What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz..LA Composer/ Performer? You Are MY Peach.

 

Small autobiography under the picture:

I’ve been to NYC over the last 25 years maybe 8 times. Each time seems new because it is. NYC is always remaking itself keeping what is old and that has character but finding new spaces to squeeze in or build something new. For a composer and musician there is really no better place than NYC. New Yorkers are a cultured lot. I have thought I could live there, but this people magnet out-prices all of us who are average and is too busy for the regular breathing of my soul.

Please listen with earphones.  You’ll enjoy it more.

I decided to write a song for a spec job.  It is a Diana Krall type song.. and wholly appropriate for February 14.. Valentines’s Day.  I liked writing it and putting it down because the jazz genre is freeform and allows for innovation.  Composing and lyric writing is a good fit for me because I can do things the way I want, and I enjoy doing it at the same time.  That this song is jazz is why playing and performing the song fills my face with a smile.  Once I discovered how good it makes me feel to play jazz, it is where I spend and have spent my time training.  The spec job requirement was to write a sensual art song that uses food in the lyrics.  It was to be performed by me in an intimate 60 person setting in a 5 star restaurant while a chef prepared food dishes ostensibly suggested  by the song. In return my song and name would be ferried on social media.  I liked the given prescription for writing the song and how it was to be used. The lyric ideas are not a 100% description of me but show that I am a flexible composer who can write for different view points. The song title: You Are My Peach. I just happen to love peaches. Here is the first verse: A sweet peach/ To sweeten my drink/As I knock back one or two/Is like the right woman I think/A special sweet sauce/With a bit of a kick. Then the chorus: Bring me a peach/Tickle my nose with the fuzz/Juicy and so ripe/Round with curves/Sweetness galore/Pulling me onto the dance floor/For a night of bliss/Sealed with a kiss/It’s you/You are my peach. So what do you think?

The song had to be in C Major. No other key would do.  It’s a 4/4 Jazz Bakery song or a couple improv seductive dance. In the lyrics there is a drink with floating peach shreds, a peach pie, an apple, peach melba originally concocted at the Savoy in London to honor an Australian soprano named Nellie Melba, and creme brulee, divinity, and  peach liqueur.  Those foods are perfect to sip and eat with your peach by your side.  Every time I now eat a peach I am dreaming and waiting for my girl to pass into view so we can share some delicious moments.  It is amazing how a marketing idea can elevate an entire class of food.. in this case fruit. So whether you like honeydew or pineapple or a tangerine that peels easily or slippery mango slices or tart cherries that cause your lips to pucker or melons that gush and are juicy or sweet strawberries bathed in fondue chocolate and whip cream etc. it is easy to see that a musical allure built around some tasty fruits can be very stimulating.  I didn’t even have a peach in the house while I was writing the song, but I sure was stimulated to go  get some.

I thought I would work on this blog idea on my off-time while in NYC since  I  started writing it in Los Angeles.  NYC is a diverse environment that inspires but it was not a good place for me to write. The NYC pace is exhausting.  To write I need to relax.  NYC is all about moving about and rushing.  I like observing and then taking some time to think and feel.  There is plenty to observe in NYC but it is not a place to relax and shut things out for a while.  At the end of the short cold days and after sipping music and culture I was nothing but tired.

Lots of people to thank: tohunbo.adewale123 from Texas for becoming a FAN after enjoying And Then You Were Gone..definitely one of my personal favorites because it is pure jazz.  Yu-riNoda from Japan lined up behind That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be and Work Moves Me On..both upbeat and positive and Hello, a terribly honest piece about real sadness. Thank you.  Admin from California, definitely one of my devoted supporters, also listened to And Then You Were Gone and We Need To Live In The Arch Of The Rainbow. I am writing a choral arrangement for We Need To Live In The Arch…, a great song loaded with meaning! Joel361b in Michigan enjoyed She’s Got A Way and Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You..two ends of the spectrum and then I Just Can’t. Kristy Cameron in the UK:  she listened to A Game I Never Should Have Played Along With several times and I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me and There Is No One I’d Rather Travel With But You.  I appreciate that you focused on the honesty in my writing! Litsvaps@sengi.top “admired the lyrics”  in Hanukkah in LA….she is still in the holiday mode. Religious freedom is always in vogue. And just as I was writing the finishing touches for this blog Samia Rabia in Algeria became my FAN after listening to Near To You Is What I Want, the first song I wrote for someone I once fell in love with.  I am honored that you loved the song just a day before Valentine’s Day!

Let me say once again, when you listen to my music, you encourage me to see and feel more and then write more.  I am happy to be back home now.  After returning from NYC I was tired but definitely more knowledgeable and sensitized than before I left.

Please listen to You Are My Peach near the top of this blog.

Have a nice Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to include some music. I studied tap dance when I was a young guy and still do.  My teacher then was named Carol H. She loved Valentine’s Day more than all the holidays.  She was warm and loving and very supportive.  When Valentine’s day rolls around she is the first person that comes to mind.  Valentine’s Day is a day to continue to tell and show important people how much you care about them, and she did that.  Her students were important to her. She was very proud that I auditioned for a performing arts school and got in. She was dedicated.. not someone I could forget.  Carol danced until she could no longer dance.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

February 14, 2018

*** I didn’t get the job, but I enjoyed writing a song that I probably never would have written… a hidden surprise.

 

 

A kiss is the best Valentine present.

