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Through Rose Colored Glasses

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

For some listeners very acquainted with Chopin you might be able to spot a fragment from his “Barcarolle.” I use this fragment to create the piece. I feel an affinity for Chopin and Slavic composers in general as I have Polish ancestry (my grandmother was born there).

I take this modified fragment and proceed to touch on all 12 major keys. The trick was to do so without making it seem like a gimmick and to never interfere with the melodic flow. 

Please stay safe.

Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yMds-1Ty8d4

Never Mind

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2011 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

Sending out good vibes to all.

This is a link to a minor blues that, although I did on acoustic, is a sort of Tribute Miles and John Coltrane. 

I want to also send out some positive energy to Pat Martino who has been ill, though holding his own. Pat is a legendary guitarist from Philadelphia and has been like a mentor to me. I have been trying to stay in touch with him and he seems in good spirits.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfggU5DIUqw

Roma

(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek copyright 2000 Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitar-Reynold
Harmonica-Clint Hoover
Bass-Matt Senjem
Percussion-Michael Bissonnette
Recording engineer-Stymie Seamans 

Just wanted to pass on a little music for the week. Since it will be quite a while until there are gigs again, this is my way of sharing some music and, after all, that is what I was put on this planet to do, as far as I can tell.

I wrote this song 20 years ago and recorded it for the second (and most definitive) time with the East Side quartet.

The title “Roma” has a double meaning for me and in general. Of course, it is what Italians call Rome, and of all the cities I have visited, Rome is at the top of the list. But it is also what the Gypsy people of Romani origin are proudly called. 

This is a “live” in the studio/generally first take recording. My plan was to really go for an update on the classic early sixties “Blue Note” type recording. My guitar sound even came out a bit like Grant Green, I think. Kudos to Stymie.

I was also going for a sort of 1960’s Italian film score music style (Ennio Morricone?).

Stay safe. Be smart.

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

Someday Maybe

(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek copyright 2007)
Guitar, vocal-Reynold
Bass-Matt Senjem

I have recorded three versions of this song. I have done this with several songs of mine. This is justifiable in my mind. After all, Django recorded several versions of “Nuages” and “Manoir.”

This is the only existing vocal version of “Someday Maybe.” I had high hopes for this song and its wistful nature. I added words because I thought that might put the message across better. Sometimes a song you really think has something doesn’t fully connect and others just don’t see the point. Not yet anyway. Someday maybe?

I also really like the fully “orchestrated” version that appears on the “Picture This” album. I think if I could pair the vocal with that version I’d really have something. Hope springs eternal and I’m not doing a fourth version.

I think the hardest thing to do is to write a concise song with no “filler” that’s somewhat simple and still has some complexity and inevitability to it. The odd combination of being totally original and yet seemingly familiar. Tall order.

The hardest work is to make a song seem effortless. Still, even when you think you did exactly that the world at large might not agree. But those are just the conditions of the tournament and the fact that I have been able to live a dreamer’s life as a songwriter is good enough for me.

Stay safe.

Link: https://youtu.be/k42-7nIrsyA

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