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

17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had such an effect on me that in my early thirties, I decided to go to art school part-time to learn how to paint with oils.

After two years, I realized that as a painter, I was merely an enthusiastic hobbyist but I’m glad I learned how to draw and the process of painting with oils.

This piece is my appreciation of Vermeer. It begins and ends with a musical canon (like a “round” the same music begins at different times to create counterpoint).

Because Vermeer was such a master of form and balance I thought that the inclusion of a canon was the right touch to precede and follow the improv section. 

Take care and be safe. 

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Rara Avis

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

Played the final outdoor gig of the summer last month. It was a nice gig at the Edina Centennial Lakes outdoor theatre. It was well attended and the trio (Gary Schulte, Jeff Brueske, and I played well.) thanks to everyone who came out to the 7 or 8 outdoor shows this summer. Hopefully when this horrid situation resolves more gigs will be possible.

Sometimes I write and record a tune that I think really has something but it doesn’t fully connect with the audience at large. This is one such tune. I still like it but even when I put it in the live set it only gets a lukewarm reception.

Oh well, that is the life of a musician for you.

“Rare Avis” means rare bird and that is what I pictured when I put this song together. The opening and closing D major “cascade” is supposed to simulate the bird ascending into the sky.

Stay safe. Be well. Peace.

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Edgar Allan Poe

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

Ever since I was 12-years-old, Edgar Allan Poe was a favorite writer. I was so smitten at that age that I had my mother make a black cape for me (for some reason I thought Poe wore a cape) and I would fill a notebook with some pretty bad gothic graveyard poetry. My mother was amused but my father thought I had a couple of “loose screws.”

Still, October puts me in mind of Mr. Poe. This song is a small tribute I wrote.

Be safe. Be careful.


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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