The Kiss by Edvard Munch at the Met Breuer.

 

 

Below see the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from our room just after a late night snowfall.

A Valentine’s Day window display in Polish Greenpoint.

A cap I picked up to remember The Band’s Visit..a special musical that is sure to get people standing up.

What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz? LA Composer/Performer? Until I Danced The Night Away With You..Dancing close to you..It’s the only thing I want to do.

A little autobiography under the picture…

I am sitting at a table in V’s Cellar Door, a Mexican Korean Fusion restaurant in Juneau.  It actually is in a cellar.  The entrance is down the staircase.**  The food was good (I ate an Infused Seared Ahi burrito with Kimchi), the atmosphere was nice, and the friendly people eating there seemed like professionals since it was only a handful of blocks from the State Capitol building.  V stands for Vivian a longtime resident of Juneau who started cooking out of a food truck and then opened her own restaurant and now still caters fusion food from her food truck. The people in Alaska are very inventive.  They need to be.  It is a hard life.  Downtown Juneau has a Brooklyn vibe, a favorite place of mine.  It is unusual for me, but over a 12 months period I have visited or will visit 3 pretty cold places. First was Labrador, next was Alaska, and lastly I will go back to Brooklyn for a celebration and some musical entertainment.  I actually love the cold that comes with a real winter since where I live is rarely very cold.

You will enjoy it more if you listen with earphones!

On December 27, 2015, I began this blog.  This entry is a soft drum roll announcing the 2nd anniversary of the blog’s beginning. Looking back I see that  there are 45 entries about my music and the hows and whys for each song  written.  After re-reading some of those blog entries, I think I may select some of them to be published as a pocket book to accompany my music.. sort of like when you read descriptions and sentiments from the artist when you go to visit and enjoy his/her art in a museum. Publishing a book of my writing is something I would never have imagined doing.  On this anniversary I feel extremely proud of the songs I have composed and the lyrics I wrote for them and my discussions that lay out how I built each song and why. For me writing music and keeping to a regular regimen of artistic expression is satisfying and a worthwhile job that gives me the hope I need to create a better future.  Just for this occasion I wrote a song set on New Year’s Eve 2017 about how dancing and finding love can be entwined, setting up the new year of 2018 to be a special one. Dancing is just one of the best ways of connecting with someone because you are only inches apart. It is hard not to see and listen and feel.  I was in that mood and decided to write about it. The title of the song is Until I Danced The Night Away With You.  I wrote it in F major. It has a special sound… a mild 50’s dreamy sound.  The chorus has a Grease feel with echoes of Unchained Melody.  I gave the bridge a little R&B and pop feel the way I designed it to be sung and as I sing it. For those interested, the chord structure of the song except for the bridge is F Major to D minor, B flat Major 7 to A7 sharp 9 to a G minor 7 F/A inversion, then G minor 7/C back to F Major. The bridge starts with an A7 sharp 9 chord to a D minor 7 moving to G minor 7 and back to a nice resolve for Verse 3.. using C Major. So you see the music is a mixture of major and subtle minor musical sounds. The last chord of the song.. F Major 7..I opened into a soft arpeggio on the piano ending the song in that classic 50’s fashion.  I was a genuine Eugene in Grease das Musical in Europe in part of 1999, part of 2000 and part of 2001. The music of Grease is definitely nostalgic and romantic and served as an inspiration for me to write this song.  This song could have found its way into the film Ghost or used instead of Earth Angel at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in Back To The Future. Most of the song flowed out easily while writing the lyrics down on paper or when composing at the piano. The musical genre was ‘in my blood’ since my Grease time; so the song was an easy write once I decided on what I wanted to write about.  That fact was good because about the same time I was writing the song I was caroling around town as a paid singer spreading holiday cheer for VOC.  I have been doing that for 5 years to feed my retirement account. Retirement seems far off but 25 years can fly by when working and having a good time most of the time.

Here are the first verse and chorus for what feels like a beautiful New Year’s song:

Thank you to georgemikemiller from Coupeville, WA for becoming my FAN while enjoying And It Will Be A Great Day WHEN.  That song is about the feeling of hope, a good quality to cherish and important for me.  Also thank you, Corina Pizarro in Carlyle, Canada for becoming my FAN after listening to my arrangement of Will You Love Me Tomorrow, a tres meaningful song.  I am in awe of admin in California for her continued devotion to my music.  She listened to I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me  and Any Part Would Be Enough and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be and She’s Got A Way.  Each of those songs speaks of love in a special way from different perspectives.

I look forward  to us speaking together through music in the coming year and also hope that in the new year the political turmoil will be taken to the dump so we won’t be distracted away from our best purpose.  I have written lots of music waiting to be recorded and a show to be put up. There is no shortage of things I need to do and want to do.  The release of my album Joshua Eli… In His Element will happen soon proceeded by the release of a couple of singles. I hope the New Year will be a productive and a healthy one for all of us. It is important we realize how important we are for each other and remember and act like that all through the coming year.

