Astoria

(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

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AfTVHXcktg

Babushka

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

Maybe it’s just me but this current situation has me reviewing my early life. Memories of the first years of my life are floating past in cascades. Which leads me to this song and memory.

A babushka is a term for a headscarf and also a Slavic term for grandmother. One of my grandmothers was born in Poland. We called her “babushka” and, incidentally, she always wore one. 

I remember the red roses she raised each year. I remember the halting English she spoke because English just never became a natural way of expressing herself. I especially remember she called me “Ronyal” because she just couldn’t get the hang of Reynold.

Please take care in this time.

Video link: https://youtu.be/FZ5ZYzyIv4Y

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