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.
Sincerely as always,
April 25, 2016