Hong Kong Harry

“Hong Kong Harry”
(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1994 copyright)

I originally wrote this piece for “Global Home Movie,” which was inspired by my 1994 trip around the world. On that trip, I visited Japan and China first, then Hong Kong.

I wrote tunes for nearly every leg of the trip (China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Athens, Rome, Switzerland, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, and London.)

For some reason, Hong Kong put me in mind of a film noir scene or Raymond Chandler story replete with hard-boiled detective voice-over narrative.

I started to parody the type of repartee these film noir sleuths spoke and tried to back it with appropriately orchestrated and typical American film music of the period and genre.

It was great fun.

I lean hard in the humorist style of my favorite writer S. J. Perelman in the spoken lyrics. 

Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5-YynqFtrUw

Hong Kong Harry

Hong Kong Harry
Written by Reynold Philipsek 1994 copyright Zino-Rephi Music
Guitars, voice, bass. Keys-Reynold
Trombone, trumpet-Zane Schaefer
Trumpet-Lowell Larson
Drums-Steve Read Smith

In 1994, my wife and I made a two month around the world trip, which included Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Holland, and England. I then wrote and recorded the “Global Home Movie” album which, to this day, is one of the most popular recordings I have ever made.
Hong Kong Harry” is a unique song in my canon. It is essentially a film noir soundtrack with me doing a voice over in the style of a film noir private eye.
This is probably a strange take on Hong Kong (which at the time had not been reunited with China).
Obviously the story is meant to be a humorous take on the film noir genre which I deeply admire.

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