October 5, 2019: TREK On Stage
Rand Bishop Live on the Lakewood Theatre Company Headlee Mainstage
Join us at Lakewood at 2 PM on October 5, 2019 to see TREK On Stage, a one man musical performance piece by Lake Oswego native Rand Bishop, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, author and peace pilgrim.
About the Piece
On May 1, 2017, with bad knees, arthritic feet, minimal camping experience and zero knowledge about long-distance hiking, 67-year-old Rand Bishop returned a rental car in Thousand Oaks, California and started walking home - to the Central Oregon Coast, 900 miles away. TREK On Stage recalls Rand's challenging, life-affirming journey in an evening of stories and songs. Drawing on his new memoir, TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America, the veteran writer/performer blends some of that unforgettable spring and summer's most meaningful encounters, events and life lessons with a suite of original compositions inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
"My goal with TREK On Stage," shares Bishop, "is to give the audience a memorable, soul-stirring, emotionally dynamic experience, from laughter to tears."
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About Rand Bishop
Rand Bishop (then known as Randy) received his diploma from Lake Oswego High School in June, 1967, undecided between two highly unlikely career paths: stage actor, or rock star. It’s not difficult to understand why the young grad presumed he would fulfill at least one of those dubious destinies. During his Laker years, when the aspiring thespian wasn’t inhabiting leading roles under the direction of legendary LOHS theater-arts impresario Jack Lee Powell, you’d likely find him gigging with his popular, local rock ensemble, Thundering Heard. A season of bit parts at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival between his freshman and sophomore college years quickly cured Rand of his theatrical ambitions, leaving the one remaining option: Randy Bishop ran away with the rock ’n’ roll circus.
That decision, in 1969, launched a 45-year journeyman music-biz career, during which Rand recorded for major and independent labels, toured and harmonized with legends, and produced platinum albums. Those accomplishments aside, his greatest fulfillment is that more than 300 original Rand Bishop compositions have been released on records, featured in film soundtracks, and/or performed on theater stages. The list of industry icons and/or Hall of Famers who recorded Rand’s songs include the Beach Boys, Heart, Cheap Trick, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and the Indigo Girls. As a songwriter, Rand Bishop has garnered a Grammy nomination, multiple BMI Awards, Million-Play certification, and a collection of platinum plaques.
In 2012, following decades living and working primarily in Los Angeles and Nashville, Rand returned to his native state to be of assistance to his aging parents. Settling in Newport on the Central Oregon Coast, he felt content to keep a low profile, relieved to be away from the constant stress of maintaining a high profile in a show-business capital. “I was really enjoying not having to be ready with my 30-second elevator speech about all the fantastic things I was up to,” Rand recalls. “In Newport, I could just be ‘the old guy with the beagle.’”
Although semi-retired, Rand wasn’t resting on his laurels. The author of four published books and a produced stage play, he was still contributing his bi-monthly Makin’ Stuff Up column to American Songwriter Magazine, while burgeoning a reputation as an award-winning, optioned screenwriter. Rand also devoted substantial time to Oregon-based non-profit Peace Village, serving on its board of directors, leading music, and conducting media-literacy classes for the kids at Peace Village day camps.
Then, along came the 2016 primary and presidential campaign. This left Rand, a lifelong activist for peace, justice, and equality, waking up in the middle of the night, fretting over the divisive, toxic atmosphere pervading America. “I could no longer sit idly by,” he confesses, “while this nation turned into something I no longer recognized.”
Ironically, Rand’s chosen course of action had a number of concerned friends and family members losing their sleep, worrying about his sanity and safety. Having found inspiration in a woman called “Peace Pilgrim,” Rand — at 67, with a history of chronic foot and knee issues, minimal camping experience, and zero knowledge about long-distance hiking — set out to walk from Southern California back home to the Central Oregon Coast, a distance of 900 miles. His plan was to meet as many people as possible, listen to their concerns, and engage with them in civil, constructive dialogue. Ultimately, Rand simply needed to find out if there were still nice people out there in the world.
This life-changing journey began on May 1, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, California and ended 90 days later in Lincoln City, Oregon. Rand then sat down to compile a memoir based upon his daily journal entries. While Rand’s fifth book, TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America, details the myriad physical challenges encountered by a seasoned, sore-footed pilgrim, the true heart of the tale beats evocatively in the thousand fascinating human beings serendipity introduced to him over the course of that unforgettable spring and summer.
On June 14, 2019, Rand debuted his one-man, musical performance piece, TREK on Stage, at the Pacific Heritage Maritime Museum’s Doerfler Family Theater in Newport. A YouTube search for “Rand Bishop Trek on Stage” finds the video featuring clips from that premier. Rand’s October 5 Lakewood Center performance of will mark the second fully staged production of TREK on Stage, an afternoon of stories and songs, inspired by this Lake Oswego prodigal son’s peace pilgrimage in search of a kinder America.
Rand will also conduct a songwriting workshop in Lake Oswego on Thursday evening, October 3, from 6- 9 pm. Contact David Kavanaugh at Musician’s Club of Oregon for more information.