Today I have a healthy wrist! My bandages are off and though my right wrist and palm are still sore from my surgery, I am back at the piano. Yesterday felt good to drive again, exercise at the gym but being very careful with my hand, to write and eat with my hand and play and compose at the piano. It is absolutely true that we don’t appreciate something until we don’t have it, even though for me it was temporary this time. Yesterday composing at the piano was very easy even with the pain still present. Feeling happy blotted out some of the pain. I appreciate my hands, my voice and eyes and ears like I never did before… without them I would be far less the person I want and need to be. While at the clinic getting my bandages removed and learning what I needed to do to get my hand back to normal, I had a discussion with a musical theatre lover, the PA. We discussed how art copies life. It is true for me. She was very interested in what I do and am writing and wants to come and see my show when it’s up. And so I sold the first 2 tickets! The book for the musical I am writing comes from an interesting and wonderful emotional time of my life that ended. When that experience ended, it was like a prolific organic vegetable garden hit by a frost. As nature thawed and I came back emotionally, new leaves began sprouting on the plants… new ideas showed up in my mind that were forced into dormancy because of the sudden frost. Now those plants… new thoughts… are flowering and started to produce a new crop.. some new ideas and new music. After awhile I started to do things and write in music and words how I felt. Yesterday I worked on a song I began in the days leading up to surgery. It will be on the second album I am planning and working on. The album’s theme is about significant people in my life. This one is about someone who I really didn’t care for that much, in fact really disliked because of his ways, but who taught me a significant amount of what I know about musical literature and performance. It does seem like important learning experiences come from a challenge or a failure. The title of the song is Floating In A Great Space and is operatic with cadenzas. I wrote it in A minor and ended the song with an A falsetto mix. Operetta is the musical genre we were studying when I began studying with him, though I don’t feel I need to please him. Here are a some lines from the first verse: …ruled with an iron fist/His attitude was coarse/He always walked around hoarse/No one knew/ When he was about to blow/He put you in your place/And sometimes got in your face/ Made you feel uneasy at every turn. When I finally could push away how he made me feel and realize that what I learned from him came with a high price, …I could walk on solid ground/Now I was floating in a great space/And I didn’t feel out of place any more (from the chorus). So I can now type and now one week after my bandages are off, the pain is almost gone, and I have a better hand. I know now what to expect from the next surgery. The recovery, though there will be pain, should be easier because it will not be on my dominant hand. This week you can listen to my new music which should be up first on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. You can read about me and listen to my music on joshuaelimusic.com and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. For internet radio lovers, listen to me on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli. Thanks to each of you for listening to my music. Thank you Brendan W. and Kent Morgan for your appreciative comments about me and my blog, and drn.stn from Japan, geneclash, medusawords, Michelle Stripe, MakersofMusic RockbBand, and Talia_music, thank you for coming by and reading my blog. Thank you as well to my new fans: Sharon Dizo in Toronto, Canada who really likes I Just Can’t! and yumim91 in Tokyo, Japan who likes Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Yumim, that song always makes me pause and think. Please enjoy the long Memorial Day holiday safely. We remember all the military men keeping our country safe for us and in different places in the world and those who did that and are no longer alive.
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
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It was a day like any other day, but something was different. I could breathe again and feel like the life I was meant to live was about to start over. Not that I wanted to cover up the past like it had not happened, but I wanted to start feeling whole again. These are the opening lines from a musical show I have started to write that will incorporate lots of the songs and lyrics I have written up to now. So I will tie together my music into the story it was meant to tell. The book for the music will allow me to relive some very happy and very sad unraveling moments and some moments in-between and after. For me the supremely important part is that from something that didn’t turn out as hoped, something personally very good sprouted. I discovered the depth of my ability to compose music and lyrics and now write literature. I am a believer that everything that happens is for a reason and reveals itself eventually. I had been searching for my life’s work which would allow me to feel fulfilled and happy while doing it. Something that didn’t matter what others thought was good or notas long as I liked it and I liked doing it. That could be a definition of art. My hands are not in to typing yet because of a recent surgery on my right hand, but my mind is sharp and ready to verbalize. I am guessing you will find the journey interesting and the music quality. There is lots of beautiful and interesting music that will add to and explain the story. Music has a way of adding a dimension to everything. The important people in this story are good people with personal limitations without which there would not have been a story to tell. Because elements of the story will seem familiar, the feelings and thoughts they evoke should ring loud to many, helping them see as I have, there is life after disappointment. Please listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli, and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. Please mention my blog, joshuaelimusic.com/blog, to your friends who like music and who are interested in the development of music and its offshoots.
Thank you sincerely for reading this blog and listening to my music!
The past few weeks while composing music and lyrics I feel like I am going through therapy trying to find my correct words to describe how I feel about and also describe people who have always been very close to me. My desire is to discover and reveal honest and positive feelings that describe in music the people and animal-people I really care about. A performing arts teacher who left a huge impact on me said when I first met him in class that songs are sung monologues. For me that meant that a song should mentally transport its listener into the mind and heart of the singer and composer, and what is sung should be an intelligent and emotional discussion with the listener. The listener should hopefully consider the experience beneficial, even artistic, but at least educational. I decided next to write a song about my family. My family is small but important for me. Here is the chorus: Because we are a family/We love and disagree/And get back up and brush each other off/We don’t let each other fall through the cracks/Because we have each other’s back/I know who will always stand by me/Whatever comes. Like Goldilocks, the chorus is JUST RIGHT and inspired me to write a beautiful melody for the song in the key of E flat major. In fact we are a family who really need each other in so many ways but each also needs his own personal share of independence. That is where disagreements can creep in. It is easy to overlook the importance of what we have and are busy living. Committing to writing about it can reveal a lot. And it happened that way for me. Actually given that two very important family holidays are imminent in May and June, it was the perfect song to write. I have some down time for a few weeks because of a necessary surgery on my right hand that I had yesterday. In several more months I will have a follow-up surgery on my left hand. The procedure resulted from the wear and tear of using my hands intensively for lots of years on the piano and other instruments. So during this not usual time I will begin dictating the book for a musical I having been planning on writing. Then I will have two experts in my family add their edits to bring it up to fine writing. I am looking forward to this experience because it will use all the musical experience I have collected in conjunction with relevant personal experiences. I think I’m ready for this and am looking forward to it. Once again, thank you to all of you who are reading my blog. A sincere thank you as well to those of you who are listening to my music on joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli, and for watching me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. Please pass my blog address: joshuaelimusic.com/blog to your friends who are interested in the backstory of how music is written. There is no better way to find happiness than to do the things that are personally enjoyable. This year I am happy to be able to work on composing music, writing lyrics, recording my songs and now writing a small cast book musical. There will be some new music appearing on my listening spots very soon.
Sincerely as always. Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers in my audience. I hope some beautiful music and lyrics while sipping a vanilla latte will contribute to your special day!