling’s Return story and music are the result of more than 40 years of creative evolution,

(n 2018 Pike’s Otherworld Cottage Industries, won a LUXLife magazine Global Entertainment Award.)



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