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.



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.”