Donald Reid

Donald Reid

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

guitar-based rock/pop with plenty of hooks and radio sensibility. cross between Sting and Neil Finn

Biography

Singer / songwriter, Donald Reid's first solo album 'In A Taxi Home'. Co-produced with his brother James Reid (The Feelers) and recorded independently in Auckland, New Zealand, 'In A Taxi Home' is a selection of songs from Reid's reservoir of over 200 original works.

Donald is currently recording the next album

Playing on the album is Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Bass), Mike Franklin-Brown (Pluto, Drums), Bryan Bell (Dead Flowers, Piano), Georgina Cooper (APO, cello), James and Donald Reid.

The tracks were mixed by Chris van de Geer (Stellar*) and Luke Tomes, and mastered by Neil Baldock.

Donald often writes with his brother James and co-wrote two singles on the latest Feelers album 'Playground Battle', namely 'Weapons of War' and 'Fallout Shelter'. Donald also co-wrote two tracks on The Feelers previous album 'Communicate', being 'The Web' and 'Communicate' (the title track of the number one album of 2002) for which he was nominated 'Best Songwriter of the Year 2002'.
The album is in Reid’s own words “a reaction to the manufactured boy band”. Reid’s music maintains artistic integrity while fitting in to a commercial genre. The songs were chosen for their purity of form, revealing thoughtful and emotionally charged lyrics. As all songs were primarily written on acoustic guitar they translate well live with full band or as a solo performance.

“A lot of my songs end up being twisted love songs” says Reid. “For some reason that is just the way they come out… I guess the love song part gives a platform for people to understand the songs from, then the twisted bits make them more interesting”.

Inspired by artists such as Powderfinger, James Taylor, The Stone Roses, and U2, Reid draws on a deep family musical background.

Lyrics

You and Me, My Friend

Written By: Donald Reid / James Reid

Put a little love in the air tonight, got a feeling gonna feel alright
Let the sparks fly let them run riot, got a feeling gonna go hard all night

It’s you and me my friend, we’re friends until the end
And I will always be there
Friends until the end, you and me my friend
And I will always be there

Things we might have said, things we might have done,
could have all been different
Games we might have played, games we might have won
It’s a code of arms among our friends
Hear that sound it’s calling. Again…..

All the Advice

Written By: Donald Reid

Well you can tell when your days are all the same

‘cause you wake up just to go to sleep again

And all the coffee that you drink and think about

Doesn’t help you feeling that you’re falling out

The colours in your head well they start to change

You’re running up and down and back again

You know for a fact that you’re falling out…. ‘cause you’re call it out

I want to thank you for all the advice that you’ve given me, you’ve given me
And I don’t know how many times I can say this: Goodbye

Try to meet at 8 but you’re late again

You say the sky fell on your head and you’re dead again

And you’re high on the thought that you’re getting out

Then she reminds you that you’re falling out

The colours in your head well they start to change

You’re running up and down and back again

You know for a fact that you’re falling out…. ‘cause you’re call it out

Go and say the challenge’s a lie
Call her up right now and tell her that you love her

Go and say the challenge’s a lie
Go into the church and tell the preacher that hell is fine

My Favourite Thought

Written By: Donald Reid

my favourite thought

this is my favourite thought, the most favourite thing that I will ever know
sitting on the side of the road, late at night wondering how far will we go

I said I think I like you and wrote it in the mist for you to see
that night it last for ever and never will I forget you and me

this is my second thought, the next thing that I will think about
you lonely, you without me will never happen… I will never second guess you

You’re all I ever wanted, all I ever needed
You’re all I ever wanted, all I ever needed to make the sun come out again

this is my favourite thought, the most favourite thing that I will ever know

Discography

"In a Taxi Home" (2006)
Singles with significant airplay:
Forget Myself
All the Advice
You and Me, My Friend
Not A Love Song

Set List

shows vary in length. Usually 2 hours. Covers include
Hallelujah (cohen)
If you tolerate this then your children will be next (manic street preachers)
where is my mind (pixies)