Live at the Focal Point
For the full experience of the live concert, the physical CD is a must. Containing spoken word tracks of the songs completes the experience, especially if you take a quiet time out of this busy world to quietly sip your favorite drink and transport yourself to your own private concert. Better yet, invite some friends who need some quiet time also! "Live At The Focal Point" and Mick Byrd's songwriting in their words: "Mick is a songwriter with exceptional power." "Mick has an ability rare among singer-songwriters of the day, and that is to face the most difficult of life's confrontations head-on with grace, in a way that takes his listeners along for a very surprising journey." - Ellen Light, Host of Songwriters' Series, Focal Point Traditional Arts Center -St. Louis "Once known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Jade, this is just Mick and his guitar on a stage at the Focal Point in Webster Groves, Mo. A very good guitar player, songwriter and singer caught in a intimate setting with what sounds like a highly appreciative audience. I really enjoyed listening to these songs and will probably check him out the next time he's in town." - Michael Noland, The Midwest Music Review (April 1999) St. Louis, Missouri "The first time I heard Mick Byrd, I knew he had a special gift for conveying ideas and emotion through his lyrics. He truly has the ability to 'paint' a song, and that is a talent few songwriters ever seem to master!" - Brad Edwards, General Manager AudioLoft Recording Studios "...Not only is your pickin' style pleasing to the ears, but your poetic lyrics display a sensitivity to the human condition that is very much needed in these times. My friends and I recently had a discussion about the apparent lack of folk singers or protest singers in the currrent music markets. Every so often someone will actually sing about something that calls for an opinion or deep feelings. Your music rings with truth. Your portrayal of the thoughtful, hopeful garbage man is an excellent sketch recognizing the work of those people who are not usually seen by the Cadillacs in our society. I also liked your spoken defense of the folk singers. ...You and other singer/songwriters I have met in recent years are emerging with music that meets the needs of the heart rather than the market place. ...Thanks for sharing your music and good luck on your career development " - Philip J. Tremblay - Public Information Specialist, Solid Waste Management Program, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.