Sofie Reed

Sofie Reed

BandBluesFolk

Soulful, spunky, raw and refreshing. Swedish born and raised, Sofie Reed. A delightful one woman band. There’s a certain flavor of old time charm with a new world's reality in her music. She’s got that heartfelt, genuine kind of voice that just moves you, with an inspired kick to your step.

Biography

Accompanying herself with dulcimer, lap steel guitar, foot-stomping and harmonica, Sofie delivers her bluesy, earthy, original songs in a new collection "Simplicity Chased Trouble Away".

Sofie’s independently produced debut CD Baby Boo Got Gone, released in 2004, recorded with a handful of fine musicians such as John Magnie and Steve Amedee of the Subdudes and guitarist Jeff Pevar. In the category of blues-folk, Sofie’s CD became a top-seller at CDBaby.com.

Brief History: Influenced by American blues and jazz, Sofie changed her plans from theater school to pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. She left Sweden 1987 and settled in Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. Utilizing her creative skills, Sofie freelanced as a stylist within the local music scene, until one of her clients, Sheila Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, hired her as a back-up singer. – Sofie picked up a variety of session work throughout the Twin Cities – from Paisley Park Studios to voice-over commercials and independent films. After a period of performing in a duo with her former husband, guitarist Preston Reed, she left Minneapolis and moved to Colorado. Sofie’s lone journey into a foreign culture generated many experiences, creating an intriguing, colorful story reflected in her music and performance.

Lyrics

Glitter Girl

Written By: Sofie Reed

Can’t help but be what I am
you just gotta understand
I’m a Glitter Girl - I rule my world

To cover up would cramp my way
it don’t matter what they say
I’m a Glitter Girl - I rule my world

Dawn falls into the arms of a million stars - so do I
Nothing wrong to be all heart - nothing wrong to let love

Lighten up - look at me
I’m as real as can be
additive & cruelty free

I’m no fool’s gold
heaven don’t put me down
Glitter Girl’s what I am

Dawn falls into the arms of a million stars - and so do I
Nothing wrong to be all heart - nothing wrong to let love

I go rockin’ and rollin’ dancing in the light
You know I’m down to earth and above the sky
I’m a Glitter Girl - like a big bird - Free to fly
Got a bright glow on the inside
a Glitter Girl can’t hide

Human Every Day

Written By: Sofie Reed

Here are fields, forests and grain - rivers and a pass of time
some reach inside - to be here now
some turn to a god – some don’t at all
Given is the way - to be Human Every Day
given is the way - to be Human Every Day

The child calls for momma - and momma calls the child
embrace each other - love just life for a while
pain seeks its wound - in a hearts hollow
claim your gift - unwrap your sorrow
given is the way – to be Human Every Day
given is the way to be Human Every Day

Some dance in them off beats - skip on the longer way
jump and fall deep down -into these mundane days
some crawl in loves maze - chasing every trace
up and down the reflection - in a lovers eyes
given is the way to be Human Every Day
given is the way to be Human Every Day

The child calls for momma - and momma calls the child
embrace each other - love just life for a while
pain seeks its wound - in a hearts hollow
claim your gift - unwrap your sorrow
given is the way – to be Human Every Day
given is the way to be Human Every Day

Simplicity Chased Trouble Away

Written By: Sofie Reed

It was a good old day - a special day
in this muddled world
a special day - indeed
when simplicity chased trouble away

A pregnant day- long passed due
the tide real high - folk got the clue
you don’t need that much
to be in touch with the love of you

Folk were dancing, smiling and laughing
some they even cried
Wondering why did it took so long
for simplicity to chase that trouble away

Folk were dancing, smiling and laughing
some they even cried
Wondering why did it took so long
for simplicity to chase that trouble away

What a day - you gotta remember this day
What a day - you gotta remember this day
when simplicity came around and chased all the troubles away

Outside The City

Written By: Sofie Reed

There’s a trail out of here
this shallow ‘n trendy atmosphere
Take a different route today
stop at concept – walk the other way

Find your way from under man-made shadows
there’s a better place
Wouldn’t have to keep so high to be
outside – Outside The City

Accessories and substitutes
have taken over the hood
listen to me - you know them shadows
will never do you no good

Find your way from under man-made shadows
there’s a better place
Wouldn’t have to keep so high to be
outside – Outside The City

When ordinary goes behind the clouds
gates open the picket mind
life’s glory shines all the time
Outside The City

Find your way from under man-made shadows
there’s a better place
Wouldn’t have to keep so high to be
outside – Outside The City

You got to find your way
out from under – man-made-shadows
you got to find your way
out from under – man-made-shadows
take a stroll outside – Outside The City
you got to find your way
out from under – man-made-shadows
you got to find your way
out from under – man-made-shadows

When ordinary goes behind the clouds
gates open the picket mind
life’s glory shines all the time
Outside The City

Open

Written By: Sofie Reed

Something’s stirring
at the bend in time
destiny’s unfolding
a better ground
the Cosmos blooms and Old wild roses
are coming back around
out from under the hidden

