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.

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St Germain Street

Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek
Copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI
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St. Germain Street is the Main Street of my old hometown.
I have many memories of riding my bike down this street on a summer afternoon or walking home from high school on a fall day.
I haven’t lived in St. Cloud in over 35 years but I still do play there once in a while (like I will was on December 6).
This piece is my nod to that street and that time. I have tried to capture a late sixties jazz vibe like in a record by Wes in his Creed Taylor phase of that period.

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