(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2017 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
The idea was to depict the opening of a flower by “opening” up the harmony as this song evolves. It gets harder, as time goes on, to write music that satisfies. A big part of that is that by the time you have been doing it as long as I have, you have used up a big chunk of your reservoir.
I often will write a piece of music, only to discard it, because it is too similar to a thing I have already done. This one opened up (pun intended) a few new things harmonically. It probably isn’t very readily apparent but Wayne Shorter and Maurice Ravel both influenced this piece.
“Chrysanthemum” (Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 2018 copyright)
I wanted to write a piece that simulated the blooming of a flower. This was best achieved (I reckoned) by harmonies that would grow or “bloom.” The harmony does owe some to the influence of Wayne Shorter, who is a master at this sort of thing.
It is a bit difficult to improvise on the changes but is completely doable if you take time and listen and above all try to develop an idea. I am joined by most old and dear friend Gregg Inhofer, who is a very under-appreciated musician in my opinion.