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.



(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek)

I did not grow up in a house where classical music was listened to. I came to that music on my own. My first exposure was to more modern composers like Ravel, Bartok, and Stravinsky.

I then sort of worked myself backward in time. Along the way I discovered Chopin.

Chopin resonated with me because he primarily wrote for his instrument in solo settings (piano) and he was Polish (as am I).

One of Chopin’s etudes is also called “Winter Wind” and I took that concept and applied it to this short piece for solo guitar. 

Everyone acquaints December with the start of winter which, in Minnesota, can be long and brutal. 

By contrast this music is neither long or brutal.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Az0H9Mkd4cD