An act of kindness during the Rio Olympic Games inspired me to write a song. It involved an American runner and a runner from New Zealand, both women, who collided during a distance race. The injured one prodding the other one saying, “Come on, get up. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.” Both eventually crossed the finish line, but felt immeasurably inspired by the other. They didn’t end up winning medals, but both ended up winning big in another way. They had never met before that moment. It is not too often this sort of kindness is felt by anyone, so I wrote Much More Than The Finish Line. What our world would feel like to live in and how racial and social and financial tensions could be so much less if we were all “trained” to look beyond ourselves and care more. After writing the chorus I realized its huge meaning. When you help someone restart/That feeling transcends/Everything/Knowing that you are doing your part/Reminds us of what makes us human. Also, here’s verse 2: She fell to get back up again/Our nature is to make mistakes/Over and over/How to improve what we do?/Can she succeed?/Show her compassion/So she doesn’t feel alone/But important. We all have been there. It also seems especially appropriate that the story is about 2 women. Women embracing their burgeoning equality status pushed this Olympics into new territory for the USA. So for women their time in the sun really started in the 60’s and is blazing in 2016. There may even be a US woman president coming down the pike. I wrote the song so you can feel the sense of running and set it down in F Major. The music uses the 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the scale in 8th notes and goes up and down in half and whole steps while featuring a music pattern and good feel. I will use a drummer on a high hat for this piece. I have to thank the many of you who are reading my blog and saying such nice things like Roseanna Faerber: “The blog couldn’t be written much better,” and from Juliann Horsely: ” Very rapidly this site will be famous amid all blogging and site-building people due to its fastidious content.” Wow. Those comments mean a lot because my blog is about my thoughts and how I build on them to write lyrics and music. And from humberto.ngabidj, “You got a very superb website.” How nice to read! Also, thank you to Sapphire Steele in Indiana who became my fan after listening to That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Well, there is a lot of ways to see beauty in this world. The nicest way is to experience it through someone’s beautifulsoul. 20_breanna.rings became my fan liking that same song, too and also liking There Is No One I Would Rather Travel With Than You. Finding a partner for a lifetime is probably one of the the most difficult wishes to come true.. it means that you are the forever center of someone’s world because they want it that way! Very NICE. So keep coming and send your friends with a love interest in music my way so they can join in a dialog with me on this blog site or go to joshuaelimusic.com to listen to my music and learn more about me or start listening to my music at soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz on your mobile device or watch me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz or tune me in on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli where you can hear that my music finds a home with music from other performers and composers. I have lots to think about and write about and share with you about.. like my early childhood idol Fred Rogers always used to say. Well, it’s true now, just like then. Could that really be between me and YOU? …that I can become a trusted musical friend whose music you look forward to listening to and sharing.
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I have just completed the lyrics for a song about a very important person in my life and her influence on a personal and landmark discovery for me. JoAnn is a professional musician and piano teacher mentor who introduced me to jazz and nurtured me while I experimented with it. In looking back over my music career, I wouldn’t be where I am in music without her and my mom encouraging me to study with her. Mom was afraid that I was getting disenchanted with studying music conventionally. JoAnn was exceptional. She felt connected to and inspired by Charlie Chaplin. She taught in an unconventional location in the Hollywood Hills. I even played a jazz version of Chaplin’s Smile with her. She was the consummate musician, not constrained by any particular music genre. She was just what I needed when I was 16 years old. I wanted to be free of the constraints of my classical music training. So musically she listened to how I felt and to my playing and led me into jazz. For me jazz is like the combination of a perfectly fitting soft leather glove and the woman I have been dreaming of meeting side by side. With jazz my piano skills blossom and develop and my curiosity is pushed forward like a bald eagle gliding and buoyed up with the wind and coming in for a landing on a tree stump in a beautiful lake in Ketchikan and then quickly taking off again. In more than 23 years I have not lost my interest and enthusiasm playing jazz. It is not the least bit boring since I am always creating my sound. I have not named a song up to now after anyone, but this song I call JoAnn for her, out of my deep respect for her. From the chorus: Jazz is a part of me/From my soul to my fingers/As I hit each piano key …It’s perfection/Between the notes and the silence/That is where I feel like I am at home And from the 3rd verse: She showed me what it meant to improvise/So when I write and play/ You can understand what I have to say. JoAnn is straight ahead jazz in the key of C. It drives like a well-tuned car. I built the song on a 12 bar blues pattern, the first jazz motif I learned,.. but the lyrics are anything but blues.Listen up. I am putting a snippet from the song at the top of this blog. For some reason this song was hard to musicalize right. It shouldn’t have been though because JoAnn was my perfect teacher. The right people are the people who care. I think she now is in the Pacific Northwest. There are lots of lucky people up there! I want to thank Susie Fisher in Australia for becoming my fan after listening to A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With. The song resonates with many. It seems like many of us have been there.. those from the land down under, too. The political season in the USA in 2016 is a real statement of discord and the need for big change. So I think that is where I am going with my music next. Well, I didn’t go there yet. I sat down at the piano today after jamming with some jazz musicians from Local 47 yesterday and a new melody joined my brain to my fingers. It is not the usual development for me since my chicken and the egg is lyrics before the music. It is a beautiful melody. I wonder where it will take me. Thank you, everyone, who are now walking over with your fingers to visit with me and my writings in this blog. Thanks for listening to my music and reading about me at joshuaelimusic.com or under Joshua Eli Kranz at soundcloud.com or being one of my 3000 listeners on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli or tuning me in on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.
Until the next time when we can talk music again..