Hong Kong Harry

Hong Kong Harry
Written by Reynold Philipsek 1994 copyright Zino-Rephi Music
Guitars, voice, bass. Keys-Reynold
Trombone, trumpet-Zane Schaefer
Trumpet-Lowell Larson
Drums-Steve Read Smith

In 1994, my wife and I made a two month around the world trip, which included Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Holland, and England. I then wrote and recorded the “Global Home Movie” album which, to this day, is one of the most popular recordings I have ever made.
Hong Kong Harry” is a unique song in my canon. It is essentially a film noir soundtrack with me doing a voice over in the style of a film noir private eye.
This is probably a strange take on Hong Kong (which at the time had not been reunited with China).
Obviously the story is meant to be a humorous take on the film noir genre which I deeply admire.

CLICK HERE to have a look at the video and see for yourself.


I will soon record a piece I worked on during my two month stay in Naples.
It is called Persnickety.
I proceeded from the title which means:

“Placing emphasis on minor details, fussy. Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach.”

This meant writing somewhat detailed music that also makes a lot of use of space as well as intricate patterns.
This challenge was a good starting point.
I also liked the sound of the word “persnickety”.
It sounds like the kind of title Monk would use.

I labored long and hard on this piece which is something that is becoming my method more and more as I get older.
This approach can pay high rewards if one is patient enough.

When the piece is finished I will most likely have a YouTube video created for it and when that is up and running I will post the link here.
Look for that by Spring.
In the meantime, I am happy winter is nearly over and while I was away, a lot of new performances have been posted on the Shows page.