I feel like I am on a world music tour. My music is now playing everywhere, places I have not thought to go… I’m in those places too. I write all my own music and lyrics except of course the covers and interpret all of them in my personal autobiographical way. When I turn my music on and put on my earphones, it feels like I’m driving on the open road, remembering… and thinking and imagining about what’s coming. I am a pretty regular guy. After listening I realize regular guys too have good stories to tell. I recently finished what I call my love song: I Feel Like I Am The Luckiest Man Alive. It feels like me describing what it means and feels like to love someone. The bridge is especially loaded with personal truths: There is no one I’ve known like you/ That can make me smile or laugh/ And feel as comfortable as you do./ It is rare to find someone who truly gets me/ And doesn’t want me to change who I am/ For you. I have written a lot of songs now, almost enough for 2 albums, but I think this one is pretty special (Truthfully every song seems special when I am working on it because of what is inspiring me.) and will be on my first album. The music has a jazz sound with syncopated rhythms and interesting modulations in the chorus and bridge. It is written in D major and is my first song with a pre-verse so it is a bit longer than the other songs I’ve written. When I love an idea and want to musicalize it, I often turn to jazz, my first love in music. For me it would be an honor to be known as an excellent jazz artist. Maybe one day I will name someone with the name Jazz E. I am now writing a song about pictures which document my life and others. I’ll let you in when my process is up and running. My newest songs are now on my website at joshuaelimusic.com. While on the go, try listening to my music on soundcloud.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel. When you would like to watch me play and perform, check out YouTube.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel. You can always catch my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name. To Jennifer Mariuz-O’Brien in Richmond Hill, Canada and Cathy Vitura St. Angelo in Nevada, a special thanks for your loyalty. You are both listening to my music a lot. When I see your picture a big smile fills my face ear to ear! Thanks to all of you who are listening to my music and reading my blog. I hope I will be able to meet some of you in person as time moves forward. I will be hosting a breakout gig when my album is complete. There you will be able to pick up an EP, listen to me play and perform the songs on my album, eat something nourishing and chat about music and meet the people behind the scene who have helped me make the album happen. There will also be a music video in production soon to accompany the album. If you have a suggestion about which song you’d like to see in a music video, write me and make your suggestion known. I definitely have a few ideas of my own, too.
My sincere thanks to all of you. Your enthusiasm for my music inspires me to express myself and write and compose more music.
I am excited because today I have some new music to share with you. There is a cover of an old song, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, that was fun to do, came out great (it just spilled out that way on the first take), reaches way back for me since it’s been living in my soul for more than 30 years (how about age 8 when I first played that song in a show with my brother playing the clarinet, but way different!) and expresses my personal attitude today. Also, another song I really enjoyed singing is Because I Can because it is a fair picture of what I am like and the style of music I enjoy writing and singing. I am by construction a jazz artist in my heart and through my fingertips. There is a song I Broke Out And Broke Through about what makes me happy these days and after discovering it, how much better I feel. I wrote We Need To Live In The Arch Of The Rainbow because we’re occupants of a huge world that needs some profound fixing. We all need to have a hand in it. A song could be a beginning. Lastly I wrote two important songs for me I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago. Both allowed me to confront my truths and learn from them. Those songs took me through a journey and ultimately were therapeutic. I hope you will find things relevant in my songs for you, too. I want to thank K-Fiyat who is an international resident living in LA/London/Paris for calling my blog Superb! What a nice compliment! Also, want to thank Shawn Stevenson in Maryland for being a dedicated listener of my music. So you love I Just Can’t! I guess you are theatre goers. Me too, my musical education is rooted in musical theatre. And my appreciation to Willemongtery1983 from Mandeville, Louisiana for becoming my new fan after listening to And It Will A Great Day WHEN. I have written several songs now which express how I have felt about and was affected by someone I cared deeply about. That being in the past now, I am writing a song about exactly what it feels like for ME to be in love. It’s a lot easier than to try to figure out someone’s combination lock. I am not sure about the melody yet but the words weren’t too hard to write down. I am moving straight ahead. Yesterday, I saw a beautiful public garden: beautiful flowers including a stunning section devoted just to lilacs, and when getting close, taking in their wonderful fragrance, and flower beds of multi-colored tulips, saw cherry trees in full bloom, listened to Japanese music played on a Koto, stood near a beautiful pond filled with water lilies and inhabited by turtles and frogs, saw closely a world filled with Asian families enjoying themselves in their usual quiet way, ate some food with chopsticks, and celebrated my dad’s birthday there with the 4 of us. I know some of that experience will find its way into my music. Spring is coming. Thank you to all of you who are taking time to read about me and my music! It is a nice feeling knowing that people are listening and interested in my music worldwide. What a present! You can listen to my music and use the link to my blog at joshuaelimusic.com, listen to my music on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com, listen to my music on radioairplay.com on my channel, Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, and see me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, my channel name. First, try soundcloud.comor radioairplay.com. Those two formats are where my songs will be uploaded first because both soundcloud and radioairplay make uploads very easy.
I enjoy talking music with you.
March 14, 2016, my dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!
Something new: a dream about living out the completion of my life with someone I grew up with. It is called There IsNo One I Would Rather Travel With But You. It is about personal dreams and happenings and a look far into the future. The lyrics make me feel very good inside a la Ed Sheeran. It’s everybody’s dream, and yet hard to accomplish, to find someone to live out your life happily with. The melody I wrote has a funky upbeat R&B sound in the style of the Temptations in D flat major with a sound straight out of the 80’s. The melody is a hit with Rose my mini-dachshund; she just loves to sing it with me. She seems to be attracted to the rhythm and just bounced up to sing. She just gets it. The lyrics came first and then I experimented with different melodies. At first I thought an Irish melody would be right and definitely would appeal to my listening friends in O’Donnell’s Bar in Ireland. But somehow it didn’t sound right and so I moved on to funk. I have never written a song with this sound before and am loving it. It is a fun song to sing and to play plus its message makes me feel comfortable about the future. The unknown is often hard to swallow. So you can tell I really enjoyed this experience a lot! Here’s a few lines from the chorus: You made my travel complete. You were there with me. …. I knew then how lucky I was. There was no one I’d rather travel with But you. My cover for She’s Got A Way seems to have struck a nerve because I have another declared fan for that song: mamacitalina in Santiago, Chile. Also, Jennifer Mariuz-O’Brien in Canada became my fan after listening to Misty and Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You. I started singing Misty for a special person and wrote Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You to honor Hillary Clinton’s campaign to be the President of the US. Misty is a beautiful song. Thank you! Thanks to Lamont Leak’s thumbs up for my latest blog, and to Chris Meersman, Bonnie Sher, Elizabeth Louise in Australia, and Best.of.Lego in Denmark for checking it out too. Haywire Bank in Sweden likes the album cover for my new album. Thanks! I am very appreciative of all of you and your interest. Please spread the word and listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on soundcloud.com on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz, see me perform my music on YouTube.com on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz or listen to my music on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli. Keep coming back and keep in touch. I just finished a new recording session. Look for the new music I recorded to be published soon once the finishing touches are complete.