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Texas inspires CT songwriter

On February 22, 2012

Making music is not only a form of work but also a form of love for native Fairfield, Conn. singer-songwriter Mick Reed.

"Writing songs in the studio is a labor of love. No one told me that I have to do this," said Reed. "It is all done out of love."

Following an impressive first album titled "Courtney's Farm" where Reed had the chance to work with artists such as Hugh Pool and the multi-platinum selling jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, comes his sophomore album titled "Goodnight Texas."

Released in January 2011, the album has received glowing reviews. One of the reviews that is on Reed's website comes from music blogger Darius Rips, "Reed really shines on the ballads, and there are plenty of those here. Based on the music on ‘Goodnight Texas,' it will be well worth seeing what he does next," she said.

"Goodnight Texas" has a blend of country, blues, jazz and what Reed likes to term as "Yankee Americana." He named it "Goodnight Texas" because he felt that name gave a good idea of what the songs symbolized.

"The name gives you a good feel for what kind of songs are on this album," said Reed. "It symbolizes being on the road, taking a journey and a feel of being together."

"Goodnight Texas" centers on being on the old Texas road and taking a journey. Songs such as "The Singapore Sling" and "Goodnight Texas" certainly do give the feel of being on the road. The song is perfect for a jam session in the car, or a pick me up energy boost during a long week.

"The Singapore Sling and "Goodnight Texas" both seem to be crowd pleasers, which I love to see the fans singing along to," said Reed.

But not all songs are an upbeat tempo on the album. Songs such as "Queen of the Desert" and "Tullia" have more of a softer tempo but still have a great melody.

One of the things that is noticed when listening to these songs is that they all have a story in them and that is what makes them so great; people can relate to the lyrics.

"The first thing that I hope people get from this album is that when they listen to it, they feel that it can become good background music or when they drive, they feel good listening to it," said Reed. "The last thing is that when listening to the lyrics they see the stories they tell and if they resonate with the listener, I have done my job."

Well Mr. Reed, you have definitely done your job with "Goodnight Texas."

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