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.

Link to song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjV3VgAYabE

Edgar Allan Poe

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2010 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

Ever since I was 12-years-old, Edgar Allan Poe was a favorite writer. I was so smitten at that age that I had my mother make a black cape for me (for some reason I thought Poe wore a cape) and I would fill a notebook with some pretty bad gothic graveyard poetry. My mother was amused but my father thought I had a couple of “loose screws.”

Still, October puts me in mind of Mr. Poe. This song is a small tribute I wrote.

Be safe. Be careful.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BURy8LAiztQ