Holly Reed | The Journey

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The Journey

by Holly Reed

Songwriter, Holly Reed, brings to life the 1800's travel journals and poetry of Benjamin Gunn. Her original melodies and finger picking guitar style will have you tapping your foot and singing along. Great music for a car trip.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Journey
3:02 $0.99
2. Mighty Ocean
2:08 $0.99
3. Storm
2:00 $0.99
4. Love
2:34 $0.99
5. Stop and Think
2:33 $0.99
6. Cruel Power
3:38 $0.99
7. Summer Solstice
1:17 $0.99
8. A Swain's Cogitations
2:34 $0.99
9. Arcadia in Verse
2:47 $0.99
10. Flight of Crows
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Holly Reed's finger style guitar, rich vocals, and catchy melodies create a captivating sound. Songs included on "The Journey," were written using the travel journals of Benjamin J. Gunn, 1865-1939.

"The Journey" takes you back to 1886 when Ben Gunn, at age 21, left his home in Arcadia, Kansas, and traveled across the country to see the Pacific Ocean. His first impressions of Los Angeles and the "Mighty Ocean" are a part of his poetry and travel journals.

After taking that first journey out West, Ben Gunn fell in love with traveling. He went on to visit EVERY county in every state in the union. Before his death in 1939, Ben Gunn's accomplishment was documented in Ripley's Believe it or Not. The article included a sketch portrait of Ben Gunn drawn by Mr. Ripley.

While traveling through the South, he found the girl of his dreams, and wrote a poem called "Love." The song, "Storm" reflects his reaction to racial strife in the deep South in the late 1800s. Ben Gunn was editor & publisher of the newspaper in Arcadia, Kansas for about 40 years. "Cruel Power" & "Stop and Think" are from his published commentaries on social conscience.

To read more about Holly Reed and, Benjamin J. Gunn, visit her web site:




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Jim Brumfield

A voice of the people
Holly Reed in her CD "The Journey" not only entertains and educates us but she also calls each of us to be part of something bigger than any one individual. Her work provides a voice for a journey whose time has come.

John Partin

Excellent theme
Retraveling a journey taken ages ago is clever enough; but when it has all been set to music, anyone can participate in the trip. Top notch idea, great songs, wonderful cd.

Beverly Wardlaw

Very moving. Beautifully interpreted.
The words are beautiful, written long ago. The artist puts them to very moving music. Very strong. Very thought provoking.