Tales From the North Woods

“Tales From the North Woods”
composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek /Zino-Rephi Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved

An odd thing occurred a few weeks ago. I entered a friend’s home and heard some music playing in the background. The music sounded vaguely familiar.

My first reaction was that I kind of liked the music and was pretty sure I had heard it before. I tried to place the song and artist. Then it came to me. It was my song and my recording from about ten years ago.

Immediately my enjoyment was tempered and realizing it was me I could only remember its faults. But for a few brief moments, I could hear myself in a very objective way. This is a very rare thing.

The piece was “Tales From The North Woods.”

I had forgotten about this song because it never became a part of my active performing repertoire. I now see there is a certain charm to it and I remember that I chose the title as an homage to the Strauss composition “Tales from the Vienna Woods.”

I can appreciate this piece better now and I am glad I documented its existence. And for a brief moment I could hear my own music as if it were not a part of me and happily I liked what I heard. For a moment.

Link: https://youtu.be/QEB3xkns6xM

No Nothing

“No Nothing”
Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek / Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved

When I initially wrote and recorded the song, No Nothing, the lyric (as on this recording), began with, “my grandpa went to see the doctor.” When I perform this tune these days, the lyric is now, “I went to see the doctor.”

The song is obviously about the encroachment of age and the physical changes that attend aging. It’s very challenging to be funny in a song. Randy Newman is one of the few songwriters who can pull this off.

Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oVJ8SriV-tg

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