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!
It is a nice lyric.
May 27, 2016