The Laughing Cavalier

Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
Copyright 2011 Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)
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When I was a kid, my parents had a small oval miniature of a Frans Hals (17th Century painter) painting called, “The Laughing Cavalier.”

I think (not sure) that this small replica artifact came from my great grandmother who was born in Holland (most of my ancestors are from Eastern Europe but this is the exception).

This little print of the painting had a haunting effect on me. It hung near my bed.

Years later, I visited the Frans Hals collection in Amsterdam. My brief career as a painter (I went to school for oil painting for two years) was inspired by my interest in Dutch painters like Hals, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and especially Vermeer.

At any rate, in 2011 I wrote and recorded this short solo guitar piece.


Goatee and Shades

Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek
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Guitars by Reynold
Acoustic bass by Matt Senjem

The title is taken from the typical beatnik or bebop musician look. The music is essentially a minor blues but the changes go through some channels that are a bit more out of the typical pattern.

The whole point of the piece is to convey the laid back jazz groove that first attracted me when I was a kid.