“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ” The words of Archimedes. It is my wish to do just that. I believe when I sing and play the piano my music allows you to feel how I feel in my inner self and to sense the importance of my relations to others close to me. When listening to the sound of my music you should sense the feeling of the work sung about, the enormous happiness from enjoying the love of someone, the depth of the sadness felt when something comes to a close when you don’t wish it to end, the hugely wonderful feeling of finding my own place composing music, the fun of listening to just the right kind of run on the piano or picturing and reacting to something comedic when it is sung. Because it is important to appreciate the differences between people and how much they need to feel fulfilled and appreciated in all ways, I want to ink a song that when played and sung makes you want to be inclusive and appreciative of all humans… wanting to help everyone find and reach their potential and the significance of just that. I think the task will take a little time but it should be an interesting hike beginning to end. As I write the lyrics and then the music for this new song idea, I want to share with you my progress along the way letting you hear some of my choices. A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO WILLIAM COOK in Thailand who has listened to most of my songs and continues to listen to them again!!! You make my day every time I see your picture announcing that you are listening to another of my songs.. You can listen to my music on joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance moniker. Thank you to all of you who are reading my blog. It is very nice to share with you.
January 21, 2016
I am almost ready to record 4 new songs and a new cover song that I heard in the Louis Prima/Keely Smith show at the Geffen Theatre last week. I will put my own take on that song: a slightly different arrangement of the melody, speed it up, and do some fast and hot piano improv with some vocal scats. The new songs speak of many things about myself which many may identify with. One has a Latin feel with self-searching, another talks about me and my new mindset…speaking of my new found vocation writing and performing MY WAY and in my time, another called Because I Can speaks of pushing myself outward and forward pushing away any negative thoughts, and the last in this recording set indicates that last little bit of holding power a past relationship has on me. One is slow and dramatic, one inspires, one has a pop feel, and one feels like me being sassy. So with these songs I Broke Out And Broke Through… actually a line from one of the four songs. I see progress in what I am writing. With these new songs I am getting better saying what I need to say; however, it often takes a while getting there. I think that is probably how it should be. Work shouldn’t be easy but pay off. The keys of the new songs are B flat minor, G, B flat, and B flat. So this time around B flat seems to be my vehicle of expression. I will be making prelim recordings in my new home studio outfitted with mics and equipment, even booms, that I am proud to have and use! I look forward to the SOUND. The new songs will soon be added to my website joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com, YouTube.com, and listened to on jango.com via radioairplay.com after their final recording in a sound studio. For soundcloud.com and YouTube.com access my channel under Joshua Eli Kranz and on radioairplay.com look for me under Joshua Eli, my preferred recording artist name for 2016! Keep listening and write back to me with ideas. Music sustains me! How about you?
January 16, 2016
I want to say thanks to William in Thailand, Lania in Indonesia, and Low in Ireland and Terry in Berlin who are fans of my music! Keep listening. It sure makes me feel good to know that you like what I’m writing and recording. The past few days I have been laboring over a song in which I finally say good-bye to something emotional and hope that a new day is coming. It was real labor to get the lyrics to say what I mean. Writing the music was hard for this song because it needs to have a special sound with some optimism built in…sort of like taking a steep uphill trail and finally ending in a small unanticipated meadow. Tomorrow is the day I hope to be satisfied with the end product…. Well, it is finished and the sound became Latin with a touch of Italian just the kind of song you could use in a Bertolucci film when two people involved part and go their own way. Singing the song with the appropriate lyrics was the right antidote to complete my emotional journey so I could move forward. The title is I Should’ve Said Good-bye Long Ago. Someone close to me has been encouraging me to write a song with an Italian feel. I had no idea it would be this song. When you get to listen to it you will understand. I will January 12 to be a happy day!
January 11, 2016
Well I have friend Benjamin in Sweden who listened to And Then You Were Gone and a friend in Malta who listened to Near To You Is What I Want. Both tipped me with NeuCoins. Thank you! I have been writing a lot. I have 4 songs in various states of completion. All of them seemed easy to write because each of them sprang from my immediate present. My chicken and the egg goes this way: first I write down my ideas for the lyrics which can take a few hours or a few days and then I get some input from my family. Next I sit at my piano and put music to the words. Usually I decide on the tone which dictates the key and then I experiment with various rhythms. Next I experiment with various melodies. Next I try singing the lyrics with my music ideas to see if my music ideas fit with the lyrics I wrote. Usually there is tweaking with both lyrics and music at this point. Then if I think I’m on to something, I sing the new song through a few times to see how it sets in my ears. Next I invite others to listen to see how they like it and listen to their suggestions. The following day is usually one of improving the flow of the lyrics and making sure that the lyrics say what I want to say. The same goes for the music. Sometimes I leave it alone because I wrote the right music the first time, but most of the time I have to change the music up either a little or a bit or even try something entirely new. After playing and singing the music for several days and setting it aside for a few more and then singing the music and lyrics again for a few more days, I am usually satisfied with the results and am ready to record it at home on my Zoom. I listen to the song some more times and get more input from family and a friend. I may then rerecord it on my Zoom and house mics getting ready to copyright it before going to a studio to record it. Before being ready to record it in the studio, I rehearse it for about 2-3 weeks with the other songs I am planning to record. During the rehearsal time I decide how I want to interpret the lyrics, I write the intro and decide on any piano improv and verse interludes I am going to do, and finally decide how I’m going to finish off the song both vocally and piano-wise. While recording in the studio I usually record each song 3 times hoping to get a very good interpretation lyrically and instrumentally. When the engineer plays back the version of the track I’ve selected, it is amazing and beautiful to listen to the song I wrote and sung and played on piano. My manager videos the session, so I can look at that too. It feels like a complete day in a few hours when I am recording because I get up early to get my voice exercised and sing my final rehearsal. All the songs then need to be put up on soundcloud.com, joshuaelimusic.com (my website), radioairplay.com, and YouTube with documentation, getting ready for their debut on my album Joshua Eli..In His Element for my new and old friends to listen to.
January 5, 2016
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to good things for all in 2016’s 365 days. I especially wish that 2016 will be a good year for Rose, our mini-dachshund. She has a serious health issue and will be having surgery soon. Late last night I finished writing a song tentatively called Taking A New Direction. It seems the right thing to write about on December 31. A line in the song is The rush and feeling of being free. I think it won’t be too long before I finish writing and feel I have the right songs for my album. Then I can test them out in public and listen to what people have to say about my music and lyrics and performance. For the songs recorded up ’til now you can listen to them on my website: joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my updated performance name. I always enjoy hearing from you, my readers. Write me and tell me what you think after listening to my songs.
January 1, 2016