Happy Birthday to my MOM and Happy Anniversary to my PARENTS and Happy Birthday M E!  That ‘s 156 years altogether celebrated… with many more years to come!!!

Please listen to Until I Danced The Night Away With You at the top of this blog. 

Play it on New Year’s Eve.  It is a new song written for the 2018 new year. It can be enjoyable to listen to something new while creating a new memory.  Your comments are always appreciated.

Sincerely and with a spritz of love,

Joshua Eli

December 27, 2017 ….Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

**V’s Cellar Door

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz…LA Composer/Performer? Have you ever felt invisible?

 

A little autobiography beside the picture continued…

In November I went back to Alaska for my birthday.  In the picture I am holding a piece of ice that looked just like a piece of glass in size and thickness. I enjoyed seeing snow falling and loved its beauty dressing up Haines, AK… saw thousands of bald eagles and took loads of pictures of them…I really got good at it.  I discovered patience I didn’t think I had. …and saw the Aurora Borealis THREE times..Spectacular! The cold was not uncomfortable. The Chilkat River Valley and Chilkat Lake and all the surroundings were right out of a storybook.  Lots of friendly and memorable people. The interplay of the native Indians with their land was totally appreciated and educational.  This was that kind of vacation that will always affect what I think about and appreciate and will affect my composing and lyric writing. ..je

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Have you ever felt invisible?  It is an uncomfortable feeling especially when you  want to be visible. I recently completed the song and lyrics for my song titled Invisible.  Fortunately, for the most part it is not my present, but it has occurred in the past regarding work and with someone I was closely attached to. Invisible is a song like you could have heard in the film credits for The Piano or sung by Sarah McLachlan. Most everyone can relate to the real sadness expressed in the song.  Invisible is written in C major and is in contrast to that usually upbeat key. It has a little bit of a pop country feel and could be played live on an acoustic guitar by picking the open chords making it easy to play and sing along with. It should be sung in a mirrored room. The reason will become obvious after listening to the song.  I am going to include the entire song lyrics this time..  I have wondered if you might enjoy singing along with me sometimes. This is an easy and good song to accomplish that. Be patient. It is one of my longer songs and tells a true story, but it is lyrical. If any of you are baritones, there are rich sounding baritone notes in the vocal line for the song.. I am a baritone/bass.. therefore, it was natural to write in the rich baritone notes.

The various holidays are soon surrounding us.  It is not a time for sadness but somehow there is plenty of it around for us to see and feel.  It would be nice for 2018 to be radically different.. children and older adults and all of us and the world are in need of a real uplift.. I want to thank admin in California for listening to so many of my songs.. The frequency is overwhelming.. That is what family does.. And It Will Be A Great Day When, We Need To Live In The Arch Of A Rainbow, I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago, Misty, Not An Ending After All, And Then You Were Gone, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Hello, There Are Sounds All Around, One Penny Is All I Need, On The Sunny Side Of The Street…all multiple times. I hope you got as much out of listening to them as I did writing them! Then there is ContiuAdina in Romania enjoying I Just Can’t and It Will Be A Great Day WHEN and Steve Hong in New York enjoying She’s Got A Way and I Just Can’t.  Ashley Bowen popped in once again like admin to listen to Will You Love Me Tomorrow. My transcriber Roc M loves one of the two new singles I will be releasing: I Know What My Heart Was Looking For. He likes songs that tell a story. He is the first out of my inner circle to listen to the entire song.  His encouraging remarks are very nice. Together we co-arranged one of my songs, And Then You Were Gone, for 5 part vocal jazz, and together we achieved an exciting result. I am going to include the first page of the song at the bottom of this blog.  That and all the sheet music for all my songs will soon be available so anyone can sing and play them. I am impressed by all the people who come my way to listen to my music (more than 5400 of you came by on radioairplay.com alone) and I thank each of you.  Keep coming and I will keep writing.  This blog has been alive for 2 years this month. Let’s make the coming year a wonderful one and a healthy one. Make your voices heard. We all are needed to fix all the stuff that has gone rotten!

Please listen to Invisible.. I have put it up at the top of this blog entry..  I always welcome your thoughts.

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal, Joyeux Noel, Frohliche Weihnachten, Milad Mubarak, Natal Mubarak, Merii Kurisumasu, Buon Natale, Zalig Kerstfeest, Wesolych Swiat, Boas Festas, Mele Kalikimaka, Boldog Karacsonyt, Selamat Hari Natal..  these and many many more … to each and all of you…lots of ways to wish that you are happy and enjoy your holiday and then topping it off with a Happy and Healthy New Year..Gleoilegt nytt ar …Do you recognize that one?  Happy New Year in Icelandic!

With music always in my heart and wishing only to share it with you!

Joshua Eli

Happy big 16, Seymour!  He is a real landmark.

 

December 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz / LA Composer/Performer? Hanukkah in LA..for another religious and cultural point of view at this time of year

 

Me: DrEaMiNg.   Rain is an experience I enjoy.  The letters r-a-i-n are found in the word “dreaming.”  When it is raining outside, it is a perfect time to dream then write.

FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE AND EXCELLENT SOUND, USE EAR PHONES

To live in a country/Where we are free/To worship and believe/As we wish and how we please That is one of the best gifts derived from living in the United States. According to  the First Amendment to the US Constitution, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. All of us have been born and raised with that accepted creed until January 20 of the year 2017.  Life and the interpretation of that law has been reinterpreted since that date.  Hanukkah, a minor holiday for Jews, takes on added importance today and now becomes a major holiday symbolizing for Jews and for everyone the right to worship and believe as they please.  Jews are embracing Muslims to stand up to the tyranny emanating from the Executive Branch of the US government.  Muslims are being used as scapegoats just like the Jews once were for unsettling occurrences happening around the world.  All Muslims are not terrorists just like all Caucasians are not part of the alt right or members of the Ku Klux Klan.  The opening line of this blog is from the bridge in my new song Hanukkah in LA. I have been thinking of writing a song like this since last year’s holiday season.  Most Jewish kids grow up hearing some beautifully written Christmas music at the holiday time.  I wanted to write my idea for a Hanukkah song for kids, my one-day future kid, and adults who would enjoy hearing another cultural and religious view point at that time of year.  The song is titled Hanukkah in LA.  In LA we don’t experience the winter season typically sung about in holiday music.  I think children growing up in a LA could use a song which identifies with their experience.  So the song begins: Hanukkah in LA/ The beach and the breeze/ And the sun/And the Hollywood palm trees… It is a spirited song written in B flat minor with a Latin cantorial sound in places appropriate to the LA region but strangely enough just right for a Jewish middle eastern sound and Hanukkah song.  To be able to worship and believe as we wish and how we please is EVERYTHING!  That sung statement closes out the song.  I look forward to adding this song to the Hanukkah repertoire. Rajendra T from Nepal and a film director and film editor generously told me after listening to my  music on my up-coming album that he “really loved the songs and said my voice is really good.”  Those remarks by Raj were very encouraging.  Thank you to an anonymous fan for loving Guided By A Moonbeam!  Joel in Toronto liked listening to Hello and Will You Love Me Tomorrow and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago.  And also, my appreciation to Nia Babar in the UK for enjoying Not An Ending After All and One Penny Is All I Need.  We all seem to move in similar circles. Check out my website joshuaelimusic.com to find out more about me and watch me record and perform on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz or listen to my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, and while out and around listen to me under Joshua Eli Kranz on SoundCloud.com or you can check me out on Tumblr.com under Joshua Eli or look into Vimeo.com/joshuaeli.  Thank you to those of you who are regular listeners of my music and thank you to those of you who have recently found their way to my music!

Please listen to Hanukkah In LA at the top of this blog entry.  I would enjoy hearing what you think.

So that is Hanukkah In LA  and at this moment the World Series in LA.  I am rooting for the local team with Kenley and Cody and Justin and Joc and Austin for LA and Jose and Justin and Will for Houston, but the truth is both teams are totally great creating a very exciting time for fans in LA and Houston. I’d love to go to a Victory Parade in LA to celebrate. HINT.  It’s been almost 30 years!

I will be going off to a new and interesting place and hope to come back with some valuable experiences that affect me and so my music. Until next time.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

November 1, 2017

 

What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. composer/performer? That Is My Promise Always

A little autobiography under the picture:  Composing on some music projects can be hard work.  This is a photo painting emphasizing shadows on my left hand. That hand probably will require carpal tunnel surgery.  I started playing piano when I was 5.  So for 35 years that hand has been working steadily.  It is time for a repair.

I think I tried to capture the right music and tone for That Is My Promise Always eight times over as many days before hitting it just right.  I try out all my songs on my select audience and my dog Rose.  When Rose starts singing, I know I am getting close.  Rose is a great dog-singer music critic with a health condition that is treated by her special experts at VMTH in Davis.  The good news is that she is getting better and she is carrying on her work like a pro.

Please listen with earphones.  It will sound great.

