(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2004 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI All Rights Reserved)

More than ten years ago I came up with the idea for “Butterfly” while jogging in the woods near my house. I watched the circuitous fight of a Monarch butterfly and the idea of the melody and mixing bars of 3/4 with one 2/4 bar came to me. That rhythm really did seem to match the butterfly’s flight.

This is my favorite version of the song.

There are five different recorded versions I know of and it’s the only song I ever wrote that has been “covered” by other people.

I really can’t help but feel that my Slavic heritage isn’t lurking behind this tune. Maybe there is such a thing as “genetic memory.”

Stay well. Wear a mask. Heed the truth.

Link below: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8j7cpuBecCU


(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2008,
copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI, all rights reserved)

If I have a “hit,” it is probably “Butterfly.” In terms of interest, radio airplay, and downloads it is by far the most played song of mine. I came upon the idea for the song while jogging one day in the wildlife preserve near my house. I saw a monarch butterfly and it’s circuitous flight gave me the idea for the circuitous melody which twists and turns in a combination of 3/4 and 4/4 bars.

The entire piece is centered around an E Hungarian “gypsy” minor scale which contains both the raised seven and flatted fifth.

Have a listen: https://youtu.be/O2YMyouB6gU