by Karl Jannuska

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MIDSEASON is Karl Jannuska's fifth CD as a leader and is comprised entirely of his original music and lyrics interpreted beautifully by two of Canada's most talented vocalists: Sienna Dahlen and Denzal Sinclaire. While Karl is often considered a "jazz" drummer, the music on Midseason leans more towards alternative indie pop and combines his unique drum grooves with catchy melodies.


released May 6, 2016

Music, lyrics and drumming by Karl Jannuska
Sienna Dahlen & Denzal Sinclaire - vocals
Tony Paeleman - piano, Hammond organ, keyboards
Pierre Perchaud - guitar
Julien Herné - electric bass
Andrew Downing - 5 string cello
Sonia Cat Berro - additional vocals

Mixed by Tony Paeleman
Mastered by Nate Wood


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Karl is a canadian drummer and songwriter living in Paris, France.


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Track Name: Midseason Rise
Beleaguered goats
Dashed early hopes
Disgruntled cries
Dejected sighs

Butt of the jokes
Against the ropes
Elusive prize
First half demise

Midseason rise
Plays synthesize
Team harmonized
(Victorious eyes)
Midseason rise
Track Name: Dear in Headlights
Decisions weigh on your mind
They numb your instincts, break your spine
Hesitation leaves your hands tied
Your bright future renders you blind

You are a dear in headlights
The fear is in your eyes
You stare into uncertainty
And feel paralyzed

Heart races through the day
Your breath shallow lost its way
Dread fills you to the bone
In consolation you’re not alone
Track Name: Selective Memory
Photographs of you
Etched in long-term memory
Smiles and love abound
Sorrow, fears no longer found
Hot summer nights reviewed
Coldest arguments eschewed

Under lock and key
My porous memory renews
Destiny has dealt my life sentence
Selective memory for you
As I look at all of these precious
Selected memories of you
Left to wonder how in the world I
Rejected you

Now don’t get me wrong
Default friendship makes me strong
Wishing you the best
I’ll get on in loneliness
Rewritten history is
Desert island company

Under lock and key
My porous memory renews
Destiny has dealt my life sentence
Selective memory for you
Ponder as I look at these precious
Selected memories of you
What would I recall if I never
Selected you
Track Name: Earlybird
Early riser, keener than the day is long
Sits atop his perch to sing the world his song
With his young and immature voice cackling
Confidently gives the song his everything

Where did you go
Early bird,
Lost your dream?

Jaded and old
Too much learned
Too much seen

Feathers grey his voice is strong and shimmering
Understands the world’s no longer listening

Older, wiser, deeper than the day is long
Sits alone and sings himself his favourite song
Does not realize his voice is being heard
By an audience of one young early bird
Track Name: Montreal Ballet
Have you seen the
Montreal ballet
Baring talents shamelessly
Montreal ballet

Night or day
Montreal ballet
Supple bodies on display
Montreal ballet

College boys
Try in vain
Cannot seem to look away
Blushing as they pay

Birthday suits
Skin parade
What would old Sainte Catherine say
Turning in her grave

On the Main
Front and centre stage
Buxom wishes entertained
Images ingrained

Now you see the
Montreal ballet
Dancing in your wildest dreams
Montreal ballet
Track Name: Canada Famous
Don’t need to be the world’s greatest
Just want to be Canada famous
And if that seems overambitious
Manitoba famous
But in my dreams I’m Canada famous

CBC, staple of the playlist
Juno me I’m Canada famous
And if that seems overambitious
Manitoba famous
But in my dreams I’m Canada famous
Track Name: Beautiful Fragility
Sunlight shines on open wounds
Exposing them to the world.
Do not hide the bleeding.
Sunshine is healing

Hold your chin high.
Take pride in your eternal vulnerability.
The whole world bleeds
Beautiful fragility
Track Name: My Head is a Music Box
My head is a music box
A place of refuge
For melody

Notes twirl like ballerinas
On my own private
Grey matter stage

Inner voices make
A sonic mattress
With sheets of sound

Slip into bed, disappear
And take my refuge
From daily life
Track Name: Greener Grass
I’ve been lost, I’ve been found hidin’ away
Lookin’ for greener grass to pave my way
I’ve been low and I’ve been high ridin’ the waves
Searchin’ for greener grass to change my ways

Shined an incandescent light into my soul
Looked into the corners that I dared not go

Shine a light, shed some tears, watch it grow
That is how greener grass’ green will glow

I’ve been here, I’ve been there wastin’ my time
Waitin’ for greener grass to change my mind
Been to Heaven, been to Hell and in between
Prayin’ that greener grass fills my dreams
Track Name: Sing Her Praises
Ungodly hour of morning
While dad’s asleep and snoring
The hockey mom amazes
That’s why I sing her praises

Her heart is warm with coffee
She cheers from bleachers frosty
A pro with giant laces
That’s why I sing her praises

Eternal helping hand
Maternal die-hard fan

The sight of blood unfazes
Gives post-game pop and raisons
She wipes tears from young faces
That’s why we sing her praises
Track Name: Sunday Jog
Donning unblemished Nike
I face the bright
Midday sun

Ear buds pump shuffle play
I’m on my way
For a run

My feet have left the ground
My heartbeat pounds
A Sunday jog

A weekend on the town
Has turned me upside down
The sober pace I’ve found
Will turn me back around

Dry mouth, hung over eyes
Your stares surmise
Weekend sin

Sweat drips down unshaved face
Wine and gin
Track Name: Do I Hear Happiness Here?
Do I hear happiness here?
Is this singing that I hear?
What are all of these cheerful sounds?
Can’t you see that I’m feeling down?

Hey kids, don’t you dare change my mood
I’m quite happy to sit and brood
Do I hear happiness here?
Winsome voices disappear
Track Name: Sleeplessness
When I close my eyes
Playing with my mind
Tossing, turning
Slumber yearning

When I see the time
From the daily grind
Made a mountain of
Sheep I’ve counted

Solitary bed
Echoes in my head
World is sleeping
Morning creeping

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