Forget-Me-Nots and rain
color me saved
I too can be brave
like a flower - Open

Time and time again
them flowers reach to change
what’ s been hardened
confused and estranged
the fireweed’s in the trenches
tell me there’s truth to come

Forget-Me-Nots and rain
color me saved
I too can be brave
like a flower - Open

If you’re lonesome and broken
weary and sad
these flowers are tokens
for all the love you should have
for your Heart to Open

Forget-Me-Nots and rain
color me saved
I too can be brave
like a flower - Open

Open your door - flower your soul
Open your heart - flower your love

The Village Rooster

Written By: Sofie Reed

The Village Rooster
got to have it
an eye for an eye
he don’t care
that Village Rooster
all ‘em chickens will go blind

Loves his shadow
makes him look real big
he struts ‘n picks ‘n pokes
with an evil grin - That Village Rooster

That crazy rooster
makes henhouses of feathers
and feathers of betrayal
He don’t know
wrong from right
or it from true

Have no worries
you know he’s just a rooster
crowing in ol’ Sam’s pen
roosters only get in your way
if you a chicken

the birds & the bees exporting his dream
shackled to the lost - that Village Rooster
have a little bit of mercy on him
and the blind chickens.

Box Of Prayers

Written By: Sofie Reed

This is where I keep a wheel of fortune
This is where I keep my dreams
This is where I keep all my recycling
This is where i keep myself
In a Box of Prayers

This is where I keep lucky dimes and chimes
This is where keep away from pain
This is where I keep the news at eleven
This is where I keep myself
In a Box of Prayers

This is a space for me and you and all the other ones to..
In a Box of Prayers

This is where I keep lost and found
This is where I keep hoping it’ll be OK
This is where I keep everyday
This is where I keep myself
In a Box of Prayers

This box I made all those times I’ve fallen
This box I made of forgotten things
This box I made to remember all the reasons
Why I keep myself, why I keep myself
In a Box of Prayers

Owl

Written By: Sofie Reed

“A wise old Owl sat in an Oak
the more he saw the less he spoke
the less he spoke the more he heard
why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?” (writer unknown)

Owl he felt so little he thought
in ideas Owl never got caught
Without a doubt he stayed true in the world
Don’t you wish we could
all be like that wise old bird?
Why can’t we all be like him
he’s a wise old bird..

And there Owl sat in his Oak tree
looking at you looking at me
and when he saw the things we do
he made himself heard:
-’You should try to be like me!
I’m a wise old bird’

Why can’t you all be like me
Why can’t you all be like me
I’m a wise old bird!

When you hear him at night
singing who-who
all his really asking you is why
tell me why...

Why can’t you all be like me
I’m a wise old bird

Tinder For Your Love

Written By: Sofie Reed

I see you flicker in the dark
I’m gonna catch that spark
Come closer - don’t be cold
Rise above – from down bellow

Light up, let go - to all that kindling in your soul
Light up, let go - to all that kindling in your soul
I got Tinder for Your Love
I got Tinder for Your Love

Strike anywhere - anytime
work that ember - don’t let it smother away
Flicker, baby – flicker no more
hey, You gotta keep it a glow
I got Tinder for Your Love
I got Tinder for Your Love

I wanna say a few words to you
what you need to do
keeping your flame upright and true
in flickering times

you got to get some spunk into your living
don’t act so cold
you got to get some spunk into your living
love is bold

light up, let go - to all that kindling in your soul
light up, let go - to all that kindling in your soul
I got Tinder for Your Love
I got Tinder for Your Love

Fallen Star

Written By: Sofie Reed

The moon looks so alone hanging in the sky
or perhaps I'm the one
perhaps I see myself in her
though I don't hang that high
neither do I glow - but I try

When I see the moon 
I catch myself
long for home
in some strange way
when i look at her
I feel as if I was a Fallen Star

Fallen Star in a foreign place
trying to heal my broken rays
A Fallen Star perhaps we're all
each a Fallen Star

Tell me when you see the moon at night
do you feel a longing so tight
as if you came
from up there
as if you were a Fallen Star

A Fallen Star in a foreign space
trying to heal your broken rays
Twinkle to me once baby twinkle to me twice
if that's how you feel
when you see the moon rise
Perhaps we're all a Fallen Star
Perhaps we're each all a Fallen Star

Discography


"Simplicity Chased Trouble Away" released 2012 includes 12 songs:

Glitter Girl
Leaving This Morning (by Ma Rainey and Thelma Davis)
Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
The Village Rooster
Human Every Day
Tinder For Your Love
Open
Outside The City
Peace Loving You
Why You So Negative
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (American Folk Song)
Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Williamson and W. Dixon)

"Baby Boo Got Gone" released 2004 include 11 songs:

Take A Step
Phoenix Dragon Heat
Box Of Prayers
Owl
Baby Boo Got Gone
Cloned Pickled Love
Who's Got Their Soul
Heartbreaker's Post
Fallen Star
Pilot Car
Funky Rattle