Honesty is such a lonely word…straight from the lyrics of Billy Joel.  Life isn’t a fantasy and autumn is the most beautiful of the four seasons.  All are the way I think.  The daytime air is cooler and the light is softer and sunsets seem more colorful and the trees changing colors are stunning in Fall.  All of the above are strolling in my brain affecting my senses since my last blog entry.  Yesterday I finished a song I titled That Is My Promise Always. I wrote it in the key of D flat major.  It is a positive follow-up to my last song I Know What My Heart Was Looking For.. both written in the same key.  It is a pop piano song written honestly about love. It could find itself easily inserted into a wedding or anniversary repertoire or proposal. The song is not cerebral or a fantasy.  Sometimes I need to say I am sorry when something I do is not good, so I have included that.  My feelings are real and my thoughts and actions reveal that.   The song opens with a beautiful statement: There aren’t enough stars/ I could pull from the sky/To hand to you. It continues You said you want the world/ I can give you…/A part of me/I can share only with you.  And the chorus: I don’t say it enough/But you have to know how much I care/I won’t discount how you feel/Or treat you/Like you weren’t there/So I say this to you/I love you and need you near/That is my promise always.  I have tried when singing the song to show the true depth of its meaning  by employing the lower ranges of my voice.  At one point in the chorus to emphasize a feeling of  love, I drop my voice 3 1/2 steps.  Doing that was very effective in conveying that feeling!  As with most songs, the chorus drives the song. Ashley Bowen in Dallas, Texas, thank you for your continual interest in my music.  You listened to There Are Sounds All Around, I Just Can’t, Not An Ending After All, That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be, and The Simple Things For You And Me. It is very interesting which songs you chose..most of them are upbeat and one is comedic.  Are you telling me something?  I awoke to see that Danielle Smith in Corbin, Kentucky became my fan after listening to I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me. She added, “Great Song.” Dissolving something I feel important takes a long time to actually relax and be comfortable with.  RM wrote to me while working with me on  And It Will Be A Great Day WHEN , ” This is a really loving and touching song! Very pretty, very moving, a great performance, entirely enjoyable…”  His professional opinion means tons to me and is very encouraging.  He knows music and performance from the bottom up.  His words are golden.  You can listen to the first 1:21 of That Is My Promise Always near the top of this blog.  The actual recorded song is 4:27.  Truthfully this song couldn’t have been written at a better time.  After the terrible massacre in Las Vegas,  I think we need huge doses of love to smother all the hate that has been spreading like tar.

Sincerely,

.. and a prayer for the improved health of all those injured in Las Vegas and a prayer for the families of those who didn’t make it because they were caught in the rain of bullets.  When will we put away all the guns???  Our leaders need to begin to do something significant!!

Joshua Eli

October 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? I Know What I Was Meant To Do And Become

A little autobiography under the picture…a human interest feature to be continued..

On August 28, 2017 at Clear Lake I recorded the final song of my first album.  I’ll be releasing the song I recorded on that day as a single ahead of the album release.  I hadn’t been back in the studio for more than a year.  It was a fine day with my engineer and producer near and present.  I enjoyed what I was doing. I know what I was meant to do and become!  Je

I have written a denouement for my album.  I didn’t need to because the progression of the album’s songs tell the album’s story well.  It really just happened. The song is titled I Know What My Heart Was Looking For.  The healing effect from time passing is a good thing.  I wrote the song in D flat major. By coincidence the song’s key unlocks a message.  The song tells how I exercised ‘D.. poor‘ judgement that dropped me ‘flat‘ on my face.  Now long after the experience, I made a ‘major‘ change finding renewed self-respect … with clarity ready to move forward.  This will be the first song I will record with more than one instrument.  It will be released as a single before the release of my album.   It is a true pop song… with repetitions easy to remember.. and serves as a good professional introduction to me and my music.  I also wrote it for the additional purpose to perk the interest of one of my mentors suggesting we could work together on a project.  The first verse begins I learned my lesson/Not to let anyone take a piece of me…The chorus begins How blinded I am/ To keep coming back for more. The second verse contains the plea I hope you are sincere. The bridge begins with It was all great once/You and me/It was an endless fantasy.  And the final updated chorus ends with My heart has moved on/ And found what it was always looking for. When writing from immediate experience, lyrics somehow flow.  Getting the perfect music sound was important for this song because of my plans for the song and the song’s importance for the album.  I am pleased with the results, but I did feel the struggle to write the best music I could. That can happen when focusing too hard, but it was worth it. It is a six minute + song packed with honesty. The vocal and piano interludes have an ethereal feel so you get I’ve finally risen above my discomfort. The song closes open-ended without any musical instrument playing the music.. just a vocal… the story is not yet finished and invites you and I to wonder what is to come.  When listening I think ‘you should be able to get it’ and find that you can identify with the thoughts expressed as well. I work with a consummate professional who is helping me transcribe all my songs to include in a songbook or for individual sheet music downloads that will be purchased from my website. I really want to hear others play and sing my music, too.  We were working on A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With.  He surprised me with a comment about that song. ” This one is really a wonderful song.  I can easily relate to the emotion of it. Great work, great writing! It’s certainly haunting to me and very beautiful (I might add). ” Coming from RM and who is 22 years my senior and who has lots of music experience, his comments were a total honor for me to hear. Thank you, greenwell in Australia who became a fan after listening to One Penny Is All I Need.  Also, thank you, Jeremy Yakus who became my fan after listening to I Just Can’t.  I really appreciate the penny..so little real monetary value yet so much intense emotional value connected with a wish and hope and its earthy color. I wrote I Just Can’t to show the challenge of fitting in.  There probably isn’t one of us who hasn’t felt like a loner in a crowd at some time…  a good reason to try to place yourself in someone else’s foot holes and to try harder to really understand why. It is a comedy piece.  Sometimes that is the best way to say something. Joel from Toronto became my fan after listening to Will You Love Me Tomorrow.  CK wrote a beautiful song that I am fortunate to interpret as my own. Also, thank you, Jaybie Lovetok for liking Not An Ending After All and There Are Sounds All Around. The sounds around us can overwhelm. I look for the pleasant sounds. That every beginning marks an ending is intriguing and hopeful. The need to feel hope touches us all. Thanks to all of you who keep coming back and who listen to my songs or read about me either on my website joshuaelimusic.com or SoundCloud.com or radioairplay.com or YouTube.com or Tumblr.com or Vimeo.com.  Autumn is approaching…just a beautiful season. From its smells and sights and sunsets and cool weather inspiration follows.

