(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had such an effect on me that in my early thirties, I decided to go to art school part-time to learn how to paint with oils.

After two years, I realized that as a painter, I was merely an enthusiastic hobbyist but I’m glad I learned how to draw and the process of painting with oils.

This piece is my appreciation of Vermeer. It begins and ends with a musical canon (like a “round” the same music begins at different times to create counterpoint).

Because Vermeer was such a master of form and balance I thought that the inclusion of a canon was the right touch to precede and follow the improv section. 

Take care and be safe. 

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Rara Avis

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
Zino-Rephi Music BMI All Rights Reserved)

Played the final outdoor gig of the summer last month. It was a nice gig at the Edina Centennial Lakes outdoor theatre. It was well attended and the trio (Gary Schulte, Jeff Brueske, and I played well.) thanks to everyone who came out to the 7 or 8 outdoor shows this summer. Hopefully when this horrid situation resolves more gigs will be possible.

Sometimes I write and record a tune that I think really has something but it doesn’t fully connect with the audience at large. This is one such tune. I still like it but even when I put it in the live set it only gets a lukewarm reception.

Oh well, that is the life of a musician for you.

“Rare Avis” means rare bird and that is what I pictured when I put this song together. The opening and closing D major “cascade” is supposed to simulate the bird ascending into the sky.

Stay safe. Be well. Peace.

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