St Germain Street

Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek
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St. Germain Street is the Main Street of my old hometown.
I have many memories of riding my bike down this street on a summer afternoon or walking home from high school on a fall day.
I haven’t lived in St. Cloud in over 35 years but I still do play there once in a while (like I will was on December 6).
This piece is my nod to that street and that time. I have tried to capture a late sixties jazz vibe like in a record by Wes in his Creed Taylor phase of that period.

Link below:

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.