Composed and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek 2015 copyright
Keys- Gregg Inhofer
Bass- Matt Senjem
Percussion- Michael Bissonnette
The director of the documentary “A Life Well Played” asked me to write a song especially for use in the film. He wanted to show the development of a tune from writing, rehearsing, and recording.
I was working on a song called “October” at the time and suggested that.
He liked the tune (which served as the main theme for credits as well) but wanted me to change the title.
So I called it “Up Town.”
The film did make the 2016 rounds of Film Festivals in the US and Canada and won Best Documentary Short for Rene Erickson (director) at the Highway 61 Festival.
“Chrysanthemum” (Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 2018 copyright)
I wanted to write a piece that simulated the blooming of a flower. This was best achieved (I reckoned) by harmonies that would grow or “bloom.” The harmony does owe some to the influence of Wayne Shorter, who is a master at this sort of thing.
It is a bit difficult to improvise on the changes but is completely doable if you take time and listen and above all try to develop an idea. I am joined by most old and dear friend Gregg Inhofer, who is a very under-appreciated musician in my opinion.