Richard Gilewitz | Mister Sputnik

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Mister Sputnik

by Richard Gilewitz

Mr. Sputnik was born in a hospital. Not quite a birth, but more of a rebirth. This quirky single is typical of Richard Gilewitz's acoustic fingerstyle guitar style of inventive, unpredicable, and fun.
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Mr. Sputnik was born in a hospital. Not quite a birth, but more of a rebirth.

My friend Waz, William Arthur Ziehl, called me late one night and left the message on my phone. “Yo Bro. I just died.” Of course I did what any good friend would do. I called him back to see how he was doing.

Apparently some heart medication collided and his tongue swelled enough to get him, shall we say, all choked up. According to Waz, he temporarily flat-lined, and before returning to the land of the uprights, had a dream that he was a robot – admittedly a reaction to hearing the machinery in the ER.

Proud of his 10 seconds of fame in the netherworld, he wrote a slew of letters to all of his doctors requesting to now be known as Mr. Sputnik. Claiming if he ever did croak and return to the robot world, he figured the name would serve him well. But, fearing he would not know how to properly defend himself among the robots, he began studying robotics.
Elated that my friend Waz was still alive and currently my only musician friend with an unofficial robot name, I wrote just about the happiest tune I could - rumored to be in the Key of A although it starts on an E chord. I thought it was only proper to include a minor chord within the tune to properly acknowledge his temporary demise, but being merely a 10 second episode, I only allowed for two beats out of a bar during a transitional move.

The tune, which will more than likely be arranged and rearranged for the duration of my career, seems to sit very well on both a 6 and 12- string guitar. I also noted a cozy spot existed on the 6-string with a capo placed at the 3rd fret. Both the 6 and 12-string tracks were recorded in impromptu fashion in only two takes each at my friend Kim Quick’s home studio, “Over the Edge Studio” in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. While in route to West Palm Beach to perform a show at the Kravis Center, I stopped to try out Kim’s gear and the tunes took on a life of their own.

Since I really liked the variations between the 6 or 12-string tracks, I elected to record both. This release is the 6-string version. If Waz could live in two worlds, then the tune could live on two guitars. Long live Mr. Sputnik!

Mr. Sputnik was brilliantly mixed and mastered by Tim Roberts of Nashville, Tennessee, who worked on my two previous releases, “Strings for a Season” and “Tasmania Live”.

Richard Gilewitz 2013



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An Astronomical Hit
Rocket scientists are jealous because with this instrumental Richard Gilewitz easily pushes beyond terrestrial limits. One can only hope that before an alien race lands on earth they get an earful of Richard's light-hearted and always impressive guitar work. They may decide we are worthy of being more than a food source and allow us to live and prosper. Just as with all of Gilewitz's recordings I suspect I will be giving his two newest releases lots of repeated listening time.