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  • SubGenre:Storytelling
  • Language:English
  • Pages:64
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781483574127

Pedro 'n' Pip

by Taylor Barton

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Pedro 'n' Pip is a raucous, uplifting rock 'n' roll odyssey about a tenacious ten-year-old girl, named Pip, and a ‘rockoctopus’, Pedro, who she meets while scuba diving after an oil spill in the Gulf. Together, they forge a powerful friendship and unite sea creatures and landlubbers alike to help clean up our waters for the good of all. A funny, tender, courageous story meant to raise environmental awareness in our kids.
ABOUT THE MUSIC... Taylor Barton's Pedro and Pip was performed and recorded by a wonderful and talented group of musicians and singers. Christine Ohlman, who has for many years sung with the Saturday Night Live Band, is featured throughout as well as Robbie Wyckoff who has sung for the children's TV show Phineas and Firb and also was lead vocalist on Roger Waters' The Wall tour from 2010 through 2013. The Persuasions do brilliant vocal work on several songs. Jenni Muldaur who has sung with Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, Rufus Wainwright and many others contributed as well as Jillette Johnson who sings " Certification Song" ...Noted Israeli singer/guitarist David Broza contributes vocals and Spanish guitar and young Ella Moffly sings the lovely First Word Go and does a rocking job on Pedro and Pip's Rap. Lastly, Taylor, who composed both the music and lyrics, does the vocals on Don't Quit, an ode to her father who gave her the words when she was young. The recording of Pedro and Pip was produced by Taylor Barton. While I am most known for my work with Hall and Oates, Bob Dylan, SNL, Roger Waters and many others, I was instantaneously attracted to this fun loving score. I led the band and played guitar on these songs along with keyboardist Jeff Kazee, {Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny}, bassist Tony Shanahan, {Patti Smith Band}, and Alex Alexander on drums ( Eminem, Dido) This collaboration of friends and family resulted in a warm and unique sound on these songs helping to bring the story of a Rock and Roll octopus and a sweet little girl to life. Pedro 'n' Pip, they're a team! GE Smith
About the author
Taylor Barton is a smart, multi-talented, singer-songwriter, writer and film producer. She has spent over three decades traversing the arts and culminated into a 21st century Renaissance woman. Born in Baltimore, Maryland she started her musical training with piano lessons at age six. She enrolled in the Peabody Institute at age thirteen where she studied dance until her high school graduation. During a fortuitous appearance on Saturday Night Live, she met bandleader GE Smith. Smith later became her husband, co-producer, and partner in their independent label, Green Mirror Music. Smith was instrumental in jump-starting Barton. Her songwriting was deeply influenced by her exposure to an array of legendary performers from Dylan to Garcia, and everyone ultra-talented thereafter. She has clearly succeeded in creating a distinctive body of work that is highly accessible - very unique and original. Vanity Fair calls her voice beautiful and seductive. Rolling Stone calls her beguiling. Frank Hadley of The Boston Herald describes her voice as achingly superb. David Sprague of Newsday – she waxes poetic without slipping into pretense and uses decidedly non-hallmark phraseology. Barton’s music is memorable, haunting, and deeply mysterious. “Taylor Barton writes from the trenches of the self-examined life; motherhood, sobriety, vision-quest, rock wifedom, grief, longing, beauty, meaning… --Paula Cole Her film, 50 Watt Fuse, documenting her husband’s career as a sideman, was an Official Selection of the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2006. Written and directed by Barton, cameos from Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Buffett, to Bob Dylan and Hall & Oates, Barton received a standing ovation. She has released eight solo CDs, covering all of life’s betrayals, infidelities, and her music evokes the complexities of tragedy. She also has written plays that were produced at The Village Gate, (Pedro ‘n’ Pip) La Mama, Musical Theatreworks, and The Woman's Project. She is the author of an award winning play, The Eric Clapton Breakfast Club. Her debut novel Hotheaded Saints is available on IBOOKS. "Mystery, mayhem and humor ensue in Taylor Barton's fabulous Hotheaded Saints. --Adriana Trigiani. Taylor Barton has drawn a compelling and fascinating portrait of the underbelly of the Hamptons --Rosanne Cash Singer-Songwriter. Taylor Barton has performed on Conan, Saturday Night Live, VH1, Bravo’s Broadway’s Best, After Breakfast, Mountain Stage, BET, World Cafe, Poughkeepsie Live, Acoustic Cafe, Westwood One Radio, House of Blues Radio, and ABC radio, WFUV, and more. She resides in Amagansett, NY where she lives with her husband and daughter.