Local Musician Sings Notes For 9/11 Orphans
Marq Karpman says he can still remember his family's summer bungalow on Beach 25 Street and when he and his brother would ride from their home in the Bronx to the bungalow on winter days just to be in Rockaway. They would wish the cold weather away so they can ride their bikes up and down the boardwalk all summer long.
Now, as a full-time resident in Dayton Towers since 1993, Karpman, a long time musician, took on the challenge of songwriting and is ready to spread his fresh new sound throughout Rockaway and beyond with his debut album of original songs titled, "One Day You'll Be My Baby."
"I want to be recognized as a song writer," Karpman said.
Karpman however, thinks he can succeed as a musician while making a difference in of the lives of many children.
In this spirit, Karpman will donate $1 of every CD he sells to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, a non-profit fund designed to provide long-term higher educational support, as well as mental and physical healthcare assistance to children who lost their parents on 9/11.
"I always wanted to help, but was never in the position to do so," Karpman said. "Now that I am, I decided to contact The Twin Towers Orphan Fund and send them my CD."
Karpman talked about the challenge of writing original songs and credits his success to the unusual method of first developing a melody and then creating the lyrics.
"I've always wanted to write original songs but it is either something that comes to you or it doesn't," Karpman said. "I spent many hours sitting in Starbucks trying to write these songs, writing them down on napkins as they came to me." And it has finally come to him. After performing for more than 20 years as a musician in cabaret clubs and piano bars, Karpman is releasing his music to the public.
"It is pop music. I've played it for young people and they liked it as well as older people," Karpman said. I have an older sounding voice but with pop rock form that expands through the ages."
Karpman cites his biggest influence as Frank Sinatra and that's unmistakable in his five song debut as an original songwriter. He cites his music as pop rock with melodic choruses, much like Sinatra did during his time.
Karpman's EP is available now through Karpman at Kost Productions, P.O. Box 170172, Richmond Hill, NY 11417.