(Written by Reynold D. Philipsek Zino-Rephi Musc BMI)
This song is my tribute to Joe Pass. I took a lesson or two with the great Joe when I was in L.A. in 1975 for a couple of months.
I had a two-month gig backing up a folk singer there (sort of a Jim Croce thing). I didn’t like Los Angeles and had depressive episodes both times I tried it. Maybe it’s just me.
The title is Latin for “time flies”. And it does. Sadly, too quickly.
(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