Bishop to share tale of 900-mile trek to find a kinder America
As its Second Wednesday Performing Arts event, the Lake Oswego Public Library will host "Trek on Stage!" — a one-man musical performance piece in two acts, written and performed by Rand Bishop.
The free event takes place from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the library, 706 4th St., Lake Oswego.
Stories and original songs are based upon Bishop's memoir "Trek: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America." Refreshments will be served.
With bad knees, arthritic feet, minimal camping experience and zero knowledge about long-distance hiking, on May 1, 2017, 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 Bishop's challenging, life-affirming journey in selected stories and original songs. Drawing on his 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' is to give the audience a memorable, soul-stirring, emotionally dynamic experience, from laughter to tears," Bishop says.
An Oregon native, Bishop grew up in the suburbs of Portland, fixated on two equally impractical career paths: stage actor or rock star.
Between attending Oberlin College and the University of Washington, a season of bit parts at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival made his choice obvious. Bishop ran away with the Rock 'n' Roll Circus. During the '70s and '80s he recorded for Elektra, A&M, Sony and MCA and shared stages with The Doors, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart and Credence Clearwater Revival, while honing his tune-smithing craft.
Tiring of the road, he transitioned to "the other side of the desk," to earn his stripes as a platinum record producer, talent-development executive and music publisher.
An in-demand studio singer, Bishop harmonized with the Beach Boys, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, Graham Nash, Tim Curry and Quiet Riot.
In 2012, after four decades in Los Angeles and Nashville, he returned to his home state of Oregon to be of assistance to his aging parents. He resides in Newport, where he serves as music director for the Central Oregon Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
All are welcome to attend.
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