(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2018 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
recording engineer-Stymie Seamans
I will try to highlight a few songs that I intend to “resurrect” for the 2023 live performance repertoire. There are quite a few songs that have been neglected and deserve a play. So the next few emails will feature such songs.
I really should add this one to the “active” repertoire again. I don’t think I have played this song very much in a live performance situation though I may have with violinist Gary Schulte a time or two. It seems like the kind of tune Gary could “sail” on. I could also “see” (hear) Clint Hoover on harmonica on this one someday.
Sadly, many songs I have written “fall between the cracks”. Some, of course, deservedly so but many should rightfully be kept alive. According to the BMI catalog I have written about 250 songs that have been recorded. Certainly they are not all “gems” but I only have about 35 original compositions on my live performance list and in 2023 I should include a few more pieces that have been neglected like this one.
Though this tune is a sort of “angular” blues like a Monk song I was also thinking of some of Prokofiev’s more tangy and sardonic melodies. Anyhow, I like the idea. A lot of vague harmonic diversion on a minor blues. Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) invented this sort of groove and vibe.
The title is as late 1950’s “Bop-Beatnik” as you can get.
Stay well. Be kind.