(Written and arranged by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1998 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)Guitars, bass, vocal-ReynoldViolins- David Haugen, Karen DahlPercussion-J.R. Hammond  In the late 1990s, I went back to a pretty intense Jobim period. I say “went back to” because I had already played plenty of his music since I was about 20. I came up with this song at that time. 

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“Harsh Reality”

(Reynold D. Philipsek) When you really stop and think about it this is a pretty scary place,You are dropped into existence from some unknown outer spaceAnd slapped into animation(That’ll put a smile upon your face)Yes, it’s a harsh, harsh place So you scramble to get the gist of it and learn the vague unwritten rulesand negotiate the distance between the

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Snow on the Roof

“There may be snow upon the roofbut there’s a fire in the furnace”Another of Uncle Dave’s aphorisms that he would deadpan as if in earnest His jibes may not have been all his ownbut he delivered them with panachewith the skill of a great comic actordisconcerted and unabashed He lived until nearly ninety-fiveand never lost his witwith a joke or jest

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Stevie Wonder

Seems like I’m circling around my origins as a musician, which is my singer-songwriter phase. It’s been so long since I have done that sort of thing that many people familiar with my recent music and recordings aren’t even aware that I sing. As I head back to this part of my musical identity I am revisiting the music of

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Sasha and Dinu

“Sasha and Dinu” (composed and performed by reynold d. philipsek 2017 copyright. Zino-Rephi Music BMI)   I have been working on my solo acoustic guitar repertoire in order to prepare a recital program. I will probably film this recital at some point in the next year to be posted on Youtube or at my site.   My recent interest in

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