Songwriter Spotlight: Sarah Goslee Reed

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Growing up for Sarah Goslee Reed, there was music - her father on the bassoon - her mother on the cello - folk music of the sixties, and, of course, the Beatles. She started on violin, transferring those principles and taught herself guitar, learning songs by listening to the radio and records.  

Her newest CD is called “Sleep Like Fish” and includes songs for everyone from children to grown-ups, and for anyone who has trouble going to sleep or staying there.  Prior to that CD was “Plenty”-  a cornucopia of songs celebrating the positive and mysterious in life, including a large oak table, a piano, a neon sign….and a wolf. The song “Feed the Right Wolf” has been arranged for choir and recently performed at Disney. “Plenty” raises funds for mental health awareness through the Wesley Garrett Memorial Fund at Black River Middle School in Sullivan, Ohio. Other recordings include “It’s About Time,” “Like The Light of the Moon,” and “Cowboy on the Highway,” all featuring Reed’s dad’s glorious bassoon (where he was principal bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra).  She has sung at Camp Nuhop, a camp for children with special needs, for over 25 years, resulting in a CD called "Songfest," which includes all the songs she has sung at camp celebrations.

Reed’s favorite audiences are multi-generational ones, families where all join her in singing or doing hand motions, plus the occasional hoot or howl of some animal. She writes songs about nature and family, from overheard conversations or favorite stories from books, such as Charlotte’s Weband Stellaluna. Her hope is that the audience goes home singing a melody.