Holy Fright

“Holy Fright”
Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2016 copyright Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)
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Toward the end of my mother’s long life, (she lived over 92 years) she had a form of dementia which caused aphasia. This means she could not speak and probably couldn’t decipher language. When I would visit her the last few years at the home she was living in, we would sit in silence. I got used to this because her doctors told me should would never speak again.

One day when a new patient was being brought into the fold, my mother took notice. This woman also had dementia but unlike my mother, this woman was very angry and acting out her frustration. My mother, who had not spoken in years to my knowledge, turned to me and said, “Holy Fright.” She then laughed. She never spoke again.

“Holy Fright” was something my mom had always said to express astonishment. Her saying this at this time astonished me.

I wrote “Holy Fright” in honor of this event.


Sasha and Dinu

“Sasha and Dinu”
composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2013 copyright
Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)

C Sharp Minor is a key that always puts me in mind and feeling of Slavic melancholy.

Slavic melancholy is a  condition that permeates a lot of music by musicians of that particular origin with myself included.

This “melancholy” is not all sad because a certain nobility is involved as well.

Considering the history of the region this is understandable.

Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin all famously wrote pieces in the key of C Sharp Minor.

The Sasha I refer to is Scriabin. The Dinu is the Romanian pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti.

We also have named our new female Havanese puppy Sasha.
(She is adorable and happy and not the least melancholy.)

Though the general thrust of this piece definitely conveys this Slavic element which is heartfelt for me and quite natural, there is also a very American component in parts of the piece.

It is very easy for me to “feel” this music and it is one of the things I love to play. Every morning it is one piece I play to start my day along with Chartreuse, Dark Eyes, and Through Rose Colored Glasses.