For the people of Houston, Texas and Corpus Christi and their close surroundings and Louisiana and Burbank in southern California and Florida and Georgia and Mexico and Cuba and Puerto Rico and other small islands in the Caribbean: Barbuda, Antigua, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barts, US and British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Tortola, Anguilla and The Bahamas who have suffered through horrendous natural disasters, may He who is good watch over you and protect you and keep you safe! Music can help us carry on and rise above sadness.  That was the function long ago and still today of the Spiritual.

Please look for I Know What My Heart Was Looking For to be released soon.

 

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

September 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz, L.A. Composer/Performer? Let’s Do It Together

A Little Autobiography Under The Picture  a human interest feature to be continued..

I have been playing violin for at little more than 17 years.  I enjoy playing jazz on violin.  It was my Dad’s instrument that he gifted to me. I have a good ear for music (and so does my Dad) and was able to pick up the violin fast.  Because of the encouragement of my vocal coach, CW, and Helen Crosby, my violin teacher, I played the violin while playing Schlomo in an Equity production of  Fame with less than a year of experience on the violin at the time.  I remember being nervous and practicing a whole lot.     je

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On July 25  Senator John McCain spoke in the Senate.  He said, “We’re getting nothing done.”  His statement was totally accurate and led to his courageous NO vote on the  repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  On July 26 that statement hit between my eyes.  My family and I were working together on a longterm project that needed to get done yesterday.  At that moment and working together unleashed a strong feeling of what it takes to get things done…  And I was reminded of the many many times that we worked together and with others to get to my present musical place. Joining together is really important and illustrates how interdependent we are to create our successes.  …And when things get done better than anyone hoped how we share a euphoria seeing that successful trip  ‘lit by the stars.’  So the name of the song I wrote is called Let’s Do It Together. It refers to so many things..almost everything. Success comes from believing in something or someone and putting in the work together to let it all happen.  I wrote Let’s Do It Together in key of C major in Funk in the style of a clean James Brown emphasizing C major 9s and Flat 5s throughout.  It uses dirty/sloppy runs in the right hand between verses so I sing the song sloppy and fun.  As each verse rolls in, the music builds a bit.  For each chorus I chose a different melody. That makes the music feel like it is going somewhere.  At the end of the bridge my voice mimics a big trumpet blast because of the ‘send off toward Mars’.  From some sloppy trial and error and while having some fun, the song blew out.  I got some inspiration while listening to Andra Day sing at Hollywood Bowl jazz night on a beautiful evening a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to take that kind of sound she was singing and use it.  The lyrics for Let’s Do It Together were already written at that time and I was searching for the right music to express them.  Andra handed me an idea at that concert. I have written many songs in the past few years. None of them has a music sound like this song. The song definitely has some sound influences from The Plant, a character voice in Little Shop Of Horrors. Unquestionably Sanne in the Netherlands makes me happy each day.  She is totally devoted to my music and shows it.  I personally invite you Sanne to come to the USA when my album is released so we can meet and you can hear my album music performed live. There will be a signed album with your name on it, too.   Also, thank you, Jimmy Jordan in DC.  You enjoyed Near To You Is What I Want, Misty, and Sounds All Around.  I am pleased by those songs too! Thank you!  Lerhonda14 from Illinois really liked Hello and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. That Makes You Beautiful… continues to be a favorite of my listener fans.  Hello turned out to be a ground-breaking piece for me.  Every time I listen to it I relive the moment when it was written.  It was easy to write ( I wrote it with minor revisions in just a few hours), but it is always hard to perform. Check out joshuaelimusic.com (my website), SoundCloud.com, radioairplay.com, Tumblr.com, and YouTube.com to hear my music or just to check me out and what’s happening.  Tell your friends and family, too, who are interested in how music is composed on a personal and technical level to read my blog.  Let’s Do It Together is at the top of this blog.  It is loaded with meaning.  Use your earphones and listen to it.  I’d like you to.

Sincerely…Be musically happy…I can be a part of that!

