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IMG_7864 Six Songs Written, Produced and Performed by Karl J. Niemiec

At the end of 1979, at 24, I left Hollywood and went back to Detroit to work with commercial agents, hang with my Pop, do research on The Polish Gang, and be a bartender in local dance bars. To keep myself writing while away from The Invisiblesmy 1929 Underwood,  I  bought a couple guitars  and started writing songs on  napkins.  A year later when I arrived in North Hollywood, I  started working on Young & the Restless as Eddie the Bartender and with that money I took a few of those 50 plus  songs into a  recording studio.

Catch them on Itunes soon.

In 84, I made  enough money from working on the ABC Olympics to  either continue producing music or buy a computer and  go back to writing books and scripts. The  computer won  out. So, Doing The Gangster wasn’t finished, nor the album The Invisibles,  but the book The Polish Gang was  successfully turned  from a screenplay into a novel about my family. And  thanks to finally letting it go, some of you are kindly reading it around the world today.

Below is what that trip back to working in Detroit inspired me to create. The cover shot of that never finished album was shot in LA. And like much of my work back in those days, beyond auditioning for Star Search and singing once at The Palomino I didn’t show these songs around to many people. So those of you who got to know me over the years, this was what I was doing back in those North Hollywood Days before I met you or saw you again.

Luckily recently, 30 some years later, I’ve met a couple guys who jam with friends and they have inspired me to digitize all of my songs from back in those NH Days. I’ve invited them to drop tracks down here in my studio.

Below the studio record songs are a few love songs we might work on coming up here at KJN Studios. Looking forward to it.

Finding my music bone again has allowed me to enjoy music like I once did as a kid growing up in and around Detroit, Michigan.

In fact, the night of  my 6oth birthday, I listened to twenty of my songs for the first time since the mid 90s and was able to literally travel back in time in my own personal time machine and jam on digital drums with Karl Dare back in his NH Apartment until 2 am, while never leaving right here in Carmel, IN. All through my headphones, not disturbing a soul.

I’m still smiling. It was a riot. The magic of having recorded every session that I played back in those days while writing all those songs as they progressed into what they are. A true gift from young single Karl to this happy dad Karl. A musical blessing to be sure.

I will always be thankful for having the forethought to do that. And plan to do it all again with today’s technology right here in KJN Studios with the help of a JamHub. The real magic, is that other than those few hours in the studio, I’ve never gotten to jam with anyone. And now after all these years, I’ve finally found guys who want to jam with me and my music.

Thanks for listening.  KJN

When Will I See You (just to run to school)

CADILLAC CITY NOW

MILLION DOLLARS

DIZZY LITTLE GIRL

SHOW BIZ GIRL

DOIN’ THE GANGSTER

Theme Song for The Polish Gang, featured in the book, and soon to be release PodCast.

Get it in Paperback or Kindle and Nook, from LapTopPublishing.com by Karl J. Niemiec.

PolishGangKindleCover6-10-13Historical Romance set in 1929 Detroit, based on my pop and his family when they were bootleggers and ran a blind pig.

 
VIDEOS:

Okay, in learning the next steps of this new editing software, Video Studio X9, I’ve moved onto the next song, a dance tune called Doing The Gangster. It’s my homage to both my family, The Polish Gang and my love of Film Noir. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to acquire needed footage and sound effects from Gangster Pictures such as a James Cagney documentary, and his film The Public Enemy, Brute Force with Burt Lancaster, and car footage from Machine Gun Kelly with Charles Bronson, along with a host of other 20’s films and docs I found on Youtube. The real fun part was that I was able to cut my own 20’s gangster footage, directed by Archy Dolder and shot by Roger Olkowski on Super VHS, into the video and try to sink my lips to the song, which worked not perfect but a little bit better than I thought it would. Regardless, this is just me singing, Jerry Bruno on drums and a bass player that I can’t recall. This is the first work track of my vocal as I began to teach them the song. The guitar, for good reasons, was dropped out. I’m actually reading the song aloud for the first time in the studio. This is as far as we got with it, before I went back to writing books and scripts, with the purchase of my first computer, and started rewriting the screenplay of The Polish Gang into the novel as I taught myself to use it. I found speeding the song up by 5 percent and shortening it by a minute helped it a lot. Anyway, this is where I was headed with my music and voice back in my 20’s. Thanks for listening, may the Gang be with you.

Okay, this has taken me a long time to let this one go, so no laughing at it. This was part of a TV Pilot called Midnight Rondevu, produced and directed by Archy Dolder who had Roger Olkowski shoot the show on Super VHS in Archy’s loft in downtown LA. This show was thought to be lost forever, but a copy was found damaged and I was able to cut around most of it and come close to sinking it with a remaster of When Will I See You (Just to Run to School). Shortly after this was shot, I bought my first computer with the money I made working on the 84 Olympics for ABC and decided to go back to writing books and scripts. Fortunately, recently I found all the music, books, and plays thought to be lost from the 94 earthquake in a box I thought to be my wife’s school books, and I was able to remaster the 6 songs that I had taken into Hitman Studios with the money I was making working as Eddie the bartender on The Young and the Restless. This is the song I sang for the first time in public for an audition on Star Search.

Happy New Year, everyone. This post is in memory of my best friend, Roger Olkowski, who gave my then new song, Million Dollars, to the disk jockey at the Scott Brother’s (Ridley and Tony) 1984 Christmas party without me knowing it. I stood there amazed as all at once, three floors of hundreds of stagnated people started jumping up and down and just going crazy. I love you, Roger, and miss you even more. To test this old brain, I wanted to learn one more thing new before the end of the year, so I learned a new editing program, Video Studio X9 (recommend it) and found I am now able to grab up videos off Youtube and turn them into HD and drop them overtop of my songs to see what it would look like if Disney had gotten a hold of me and my work back in the day. Doesn’t really link up, but the beat of the song does for the most part. It’s no wonder to me why that Holiday party started jumping.

 

10 SONGS TO BE COMPLETED:

I MET A GIRL

LOVE’S NOT FOR ANYONE WEAK AT HEART

OH GOOD LOOKIN’

THIS LITTLE GIRL’S HEADING FOR TROUBLE

Lyrics (pdf) This Little Girl’s Headin’ For Trouble

YOU’RE JUST A LITTLE GIRL

COUNTRY GIRL’S ALRIGHT BY ME

EIGHT-BALL IN THE CORNER POCKET

HELL BENT BABY

Lyrics (pdf) HELL BENT BABY

THOSE ARE THE THINGS I MISS THE MOST

Lyrics (pdf)  THOSE ARE THE THINGS I MISS THE MOST

Bridge is rewritten to read,

Why I left you I’ll never know.
I’m feelin’ so sad I let you go.

Why I left you I’ll never know.
I’m feelin’ so bad I’m eatin’ crow.
Why I left you I’ll never know.
My heart is so cold it’s set in stone.