Sound fills our life with richness when we listen to music that stimulates our emotions, allows us to converse meaningfully with excitement, often clutters our lives so that we want to escape from it, and can relax us when we listen to the rush of water over rocks in a stream. Sound is my tool. I am writing a patter song in cut time about sound. It will be a fun song that should put a smile on your face. The words will spill out fast so you will have to listen carefully. So far it is fun writing it, too. Here’s a couple lines near the beginning of the song: So much sound. It’s like an out of control merry-go-round Spinning around in my head. The lyrics just ran off fast from my pencil lead almost at the speed they are meant to sung. Tomorrow I will put musical sound to the words and hear what it will actually sound like. …. Well, I finished the song today putting it in cut time and started working on fine tuning the lyrics to the patter melody. Kids, adults,…people of all ages should smile while listening to this one. The faster it is sung, the more fun it is! I love to see smiles on people’s faces while they listen to what I wrote. I call it for now Sounds All Around. My dog Rose got a verse in the song. Because she is a wonderful person/dog, she deserves much more than a verse. One day I will write an entire song about her and what she means to me. I don’t think this song will make it into my first album that will be finished soon, but it will make it into the next one. I can’t believe I have advanced that far to think about album #2. I think I’d like to write songs for an album all about important people in my life who have influenced me and throw in some fun stuff to lighten it up. I have had such a nice response to my published music that I would like to thank Cathy Nitura St. Angelo in Nevada, Jerrym119 in Colorado, Shawn Stevenson in Maryland, Enisa Toromanovic stationed in the US Army in Europe, and Justin Gilbert26 in Washington for listening collectively to 19 of my songs! Also, Jezzica Stone, Alejandro Moro, Linda Kiary, and Thomas Trosclair have been listening to my music a lot! I need to visit O’Donnell’s Bar in Ireland! People visiting there are listening to my music. I also have two new declared fans: Michael Jansen, in Germany, and ccepuran in Daytona Beach, Florida. Michael enjoyed She’s Got A Way and And Then You Were gone and ccepuran liked A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With and You’re Beautiful And I Want You To Be. It gives me a nice feeling when I receive that kind of interest for my work. Reading my blog is also taking-off. Claudenoise, zim_fanpage, pandemonium group, Ras Ablaze, northmaine973, KingstonLA, Christopher Meersman, Matthiew Desormeau, and members of the Voices of Christmas Caroling Group deserve a big thank you for visiting my blog. Thank you for the thumbs up! You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz, and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz, and on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performing artist name. Your interest in my music moves me on!! Rose, our singing mini-dachshund is on the mend, so say her doctors. Soon I just may write a song just for her to celebrate! Very soon you will be able to hear some new music I’ve written. I am going into the recording studio. Thank you for visiting and reading!!! I welcome your ideas.
February 23, 2016
I Don’t Think I’ll Look At It The Same Way Again is the name of a song I finished tonight. I think it may be the last song of my album, Joshua Eli… In His Element. When I finish rehearsing all the songs for my next recording session, I will have a solid feeling about this song and its placement on the album. For this song, writing the music was a struggle until someone close to me seeded me with an idea, and then after several days of wrestling, it just flew out of me. I wrote it to have a modified 50’s rock feel in 12/8. The music idea came from watching Grease live on TV a few days ago. It wasn’t the best experience watching the show, but it was pure nostalgia. 17 years ago I toured with that show in Europe. My life changed a lot because of Grease! Anyway I like my new song and enjoyed singing the lyrics to it. Singing it is a bit tricky because of the rhythms involved. I may have to do some fine tuning with the lyrics. I ended up singing the song quite a bit testing it out and laying it down until my voice felt like it was near to giving out. The song is in the key of G and happens to place well in my voice. Here are a few lines leading up to the title: Life’s lessons can be so tough. Better to be smart And not expect much. The 50’s beat gives the song hope, just what is needed! My plan is to take the songs I’ve written for my album and add 8 more songs to those, creating the score for a small cast book musical. My education roots are in musical theatre. It seems like a good place to go from here while continuing to write and perform my music. It feels good to do several things I enjoy at the same time. Thank you to my new fan on radioairplay.com: freakiegeechie1983. The song you liked Any Part Would Be Enough is one of my favorites. The song Dayenu meaning “it would be sufficient” was part of the inspiration for me to write that song. The other was someone I knew in Baltimore. Also, from radioairplay.com, thank you to angandgary in New Zealand who likes Work Moves Me On. It seems to be a very popular song around the world especially in Japan. It took me about 2 weeks to get the lyrics just right while writing it. It almost seemed in a few places likes writing a patter song because there are lots of words sung quickly. I also changed the melody several times to fit the changes. A family friend, Kevin, likes that song. He was the first to give it a thumbs up. It feels so nice to be appreciated for what I do. It is a wonderful Valentine’s present to have those of you listening to my music and reading my blog! I enjoy reading your comments. You can listen to my music on my website joshuaelimusic.com and on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on soundcloud.com. On my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on YouTube.com you can see me performing my music, and you can listen to my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name. My dog Rose likes to sing to my music. I know she is getting better since her major surgery because she is starting to sing again! Thank G_d for that!!
February 8, 2016
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone decide if it’s good or bad. While they’re deciding make more art… Andy Warhol. That is a nice statement and implies what needs to drive any artist: our brain, our feelings, what passes through our eyes and by our ears and find interpretation in our brain. Those sources are a direct connect from and to my soul and are my tools to produce the music I share with each person who listens to what I write. I write for me and wish that you understand and appreciate the music I write and can find meaning in it to apply to your life as well. If you do, it’s good for you. If you can’t or don’t care for it, then it’s not good for you. Keep checking back in because I have lots to say. There is a high probability I will write something for you which will cause you to think. You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on soundcloud.com, on my channel Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, on radioairplay.com, and watch me perform on YouTube.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz. Thank you for reading my blog! Our mini-dachshund Rose had surgery last week. I hope the magic of the wonderful team at the VMTH in Davis was just right and will make her well again!
February 3, 2016
There exists too much talk attacking the characteristics of others: color, gender, religion, their honesty. Also, not much is said about opportunities for the disabled or universal job creation so that everyone can work at a job they care about and are trained to do. So I have started to write a song about all people being allowed to reach their full potential and celebrating the significance of it. We each of us need to work at what makes us feel useful and get support for the pitfalls that may come up. We need to be covered by a rainbow spreading its beautiful light over us. I am writing the song in James Taylor or John Tesh style to be sung by a choir, to inspire, to be sung in a movie, for a TV show or a children’s show or Disney movie. It’s in C major so it is upbeat. The sound is pop oriented with flourishes. It would sound great played by an orchestra. The chorus was an easy write; the rest is taking a bit of time to tell the story without sounding like a preacher. I call it We Need To Live In The Arch Of A Rainbow. I am very appreciative of my new fans: listim70 in the US who likes The Simple Things For You And I
and Crystal Powell in New Zealand who likes listening to Hello, Any Part Would Be Enough, and The Simple Things For You And I, and Zaza R. in Georgia who likes Work Moves Me On, and CCepuran in Daytona Beach, Fla. who likes You’re Beautiful And I Want You To Be! Thank you for giving me that nice feeling that what I am writing means something to you. You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com, and under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, on radioairplay.com or watch me perform on YouTube.com on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel. Thank you, Joe Watt in Nottingham, for reading my blog! It is nice to share with you what excites me and moves me on. Also, THANK YOU to all of you who are reading my blog!
February 2, 2016