It’s tough writing about people you know. I have set a goal for my second album to write songs for it about important people who have contributed to my life. My experiences with them have affected me a lot. Many of you may connect with them and the experiences as well. I am working on two songs at present. One is about our dachshund dog family and the other is about my brother. The first was very easy to write. I call it I Just Want To Be With You And Where You Are. Feisty with smarts to match/They have big personalities…are a couple of lines in the opening verse of the dachshund song written in the key of C major, the happy key. I wrote the accompaniment for the song so you can hear them walking in their singular way. The second song was lots harder to write well though I know my brother well. It is hard to write a song or even paint a picture so that after it is finished you really know that person. That was my struggle. It is hard to distill a whole lot of years of experiences and thoughts into 3 verses, a chorus, a bridge, and an Outro. I ended up adding a post-verse before the Outro, something I’ve never done before. I think I have more than accomplished what I set out to do. I asked my dad to listen to He’s A Rebel when I finished writing the music and lyrics. He gave it a thumbs up. I value what he thinks. I believe you will enjoy it too. It is entirely different than anything I have written so far. It needed to be. It is a rock song with a beat and an interesting story. Here is a few lines from the first verse: He’s a rebel/ Clever and smart/ He’s a reader/ A reckless risk taker/ He has to push the limits... I wanted to write the kind of music my brother enjoys listening to since the song is about him. So far he has lived a life that would challenge most of us. His life is and has been no less than interesting. It is written in F # minor. A minor key was my choice because the tone of his story demanded it. It will be awhile before I will record these two songs, but then I will have plenty of time to discover how I will perform them. I received a compliment today that I really value coming from a professional musician who has tons of professional performance behind her. She said, “my music composing has put music back into the song”. It was an honor to be told that! I need to personally thank a few of you for listening to my music multiple times: Barbara Schultz in NYC has been listening to my jazz songs, Anala Vasquez, Roger Scherer in Illinois, Dino Anzoletti in Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide happens to be the name of one of our dachshunds.), Jerry Mansfield, Michelle Jones, Ashley Bowen in Texas, George Rogers in Michigan, and Linda Kiary in Italy. Thank you! I will soon have 2000 listeners. Many of them are regulars. At joshuaelimusic.com and on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, you can hear all my recorded music to date. You can also see me recording and performing it on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. Good music and lyrics can inspire and make our life experience more complete. Last night I had the opportunity to sit in the audience for a wonderful and meaningful show, Kinky Boots. I know and it reminded me again vicariously how important music is for self-expression! It won’t be long before you will be able to listen to a new set of my music and a cover.
Today felt pretty remarkable. I laid down 6 songs in the recording studio in under 2 hours. I felt prepared and because of that, being creative came easy and it sounded creative, too. I started the session with the re-recording of Will You Love Me Tomorrow. I made my previous recording of that song better so listen to it again. Tell me what you think. Next came Not An Ending After All that I wrote with my brother a while back before he left on a vacation to Busan, South Korea. It is all about beginnings not endings. That song just screams: put me on this recording. Then there is the very warm-feeling song, There Was No One I Would Rather Travel With But You. Moving forward, I recorded I Don’t Think I’ll Look At It The Same Way Again. It doesn’t sound like a happy song from the title, but it is, and ends with some happy sounds which fit with the mood. Next I recorded a song all about sounds, There Are Sounds All Around. It moves very fast. I kept up and had fun performing it for the recording session. It came out great. It was a very quick write, too. Finally for this session, I recorded the Mercer standard, That Old Black Magic. In that song I was able to focus on what makes me a jazz performer and instrumentalist in all ways. The track is 7 minutes+ and has a lot to offer. I am proud of it… really I’m proud of all of the work I did today. The session was very productive. The engineer I use always does a good job to make a session easy and this session was just that way once again. My working producers were there to help it all along and do the videoing. In a couple of weeks the music should be up in all places so you can listen. I am appreciative of your support of my music and look forward to hearing what you think. You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com and on soundcloud.com on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel. Also, you can hear my music played on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name. If you would like to see me play my songs, look at YouTube.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel. Thank you to all of you for sending your good vibes. Thank you George Fullard, Ruth Marquez, Dino Anzoletti, Mikaela McKnightit, Margo Wright, Ayesha Babar, Jerry Mansfield, and Joseph Maresca! Each of you listened to several of my songs. That’s the sort of thing that makes my day!!
Sharing Through My Camera Lens is the song I have been working on and just finished. It is in A flat. The Outro sums up my point of view for the song: A photograph tells so much about who we are/ Sharing what I see through my camera lens. A few lines in the lyrics I especially like: Our pictures express/ How we feel about what we see./ Through my camera I do have control of that. Today with digital photography and especially cell phone photography, sharing photos takes on the quality of a language. The melody for Sharing Through My Camera Lens is bright and illuminating. It has a similar feel to Gliding in Ragtime. The song along with its lyrics was meant to leave you with the pleasurable value of holding thoughtfully taken photographs in your hands and remembering . At about the same time I was finishing My Camera Lens song I watched a news story on the internet both funny and charming that inspired me to write a song about a surprise.Their surprise was about having a baby. Mine was another kind of surprise. It was so easy to write. I call it The Big Surprise. It is about popping the big question. So this song tells how I imagine it could happen. There it was like a shot in the dark/ Something so special/ That I couldn’t hold it in…While I hid that big smile on my face/ Then a lightbulb went off in your head…/Today was the day you’d …been waiting for/That big surprise. The melody has the allure and gentle beat like that in Somewhere That’s Green. So far it is in C Major. It will take a while for me to work up both songs to where I think that they are ready for the recording studio. So now I know what I will be doing this week in addition to preparing for my next recording session that should complete my 1st album. Once again I want to thank Cathy Vitura St. Angelo from Nevada for listening to my music and demonstrating your huge loyalty and the same to JKriederKrieder. Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You is such a perfect line to follow for us all; I am pleased JKrieder you chose that song as one of the songs you chose to listen to. Also, thank you Clarice Oclime in Washington for listening to Misty and You Are Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Misty is a beautiful song that inspired me in many ways many times. To my new blog readers: Fighting season in Toronto, Goodgirl PR in LA, drn.stn in China, sasab8sara in Germany, Josesandovall in Dallas, TX, zimfanpage, Antonio Cirillo in Niagra Falls, and carriedaway in Toronto, thank you for your interest in my musical thoughts, ways and feelings. I would be living in a vacuum with no fresh air if not for all of you who come to visit bringing in lots of fresh air so I can breathe comfortably and write down and compose music that feels new and good for me. Just a reminder you can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com or on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com or watch me record my music on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on YouTube.com and listen to my songs on radioairplay.com on the Joshua Eli channel, Joshua Eli is my preferred performance name.