(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2005 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)
Bass- Jeff Engholm
I sometimes forget about certain recordings until I hear them again by chance. In this case, while listening to Spotify this version of the tune came up. It was that rare time when you can hear your own music and for a second or two almost hear it objectively. Almost, after a brief moment of thinking “I know this music somehow,” it becomes quite clear and the illusion is shattered.
There are three recorded versions of “Roma.” One version on solo acoustic guitar and a very nice one with East Side (Clint Hoover, Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette). This recording was done with a core group I did two albums with in the early 2000’s.
The title “Roma” has two meanings:
First, it is the name commonly used for the city Rome. I really love that place and intend to get back there again before I’m singing in the heavenly choir.
The other meaning I also had in mind is the “Roma” people or “Romani” who are otherwise known by the exonym “Gypsy.”
I tried to summon a little of both ideas in this piece. Or at least as much as one can.
Take care and be safe.