(Composed and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek 1994 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitar, bass, wind chimes, synth, and vocals – Reynold
Cello – Dianne Tremaine
Inspired by my one (and only) lifetime trip to China. This tune specifically was inspired by a side trip to Xian (the inner-land Chinese city that has the terracotta warrior excavation).
Xian is more remote than Beijing and offered us a glimpse at the rural, and still somewhat ancient, China. I was into a very “minimalist” phase at this point in my life and the music reflects it.
(Composed and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek
2010 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitars, vocals – reynold
Harmonica – Clint Hoover
Bass- Jeff Brueske
Percussion – Michael Bissonnette
There are three existing recorded versions of Astoria. The original on the “Anthology” album, a version on the East Side album of the same name, and this vocal version which is essentially a remixed version of the original with vocals added.
The song is in the Nuevo Tango style, which was popularized by the great Astor Piazzolla. The song is cast in the 3/3/2 Nuevo Tango rhythm (dotted quarter note, dotted quarter note, quarter note). The chordal rhythm is arpeggiated, which is something Piazzolla often did, and reflects his Bach influence.
I named the tune “Astoria” in honor of Piazzolla but when I created the lyrics for this song “Astoria” took on the meaning of some idyllic place, ergo the lyrics have that sort of colorful imagery.
Simplicity is the key ingredient though simplicity does not mean simple-minded. A piece of music can have a simple directness and still have an underlying subtle complexity. I am pleased with the tight concision of this record. It could almost be a “single” as prescribed during the heyday of the 45’.
BE Safe. Take Care.Reyn