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Johnny Appleseed

(Composed and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek
2013 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitars, vocals – reynold
Percussion – Michael Bissonnette
Acoustic bass – Matt Senjem

I’ve rewritten some of the lyrics to this song this past summer. We remodeled our house this summer so why not remodel some songs as well? It (new words) improves the whole idea too, I think.

The idea being, that as a lifelong itinerate musician and songwriter, you are continually trying to plant a few “seeds” of thoughtful grist. Sort of like sending off a message to the future with any luck. Probably too much to hope for, but I know all songwriters hold this hope, even if they won’t admit it.

It’s like trying to tell some unborn listener that we were anxious too, and indicate what the human predicament was like for comparison. The lyrics in this original version are a little too flat-footed and obvious for my taste now. I probably will include the new version on a solo video set I want to make next year, if things get better.

Be well. Stay safe. Have hope.

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Jazz & Other Thoughts During the Pandemic

The past few months have inspired me to do a lot of self-reflection. If you’ve read some of my recent blogs or social media posts, you’ll see that I have even been sharing poetry that’s come to me during this time. This past month, I was interviewed on KBEM to talk about my influences in jazz and thoughts during the pandemic.


(Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI All Rights Reserved)

I have a certain fondness for this piece and play it often on gigs. When I play it with violinist Gary Schulte, it is especially good because he plays the melody so fluidly, and that isn’t easy. The harmonic “cycle” of the tune also appeals to me.

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(Written and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1998 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitars, bass, vocal-Reynold
Violins- David Haugen, Karen Dahl
Percussion-J.R. Hammond 

In the late 1990s, I went back to a pretty intense Jobim period. I say “went back to” because I had already played plenty of his music since I was about 20. I came up with this song at that time. 

At the time, I also was into this very “minimalistic” phase and played guitar solos with my right-hand thumb only, which further pushed me into a sparse approach. My idea at the time (I’m prone to various manias) was that by only using my thumb I would be forced to make good note choices.

John Hammond (engineer) and I also worked hard to make the recording as 1960’s authentic as we could. That in itself was fun. It’s odd to listen to early recordings because, after all of this time, it is very close to (or as close as one can get) to listening to someone else.

Even though this recording is more than 20 years old, I put it on the more recent “Last Summer” album simply because it fit. As the summer fades (as it sadly always does) I wanted to send one more “summer” mood your way.

Be safe. Have fun. But safe fun.

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