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My Aunt J inspired me to write a song about her medical struggle and her life. Her life is a testimony for hope and kindness and decent values. She loves this time of the year. Thanksgiving is her thing.. loving to make pumpkin pie and a turkey and being at the family gathering. She is struggling with leukemia for 1 3/4 years now. It looks like she may be losing that struggle but she has handled the day to day routine of it with a dignity and optimism like most wouldn’t. I never heard the familiar question from her mouth, Why me? So here is the Bridge in the song I wrote for her: Hope is real good/ Gives her a reason to get up/ A very good medicine/That makes her feel/Like she is flying with people by her side/And the road is wide open. and the Chorus: Holding onto hope/And pushing forward/Is all she can do/When the news isn’t particularly good/Spending too much time/Thinking about it/Makes her feel sad/Through it all she gets through the day/With HOPE. I rushed this one to “the press” and copyrighted it because time is running out for her and I wanted people close to her to have something to hold onto for emotional support before she passes and so she might know through the spiritual airways how I feel about her. Not like usual, I have put up the entire song at the top of this blog. Maybe some of you have a family member or a friend who is going through something similar and this song will provide you with an uplifting and hopeful musical beat to get you through your day. It is written in the key of C major, and I describe it as introspective upbeat mild uptempo when I notate the sheet music. People who are sick need to go to concerts or just get out and listen to music to feel better, too. Why not have this feel-good song on the music program? I want to thank Daisy Nenz in Kenya for becoming a FAN loving That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. That song was written to emphasize how to look at the meaning of beautiful in a positive non-competitive way. Also, DesertSpringsIris in Nevada, an important 2016 presidential election state, became a FAN after listening to She’s Got A Way, a B J song about what it feels like to be loved. Thank you both! Thanks to Tyesha Gaither in Texas for enjoying There Is No One I’d Rather Travel With But You, Because I Can, and On The Sunny Side Of The Street, all upbeat songs and lots of fun to perform. Thank you to Adam Blayor in California for liking That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be and Misty, both really nice songs that live in the right place in the heart with music lovers. Ervin Tomczak said about my blog,” I’m very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there…” and from Greg Whittle, “This website offers quality.” Those comments are music in my ears! Keep coming back and also tell your friends who like to read about how music is written and its backstories to visit joshuaelimusic.com to read my blog and while there also listen to my music and learn about me and while on the go under Joshua Eli Kranz listen to my music on soundcloud.com and watch me performing and recording my songs on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz and listen to me while on the internet on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli. I appreciate each of you for your interest in my music. That interest contributes to making my days more worthwhile! Happy Halloween, too. I love that holiday!
It is always best to listen with earbuds to enjoy the music fully.
Why You Mean So Much To Me is the title of the new song I just finished. I have now written about two-thirds of the songs for my second album. This song is one of them. Having an important long-lasting friendship sustains me when it is not about going some place or needing anything but when my comfort level is absent or uneven and I just need a person to spill out my thoughts to or steer me back to a smoother or clear path. So here is the Bridge: Being a TRUE friend isn’t easy/It takes trust, care, and honesty to make it work/She’s a person who will tell me how it is/Tough love can be hard to take/But a great friend will make that sacrifice/And not lead me some other way. I am thankful to know and have a few people like that. The song is written in E flat major, a good key for my voice. The introduction is written with chromatic chords and with sharp 9’s and flat 5’s. The pattern of the song is 2-5-1 chord progressions in E flat. I’ve inverted 3 and 4 note chords and put the root in the bass. There is no real bass line. The chorus has a catchy strict melody, but the verses and the bridge employ vocal improv. The outro sounds like a vocal sax line. So this is a jazz song that maybe Buble might enjoy singing. Here is the chorus: You are my friend/I have never known anyone like you/Who makes me laugh as much as you do/You are a rock in my life/When I can’t find the right direction to go/You show me the way/I am thankful for you in my life everyday. For me this song is a pleasure to sing because I love jazz, and I like singing about good people who give so much to me. Because of that I was able to write down the lyrics in 1 hour..an easy write. The bridge, chorus and outro are at the top of this blog. It is time once again to thank 20_breanna.rings for being a constant fan of my music! This time she has singled out Near To You Is What I Want, Because I Can, andOne Penny Is All I Need. Each of those songs was a significant comment on my life at the time each was written. Breanna, I see those thoughts resonate with you, too. Also, Barbara Schultz in New Jersey, another of my loyal fans, put her hands together for A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along Withand I Broke Out And Broke Through.The first is the song which expresses how I grew up.. but not fast enough, and the second is about what I discovered in myself after that. Ayumi Kato Alvarez in Japan enjoys Work Moves Me On. A lot of people like that song. It took lots of time to write that song right. Every time I listen to it again, I realize the honesty and truth built into the lyrics. I suppose that’s what appeals in addition to the catchiness of the melody. Also, Clarence Tiegs thinks the audio quality of the songs on my website is ‘really marvelous’ and likes the ‘ nice quality (blog) writing.’ Greg Sorlie of California ‘loves the knowledge presented in the blog on my website.’ It really can’t get any better than people I don’t know liking what I do and coming back again and again. Topping that would be meeting all of you at a gig so we can speak face to face. Please keep reading my blog and ask your friends who enjoy reading about how music is written to stop by. Also, you can read a lot about me at joshuaelimusic.com, see me record and perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and listen to me while on the go on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and hear me coupled with other music artists at radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name of Joshua Eli. There isn’t a day when music doesn’t add to my day. I hope my music adds to your day! I will always welcome your song ideas. It is an honor to have almost 4000 people listening to my music and I still haven’t released my first album officially. Congratulations to Bob Dylan. He has elevated music and lyric writing to the Nobel Prize level. Just awesome for all song writers to have their words honored by association!
Thank you to each of you who have stopped by to read and hear what I have to say about the music I write.