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Now Pike is playing solo (as she does on Saturday at Poor David's Pub) and with Black Box Rebellion. Sutton has stepped back from their creative partnership to spend more time with his wife and family, though he will still record with her and gig on occasion with the band. ("I miss him, and I love it when he's still there," Pike says.) She has also formed Fairy Tree Education Advocates with her friend and fan, educator Keitha St. Claire. They instruct and perform for teachers working with at-risk students.
After all, Pike was "always at risk," she says. "Being one of those kids inspired me to want to be a rock star, because I saw it as an answer to all my problems and my family's problems--limited funds, growing up latchkey and how we were always moving to find a place we could afford to live.
"My core intention was to make music for people and to live my life doing something I loved. I really needed an outlet, some other way to connect with people," Pike says. "The Fairy Tree thing and the message I've been carrying in my music and the conversations I have with people who are interested in my music is always about one thing: What do you want to do with your life? Where are you not fulfilling that in your daily actions? How can you let go of the fear that is keeping you from doing that? That is the core of almost every song I write and almost every conversation I have at a venue after a show."
As for her own life, Pike feels secure in having forged her place. "I've been able to create a sustainable living for myself with music," she concludes. "And that was really everything that I wanted to do."
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