Travis Edward Pike | Outside the Box

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Outside the Box

by Travis Edward Pike

Constantly evolving since 1964, this singer-songwriter's new and most eclectic album features orchestrations normally reserved for movie soundtracks, memorable rock ballads, novelties and power-rock songs to get both brains and bodies moving.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Andalusian Bride Suite
7:36 $0.99
2. Pukapuka Gagadoody
3:03 $0.99
3. Flying Snakes
2:55 $0.99
4. Only You and Me
2:59 $0.99
5. Otherworld March
3:04 $0.99
6. Witch
5:19 $0.99
7. Psychedelic Meltdown
2:54 $0.99
8. Gotta Be a Better Way
2:47 $0.99
9. Friend in Fresno
3:21 $0.99
10. Lovely Girl I Married
3:06 $0.99
11. Star Maker
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
01 Andalusian Bride Suite was originally composed as a Tone Poem. Travis later turned it into a song for his daughter, Lisa, then nine-years-old. Travis explains, “A parent desires a loving, secure environment for a daughter’s childhood, but one day she must leave that protection, and embark on her adult journey in order to achieve fulfillment. This song heralds that day."

Pukapuka Gagadoody was inspired by memories of the blizzard that struck the Northeast in March, 1980, and images of the blizzard of 2015. To escape a fierce winter, a Bostonian flies to a South Seas paradise. King Neptune considers the overflight an evasion of the “initiation” traditionally undergone by passengers and crew who cross the Equator for the first time aboard ships. The “beach party” follows published accounts of nautical “crossing the line” ceremonies, and the Polynesian Pupu platters noted in the song make entirely appropriate hors d’ouevres.

Flying Snakes is another new song, addressing the divide between subjective belief and objective reality. As Travis puts it, “Snakes fly, trees sigh, and holy men have been known to lie. Without disputing the possibility of an afterlife, if one is just 'passing through,' what harm is there in trying to live your life in harmony with nature and your fellow man?”

Only You and Me is about a young lady's indiscretion and a young man's pledge never to divulge it, viewed through the eyes of the older man, who still honors that pledge.

Otherworld March was originally intended for Travis' grand entrance return to live performance. Unfinished until now, this recording is the first time it has ever been performed in its entirety.

Witch also goes back to the mid-seventies. Travis had researched transcripts of the witch trials during the 30 Years War, in which Biblical authority was frequently quoted to sanctify witch-burnings. Today, the horrors of that war between Catholics and Protestants (1618-1638), is playing out in the religious schism between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims, and modern terrorists cite verses from the Quran to support their atrocities.

Psychedelic Meltdown also grew out of an older piece, but now has new lyrics, dealing with the often deadly folly of recreational drug use. Travis was a rocker in the early ‘70s, when Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died from drug overdoses. In fact, drug abuse was so rampant in the music industry, that Travis quit his music career. This song is an attempt to musically address the mental disintegration that leads to death by recreational drug abuse.

Gotta Be a Better Way is about politics, warning against precipitous action based on a constant barrage of claims and counter-claims cited by political candidates and news sources, apparently intended to confuse, rather than inform the public. Democracy requires an educated, accurately informed and involved electorate.

Friend in Fresno, is a driving road trip song starting in Burbank, California, going north on Interstate 5, over to the 99, to have lunch with a friend in Fresno’s Tower District, then return through Bakersfield, for a total of 450 miles in one day, and getting back in time for rush hour in L.A. In fact, a close Pike family friend who used to live in Los Angeles, moved to Fresno a few years ago, and this song is dedicated to her.

Lovely Girl I Married hearkens back to the day Travis met his future wife, Judy. This new song is a deep-rooted consideration of all she has come to mean to him, and the life they’ve shared for 50 years. It’s a love song about growing old together. At 71, Travis decided it was time someone wrote one.

Star Maker is set in the present. Back when, radio play was the key to record sales and DJ’s chose what to play. Star Maker is Travis' song about an old retread (himself), trying to get some traction in a music industry that appears fanatically youth-oriented, where sales are mostly digital, and both are driven by the internet.



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