Beatnik Pie

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek copyright 2010 Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

Like several “signature” tunes of mine, there are several recorded versions. This is the only solo guitar version.

I have had a fascination with beatniks ever since I watched Dobie Gillis on television in the early 1960’s as a little kid. Dobie’s best friend was the bearded beatnik named Maynard G. Krebs. Maynard played bongos and would shriek “work?” each time someone said that foul word in his “bohemian” presence. Somehow I admired that attitude.

My other television memory of the “beatnik” world comes from the Sid Caesar show. Sid played a beatnik/bebop musician that is being interviewed by Carl Reiner.

Reiner asks Sid, “How many guys in your band?”

Sid answers, “We have four cats in the combo. One on piano, one on drums, one on bass, and one cat on radar.”

“Radar?” Reiner asks.

“Yeh, he lets us know when we are getting too close to the melody.”

It is amazing how impressions like that can stay with you.

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