Babushka

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

Maybe it’s just me but this current situation has me reviewing my early life. Memories of the first years of my life are floating past in cascades. Which leads me to this song and memory.

A babushka is a term for a headscarf and also a Slavic term for grandmother. One of my grandmothers was born in Poland. We called her “babushka” and, incidentally, she always wore one. 

I remember the red roses she raised each year. I remember the halting English she spoke because English just never became a natural way of expressing herself. I especially remember she called me “Ronyal” because she just couldn’t get the hang of Reynold.

Please take care in this time.

Video link: https://youtu.be/FZ5ZYzyIv4Y

Reverie

I had a brief (two albums) association with chromatic harmonica player Clint Hoover.


In the space of about two years, we played lots of gigs and made nice music with Matt Senjem on bass and Michael Bissonnette on percussion.


Then Clint moved to Pittsburgh. 


This song, “Reverie,” is a tune I wrote specifically for East Side which is what we called the quartet.


I always have had a special affection for this piece and once we are allowed to perform in public again I intend to resurrect it.

Link: https://youtu.be/H7i4lwDQuZY

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