Joshua Eli

August 5, 2017

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? Guided By A Moonbeam

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Guided By A Moonbeam.  It is a song about simplifying and focusing on what is really important. Interesting..it wasn’t a simple song to write both lyric-wise and from a melodic point of view because I just couldn’t get it simple enough to speak to the essence of what I wanted to write a song about.  I tested several melodies before choosing the right one. The lyrics also needed several re-writes to make them as simple, direct and honest as possible.  Then when it came to putting it down in my home studio, it took me several days to phrase the lyrics simply with a clear, simple, direct and honest feeling .  Ironically a song about simplifying just wasn’t simple to accomplish.  To get to the essence of what is important for me took work to weed through ideas discarding what can be considered frivolous finally arriving at what is important and meant.   Well, not a surprising discovery, the simplest and most important thing to need and have is the right person to live next to and share with and enjoy with and love.  Being guided by a moonbeam is what happens when we dream…so we can step into a world where everything can be better. Our dreams can provide us with signposts to guide us where we need to go.  Guided By A Moonbeam sits in the key of C major. A 12 note motif in the right hand is repeated throughout giving the melody a nice upbeat sound.. like water skipping over the rocks in a mountain stream.  The vocals for the verses use a lot of my low vocal range with each verse ending with a bigger high note. The result is a warmer and inviting sound leading to a realization that is appropriate to the intent of the song. The lyrics should cause someone to think. The song resolves with a feeling of calm like when you feel that you figured something out. Sanne_meisjjvanderdriff impresses me with how devoted she is to listening to my music.  The last song title she listened to this time could express my appreciation for her. That song is titled: I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me.  This time she also listened to And Then You Were Gone. It is a favorite of mine because of its jazz construction and because of what I was thinking while writing it. It was the first time I used “void” to express how I felt and it fit. Sanne, your loyalty is what all people need: devoted and appreciative listeners. When you are out listen to my music on your phone on SoundCloud.com or on your other internet devices listen to my music on my website joshuaelimusic.com where you can also catch up and read all the entries in my blog using the link on the second part of the Home page (many of the blog entries contain songs I have written)  or check out radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli where I am paired with some music artists who have influenced me or catch me on vimeo.com/joshuaeli.  Also, don’t forget YouTube.com to see me while recording my music and in performances.

Listen to Guided By A Moonbeam that you will find at the top of this blog entry. The past month was a busy one..I have been writing a lot. It is interesting what happened when I took time away from my work.  I came back with more energy and experiences which spawned ideas.  For me two weeks away from my work was a good prescription. Most of the writing for my second album is now complete.  I will be going back to the recording studio soon… and also releasing my first album and first music video.

I appreciate each of you who come over to read my blog and listen to the music I write and perform.  A piece of good advice from me: Take a deserved vacation and while doing that don’t forget to take my music with you!  I hope you feel wonderful when you come back.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

July 23, 2017

The picture above was taken at the Tablelands region in Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland.  It is an awesome place… one of two handfuls of rare areas on our Earth where rock from the Earth’s mantle is exposed absent the Earth’s crust. It was windy and cold on that hike …just my kind of place and thing to do! Pure and simple beauty…

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz Composer/Performer? If we live, there are stories to tell and songs to write about those stories.

 

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Feeling alone and insecure and afraid happens.. sometimes for a short time.. sometimes for a longer time.  I have lived through my share of those times hoping the storm will calm and I will come away figuring things out.  Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme spoke recently in a commencement address about the importance of difficult moments.  His comment was that we need them. My life could never be characterized an easy ride. When the unexpected happens, and it seems to, that is the time for adjusting to and thinking things through.. thankfully with the support of those around me.  So my life is filled with stories to tell and therefore songs to write. The song I wrote and included in this blog is titled That Is All I Ever Need.  It is about how unsettling feelings are pushed away when love becomes real and turns important. There is calm and a real deep feeling of security when discovering true lasting love.  That Is All I Ever Need borders on being sung poetry…lots of words that are key to picturing the truth that is painted in 5 minutes and 9 seconds.  I wrote the music in C major. The music is minimal and sparse to emphasize its poetic story.  Please enjoy listening to the song at the top of this blog.  If we live, there are stories to tell and songs to write about those stories.  I am thankful to all of you my blog readers for coming by and spreading word of who I am: a composer, writer and performer, and what I write and perform.  Please keep coming and listen to my work at joshuaelimusic.com, SoundCloud.com, radioairplay.com, and YouTube.com.  Also look in at vimeo.com/joshuaeli. Thank you jmhunhollywood who heard this track before I published it.  He told me he liked “the strong chorus and the song reminded him of the quality of  Jonathon Larson’s Rent.”  Nice comment.  Sanne_meisff van der driff in the Netherlands enjoyed my arrangement of Will You Love Me Tomorrow and I Don’t Think I’ll Look At The Same Way Again  and  Misty and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Those are an interesting combination of songs.  Each one has a special meaning attached to it for me.  Lerhonda14 in Illinois listened to Hello and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Thank you!!  I felt that I constructed those songs well.  Both have a significant backstory for me.  Hello was written in one writing session.  I also recorded it with only one take. My brother came through his surgery remarkably well, so Independence Day was a day to celebrate.. double. There are a couple of birthdays coming up.  Happy birthday to each of you. I hope each of you are able to find fresh air and a strong tail wind for those things important for each of you in the coming year!

Sincerely!

Joshua Eli

July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday! It’s a boysenberry pie made from the berries grown at my home.  Notice the eyes and mouth on the pie like the man in the mountain in New Hampshire saying Happy Birthday to you.

 

What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/ Performer? It’ll Be OK and A Place You Never Want To Leave

Ready to eat in the dining room at Battle Harbour.

