2009-07-10 / Community

Young Blue Eyes Warms The Rockaway Beach Scene

By Noel Flego

Marq Karpman's second CD, "Marq I Back to Back to Back," is available now. Marq Karpman's second CD, "Marq I Back to Back to Back," is available now. Although he has been performing in cabaret clubs and piano bars for more than 20 years, Marq Karpman released his first CD only last year.

"It was a collection of tunes I had in my head for a long time," Karpman says. "It came out all at once. I started singing at six or seven, but I didn't start writing until 2007. I didn't know I could write. But once you start, it just flows and naturally evolves."

His first album, "One Day You'll Be My Baby," is a collection of "simplistic, melodic tunes that I enjoy, and thought people my own age would enjoy, as well as younger people." For each CD sold, he donated $1 to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.

On one of the songs from "One Day You'll Be My Baby," called "Dancing With the Stars," he worked with Jamal Risbrook, the bassist for the band B.T. Express, a popular '70s group. He then sent the song to Paul Richards, a program director at 1100 WHLI Long Island, who "loved it immediately, and played it within one day of receiving it." "Dancing With the Stars" is still being played on 1100 AM.

This success encouraged Karpman to begin work on his second CD, "Marq I Back to Back to Back." Karpman was also inspired by an ill friend. (The song "Happy Daze" is dedicated to this friend.)

"Marq I," which is available on cdbaby. com, has already matched the success of his first album; he sent "Happy Daze" to Richards at 1100 AM, "and it went on within one day as well. Now my goal for the summer is to start doing live shows, and look for an agent and producer!"

Karpman writes and arranges his music himself, but as the only instrument he can play is the trombone he often collaborates with other musicians. On "Marq I" he worked with Michael LaGennusa, who "translated my tunes onto the keyboard."

Karpman's goal on the second album was to "take different styles of music and try to make them my own," while keeping them "simple and melodic."

"The main thing for me is for people to enjoy the songs. They shouldn't be too deep. I try to be upfront with my songs. They're very eclectic, and all different styles a la Billy Joel," says Karpman.

On "Marq I" the styles range from late '50s/early '60s ("Happy Daze") to swing ("Perfect Time to Romance") to folk rock ("Carolina").

While his songs encompass a wide variety of genres, Karpman's favorite period of music is the 1960s: "I like the Beatles, the Young Rascals, the Turtles, the Rolling Stones and Jay and the Americans."

Although Karpman is greatly influenced by older music, he believes that his music still appeals to younger people. He has created pop songs, like "Be My Girlfriend," a "Marc Anthony-ish" song on "Marq I."

"I've played for young people and they liked it as well as older people," says Karpman, who cites bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Pearl Jam as his more contemporary influences.

However, Karpman's two most important influences are Frank Sinatra and Rockaway. "My voice is very Sinatra-ish," he says. "And I've always been a Rockaway person; the beach inspires me to write.

The spirit of the beach is conducive to being a writer."

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