Chrysanthemum Thoughts

“Chrysanthemum” (Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 2018 copyright)
Guitars-reynold
Keyboards-Gregg Inhofer

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.

Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0vJtJZSqCM

Who Knows?

“Who Knows?”
(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2018 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Guitars-Reynold
Keys-Gregg Inhofer

I wrote and recorded this piece in the Spring of 2018.
“Who knows?” is a question I have been asking myself as long as I can recall.
Now that I am in my musical and physically mature years, I find myself becoming more of a minimalist. The songs on my last album “Picture This,” especially typify this development and this one follows suit.
The piece does end on a harmony that suggests a question but after all, so does the song’s title.
I am joined by my longtime pal Gregg Inhofer on this piece.


“Who Knows?” link:

https://youtu.be/WKhS05tbTvU


And we found this video of “Babushka” in the archives.
I forgot about it.
“Babushka” is a Slavic term for grandmother, or a name used for the typical headscarves worn. My “Babushka” (born in Poland) was called “Babushka” and wore one as well.
“Babushka” (written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2011 copyright)
“Babushka” link:
https://youtu.be/FZ5ZYzyIv4Y

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