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Astoria

(Composed and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek
2010 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

Guitars, vocals – reynold
Harmonica – Clint Hoover
Bass- Jeff Brueske
Percussion – Michael Bissonnette

There are three existing recorded versions of Astoria. The original on the “Anthology” album, a version on the East Side album of the same name, and this vocal version which is essentially a remixed version of the original with vocals added.

The song is in the Nuevo Tango style, which was popularized by the great Astor Piazzolla. The song is cast in the 3/3/2 Nuevo Tango rhythm (dotted quarter note, dotted quarter note, quarter note). The chordal rhythm is arpeggiated, which is something Piazzolla often did, and reflects his Bach influence.

I named the tune “Astoria” in honor of Piazzolla but when I created the lyrics for this song “Astoria” took on the meaning of some idyllic place, ergo the lyrics have that sort of colorful imagery.

Simplicity is the key ingredient though simplicity does not mean simple-minded. A piece of music can have a simple directness and still have an underlying subtle complexity. I am pleased with the tight concision of this record. It could almost be a “single” as prescribed during the heyday of the 45’.


BE Safe. Take Care.Reyn

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AfTVHXcktg

“Odds and Ends”

(Written and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1995 copyright)
Guitars, vocals-Reynold
Drums-JR Hammond
Bass-Luke Kramer
Cello-Ellen Gilson
Horns-Zane Schaefer
Engineer-Stymie Seamans

In 1995 I tried to write something akin to a “musical” called “House of Curiosities.” I wrote all of the tunes and assembled them on an album in 1995 by that name. This tune is the grand finale piece.

The project was not among my more successful ventures but it did bring forth a few good songs that otherwise would not have been. The “story” for the project was shaky at best but I’m glad I tried it.

Be safe. 

I do have outdoor gigs on the schedule in the next few months. See reynold.com or my Facebook events for details.

Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nBc45sJ7dsU

“Harsh Reality”

(Reynold D. Philipsek)

When you really stop and think about it
this is a pretty scary place,
You are dropped into existence from some unknown outer space
And slapped into animation
(That’ll put a smile upon your face)
Yes, it’s a harsh, harsh place

So you scramble to get the gist of it and learn the vague unwritten rules
and negotiate the distance between the “real threats” and “utter fools”
and beat back the persistence of the phantoms, ghosts, and ghouls
Yes, it’s a harsh, harsh place 

Quaint Old Vale of Tears

(Reynold D. Philipsek)

My Roman Catholic upbringing and 12 years of parochial education still shows some resonance.

This verse recalls the congregational recitation of a Rosary or Novena where the priest would intone a short prayer and the congregation would reply with a repeated response in a low monotone.

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Gone the halcyon days I trod the boards to mighty cheers
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

These days the music of my youth only brings a ringing to my ears
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

And ennui’s no longer assuaged by copious whiskey shots and beers
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

And self-image upheld by vampire-like avoidance of all mirrors
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

As fine young girls return wry smiles with condescending sneers
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

And every little ache and pain stirs some primal mortal fears
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

It’s hard to resign yourself to the accumulation of the years
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

So let’s devise some slick diversion as the grim reaper slowly nears
More trials and tribulations in this quaint old vale of tears

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