A Life Well Played Now Available on YouTube

The award-winning documentary about the life and career of Reynold Philipsek, A Life Well Played, now available free on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StVG2TaKqbw.

A Life Well Played was screened across the U.S. and Canada during the fall 2016 Film Festival circuit, and was awarded “Best Documentary Short” honors by the Highway 61 Film Festival.

Film Synopsis
What would it be like to do exactly what you wanted with your life? Just ask Reynold Philipsek. Explore the life, music and motivation of eclectic guitarist and prolific composer Reynold Philipsek in this documentary portrait, A Life Well Played. Reynold shares stories from his fifty-year musical career and numerous songs from his catalog of over forty CDs, and fans, fellow musicians and Reynold¹s life partner, Mary, share stories of their journey with Reynold. Includes numerous live musical performances and archival materials spanning a lifetime in the music industry.

Purchase the DVD
A DVD of the documentary, with over an hour of DVD extras, is on sale exclusively at https://reynold.com/my-music/life-well-played-dvd-audio-cd-bundle/. The extras include eight solo acoustic guitar performances by Reynold, and an “Up Town: From Concept to CD” feature which follow Reynold as he writes, records, mixes and masters the documentary theme track, “Up Town.”

Visit https://reynold.com/ for Reynold’s performance schedule, free MP3 downloads, blog posts, and links for purchasing selections from Reyn’s back catalog at iTunes and cdbaby.


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Rembrandt von Rijn (1603-1669)

Rembrandt von Rijn painted about 50 paintings of himself as well as 32 etchings and 7 drawings he created on the same subject. In this age of the “selfie” many may be inclined to think that this predilection is self-indulgent but I don’t think this is the case with Rembrandt.

First of all, in the 17th Century such artwork was not even classified as a “self portrait.”
Often painters did paintings of themselves because it was easier than getting a model to sit for them.

In Rembrandt’s case the “self portraits” are so objective that it is very obvious that he was not intending to create a flattering representation. These portraits which create a sort of visual diary span four decades and more than anything show his evolution as a painter and artist. His last “selfies” not only depict the artist as he aged but show just how much his art had changed. His painting became more free and the slick realism of his early work transformed into a very modern and indeed almost futuristic style that in many ways can compare to the Impressionistic work to come two centuries later. For me, these works give new meaning to the word “introspection.”