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We all have special and important people in our life.  A significant part of my next album will have songs about lots of special people. Many of those songs may catch your ear and trigger your brain when similarities pop. Several people have influenced in a big way the way I am.  There is someone I haven’t written about yet who rests at the top of my mountain.  My newest song is titled, It’ll Be OK The song doesn’t mention her by name until the very last. That is because she is always there for me in that unsung never forgettable role and doesn’t crave recognition. She is my good luck and is unwavering in her devotion to what I do.  I always know where she is…not far away.  She is imaginative and creative, has a knack for words in the English language, enjoys writing, and draws me toward places I need to see and probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own just like I do similarly for her.  Her interests include things that are antique and old while walking in the world of traditional values. Her optimism should become legendary. Her insight is worth listening to.  We discuss and plan lots of things both personal and worldly.  The lyrics are a simile about a lady bug. Lady bugs  are special members of the kingdom of insects. They protect their world by digesting menacing insects that are harmful.  They are full of color, are fun to have walk on your hand and arm, and are legendary in the luck they can bring. Their very being contributes to happiness. My special person is my very own lady bug.

The first verse: A lady bug/Sits on my shoulder/Knowing me like no other/Wise through the years/With her  my  fears  fly  away/So I walk in the sun

I just returned from a trip to Labrador where I took in one of the world’s unspoiled places and met the most hospitable people ever and listened to them sing their music. They are just plain kind, friendly and thoughtful.  Labrador is cellular and internet remote. After I quickly adjusted to the reality, I hiked, enjoyed living around icebergs, ate Labrador home cooked meals 3 times a day, took pictures, slept like I had never before, talked to people from an historic culture, taught myself to play a 200 year old Harmonium pump organ in its church, St. James the Apostle Church, whose doors are always open for me and anyone to wander in 24/7 on Battle Harbour, and then wrote some music to honor the place, Labrador and its people. I met a rock musician from Quebec who wandered in when I was composing on the Harmonium and liked what he heard.  In the evening with a grand picture- window view over the harbour with its temporary resident icebergs and logs burning in the stove to warm the space located over the site’s kitchen and dining space, I introduced to the Canadian guests in Battle Harbour some of the music from my up-coming album. Their enthusiasm was exciting. Before arriving I knew no one there. Now there are people who have met me and listened to my music in person in Canada. This music experience in Canada was very encouraging and  felt wonderful.

I have been working on several songs.  The lady bug song I finished just before leaving for Labrador.  I wrote it in the key of E flat major.  It has a happy feel with syncopated rhythms off the beat throughout the verses..and especially in the chorus.  The bridge uses some back phrasing. The lyrics drive the song with the music serving as its foundation and background.  I have also included several piano fills.  The style is a cross between jazz and pop which I knew would please my mom.  I could see this song being used on Julie Andrew’s Julie’s Green Room for the subject matter and because I’ve built the lyrics around a lady bug theme. Regarding Battle Harbour and Labrador I’ve written a song titled A Place You Never Want To Leave. Each time I play and sing the song, I’m transported back there again to enjoy its pleasures…its welcoming and super-friendly people and their true stories, the home-cooked meals we ate together, the hills and vegetation, the clean air, the wind and icebergs and cloud formations, its historical old buildings, the 21 hours of  daylight, the way it looks, the island it is, and the boat ride over and back, but most of all an intense feeling of happiness while there sharing a place with people devoid of material longings. We never wanted to leave.  That is the reason for the title and the love I built into the song. The Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador are influenced by people from mostly Ireland but also Scotland who over the years migrated there to work in the salt cod industry.  The music I wrote feels that influence and the storytelling nature of its people and their origins. Listen to the two songs It’ll Be OK and A Place You Never Want To Leave.  Both songs are super-important for me and sit at the foundation of whom I am.  Both after recording in a studio will be on my second album.  I recorded using my smart phone the sounds of the Harmonium organ while I was playing on it to compose.  It was wonderful to have such an instrument available for my own to use in such an extraordinary place. Some of that 200 year old music sound will accompany A Place You Never Want To Leave that I wrote in the key of D major. For now you can hear me composing in the church in Battle Harbour.  It’s the third recording at the top of this blog. When I listen to A Place You Never Want To Leave I feel like I am in the small boat taking me back to that place.  Just outside the church a grey arctic fox sat while I was inside using the Harmonium.

The chorus: There’s a place/You never want to leave/Seems almost perfect/When you see it/Its people are pure salt and gold/This place is in the north/Born of the sea.

When I returned home mdearing from Colorado became my fan after listening to I Don’t Think I’ll Look At It The Same Way Again. I understand, too,  exactly what that feels like. Don’t forget to learn about me and listen to my music on my website joshuaelimusic.com, watch me perform and record my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, while on the go listen to my music on SoundCloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, using the internet listen to my music paired with my mentors on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli and check out vimeo.com/joshuaeli to see a video of Do You Wanna Dance.  Please share all of the above and this blog with your friends and family who enjoy knowing the intricacies of music and its backstory. Since returning home I feel FIRED UP AND READY TO GO, using President Obama’s expression.  That is the value of a true vacation.

The coming week will see Canada turn 150, the USA will turn almost 100 years older than that and my brother will have major fusion surgery on his spine.  I am pulling for Jeremy and hopeful that our family will be able to celebrate the success of his surgery in parallel with the celebration of the birth of 2 wonderful nations!! Amen.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

June 23, 2017      also Happy 1/2 Birthday 🙂

 

 

Daphne, Jennette, Myrtle, and Peter
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