Bikoff, Don – “Composia For 6-String Guitar” – [Tompkins Square]
Josh Rosenthal produced and re-released this 1968 debut studio release from Bikoff after hearing the musician interviewed on WFMU. The liner notes give sparkling snippets of insight into each track, perfect accompaniment for the lovely flow of his guitar as it interprets both his music and his philosophy, which are one and the same. Listen to the 6 strings as they spin images of the River Styx, old, peeling park benches, an Earth of Love, and comparisons of stars to humans. All this just through the instrumentation. The last track has a simple addition of bells that somehow transform the song into the cosmic statement it is.