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.

Link: https://youtu.be/z2nkQLr-Ki8

Hong Kong Harry

“Hong Kong Harry”
(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1994 copyright)

I originally wrote this piece for “Global Home Movie,” which was inspired by my 1994 trip around the world. On that trip, I visited Japan and China first, then Hong Kong.

I wrote tunes for nearly every leg of the trip (China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Athens, Rome, Switzerland, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, and London.)

For some reason, Hong Kong put me in mind of a film noir scene or Raymond Chandler story replete with hard-boiled detective voice-over narrative.

I started to parody the type of repartee these film noir sleuths spoke and tried to back it with appropriately orchestrated and typical American film music of the period and genre.

It was great fun.

I lean hard in the humorist style of my favorite writer S. J. Perelman in the spoken lyrics. 

Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5-YynqFtrUw

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