“All that matters is the moment & the emotion”

“….. ‪with this territory comes credibility & I guess this is priceless & Billie has it by the bucket load”

“Some people sell out, they get worn down or just become plain desperate for a payoff or hunger fame, but for others their music & words are non-negotiable. They never do the record company thing & can’t sway from their chosen path. Always true to their roots it’s in the DNA of their lyrics & their tunes. That’s Billie. Perhaps he knew he would never fit in. Honest & unpretentious with an almost indifferent disregard to what was fashionable & in the charts. He couldn’t & wouldn’t play the music biz game.‬

Billie Reid

‪Like so many before him, Billie honed his craft busking on the streets of Freo in Western Australia. At the heart of his songwriting I feel he is a poet. This may sound trite & perhaps clichéd in this present age of tortured sensitive artistes, but in essence I believe this is the truth of the matter.‬

‪Perhaps those like myself who have somehow stumbled across his small cache of songs have found some connection that defies the hype of what is trendy & shallow. We live in an age where packaging is everything & often the promised magic is a sad illusion of what we want it to be. Feast here, for Billie’s songs are a substantial meal for the hungry.‬

‪Yet nothing stays the same & ultimately this small cluster of songs are a hurried snapshot that captures the innocence & the promise of what could & what might have been. Some songs can & do have, a second coming, & perhaps with the benefit of some distance they can be revisited & appreciated with more clarity. I feel that Billie’s time has now come round & is worthy of a prolonged revisit.‬

Midnight Alibis

‪But Billie isn’t desperate for fame, he won’t play that game. Reclusive & flying under the radar he eschews the road of rock’n roll excess & fake outrage, & in his own way his game plan has made him the underdog. It’s a dangerous game fickle game that can lead to nowhere, but with this territory comes credibility & I guess this is priceless & Billie has it by the bucket load.‬

‪His songs are here … give them some time & they will slowly seep into your life. All that matters is the moment and the emotion. Simple words with honest musicianship”

John Young‬ [Contemporary Musicologist]

Ode To The Dudes