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Rococo

“Rococo”
Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek, copyright Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)

“Rococo” is a tune I perform often, both with my small groups and solo.

The title stems from the ornamentation-like nature of the melody.

The most successful pieces I have composed mostly have one thing in common and that is a certain “inevitability” about them. In other words, they seem to proceed in a flowing and logical way.

The best music just sort of happens.

I am often surprised myself at what comes out. It is like these things are brewing in the back of the mind or I am merely taking dictation from a source greater than myself. I have never been able to “design” my creativity. It just happens or it doesn’t. Lots of waiting is involved.

Link: https://youtu.be/gGr1dRZ5yk4

Becoming

We spend most of our lives becoming. We are all on the quest to “become” the best and most relevant version of ourselves. For me, this becoming has been best exemplified by the music I have written.

This music, in it’s purest and most concise form, is the mirror reflection of my becoming. Part of it has been the result of the processing of life’s trials and tribulations.

I have slowly learned to let go which, in itself, is a slow if not lifelong ordeal. Part of letting go means courting dignity and grace in the face of disappointments. And disappointments are many in the life of most musicians because unreserved intention and even talent do not guarantee success.

I have no idea why I have been so driven and relentless in creating my little tone poems, but something deep inside myself assures me that it is the best use of what talent and instincts God and nature have provided me with. It’s the best way I can serve the greater good during my time in this quaint old vale of tears.

As my wife often reminds me, “all you can do is all you can do.” All of this, of course, is an effort to, in some small way, best express what Maurice Ravel called, “life’s mysterious thrill.”

Sailor

“Sailor”

This album was recorded in 1973. It is now considered a sort of “minor classic” in a genre loosely called “Prog Rock.”

I don’t really know how to feel about the record now. It is so long ago and I was a much different player at this early stage. I occasionally see the album for sale from various rare record sources and the price can vary between $50.00 and $200.00. If I would have known that, I would have saved more than a couple of copies. Record collectors from Japan, Italy, and Brazil have contacted me about getting a copy and since I want to save the few copies I have, they have to look elsewhere.

You can see who the players are in Sailor if you click on See More and scroll down.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yrzq7JJCaw

Gotham

“Gotham”
(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Phililpsek, copyright 2013 Zino-Rephi Music BMI, All Rights Reserved)

A few years ago, I ran across the tragic story of American pianist William Kapell (1922-1953).

Kapell was considered the best of the young American pianists when his plane, returning from his tour of Australia, crashed just before landing in San Francisco in October 1953.

I became very fascinated with Kapell and ordered the CD box set of his recordings. Up until just a few years ago his recordings were out of print and RCA wisely decided to remaster and reissue them with a very informative booklet in the box set.

I wrote “Gotham” as a sort of homage to Kapell. In the song, I quote a part of the Prokofiev Third Concerto, which Kapell had made an excellent recording of in the late 1940s.

Since Kapell was a native New Yorker, I also tried to evoke the feeling of that city and ergo the title and video images as well.

Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFpQTd9BFtI

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