Stevie Wonder

Seems like I’m circling around my origins as a musician, which is my singer-songwriter phase. It’s been so long since I have done that sort of thing that many people familiar with my recent music and recordings aren’t even aware that I sing.

As I head back to this part of my musical identity I am revisiting the music of those artists who really influenced me.

Stevie Wonder is one such artist. A giant and in my opinion a true genius. And I rarely (almost never) use that term.

I am once again listening to his great recordings, especially the “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” album. Which, to me is amazing. Even 45 years later a true masterpiece.

I am currently putting the final touches on a recording a video done by my friend Rene Erickson, which will serve as my reentry point to the long dormant singer-songwriter aspect of my profile.

Sasha and Dinu

“Sasha and Dinu”

(composed and performed by reynold d. philipsek 2017 copyright. Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

I have been working on my solo acoustic guitar repertoire in order to prepare a recital program. I will probably film this recital at some point in the next year to be posted on Youtube or at my site.
My recent interest in the work of the great Slavic pianist/composers like Prokofiev, Chopin, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff have inspired this  move.
“Sasha and Dinu” is a piece I first wrote a few years ago but only recently worked up this current version. The tonal center of C Sharp Minor is ever present and comes directly from the influence of Scriabin, Chopin and Rachmaninoff who all used this tonality to great effect in creating what I call a mood of “Slavic Melancholia.”
“Slavic Melancholia” could be described as a state of being in which sadness, nostalgia, longing, despair, joy and hope are mixed together into a sort of psycho-romantic goulash. You find this mood in most Slavic art to some degree and being of that general persuasion myself I feel quite at home in this modality.
My theory is that years of oppression, poverty, cold winter nights, copious droughts of vodka and a soulful poetic nature all greatly contribute to the origins of “SM.”