What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? The desert calms and relaxes us…There Is No Sound Anywhere

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I have discovered something about myself the past few years: I love the desert during the winter and spring.  The desert is solemnly quiet and uncommonly gorgeous.  For me it is an important place to vacation, second only to my love for the mountains.  My dad’s parents used to visit the desert regularly.  I wonder if their appreciation for this environment was imbedded in their genes and I was passed some of them. There Is No Sound Anywhere is what I titled my new song in B minor.  There is a descending B chromatic structure to the chords in the right hand and the bass line jumps between minor and major depending on the direction I am playing. That technical music reality accounts for the feel of wonder and mystery the music projects.  While singing the song, I focus on the bass in my voice and hold out notes in many places to  embolden the mysterious and expansive nature of Death Valley.  The aura of this place doesn’t spotlight dying but adaptation and raw beauty.  Its animals, vegetation, rare pup fish, and inhabitants adjusted in the past and adjust now to the extremes and survive. The place is a testament to the beauty that can be created with the bare minimum and natural adaptations for survival. While in Death Valley I feel calm, my mind is relaxed, there is no sound, and my sleep feels magically restful. The night sky is spectacular.  Its scarce rain sprouts a colorful flower garden on its floor during its short spring.  So the 1st verse: While we’re walking/The desert calms and relaxes us/There is the quiet sky during the day/And the scarce rain that sometimes falls at night/When it’s clear/The stars shine bright/ When I sleep/I feel the calm/Relaxing my mind. And the chorus: Walking the dunes/And their soft piled sand/There is not a sound/But when the wind blows/Like a loud rush of sound going by/Then I am inside my calm protected place. And the bridge: The desert is full of extremes/Flash floods/And roads washed out/ Mountains erode/Then comes the spring/A wonderful season (davening).  When I sing and play this song, I feel the draw to return just in time for the wildflower bloom.  California has been fortunate this year to receive an abundance of rain, north to south. The drought is being pushed away. The majesty of Death Valley’s beauty is accentuated in March after becoming water-colored, and so I will be there.  When I leave DV  I take away the prescription that with a minimum of resources  and extreme patience, people flourish and become beautiful in their own natural way.  I feel encouragement to go back to my work so I can return to this place.  I think that is a good definition for the value of a vacation and a wonderful travel advertisement for this place.  Listen to There Is No Sound Anywhere  and try to imagine how peaceful it could be walking under a blue day sky or star lit night sky.  My dog Rose loves the song, joining in when I play it …singing along with me. Both of our dachshunds come with us to the desert. They fit in easily. We take them everywhere we travel. The song is put up at the top of this blog.  Thank you mimi.williams3 in Florida for liking and listening in rapid fire to On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Because I Can, I Broke Out And Broke Through, and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago.  From the song titles chosen, I am happy that those songs could provide support to begin again.  We are resilient creatures. Thank you to a.pagunsan05 in the Philippines for becoming a FAN after listening to Near To You Is What I Want.  You chose a beautiful song that should find its place in an independent film.  I’d like to hug Jackson Chavarria for saying yesterday my “blog makes men and women think.” We should talk over a vanilla latte one day.  A blog entry from Pokey just asked me to write about physics so he can pass his science class.  That is a non sequitur, but maybe not.  He likes how I write, so that is a nice compliment.  But I don’t think I could write well enough about physics so that you could pass your science course.  I am good at logical human stuff.  If you shoot me off a question about that, I will try to respond thoughtfully.  Don’t forget to share my website joshuaelimusic.com with your friends and listen to my music while on- the -go under Joshua Eli Kranz at soundcloud.com or check me out under Joshua Eli Kranz on YouTube.com to see me recording or performing my music and listen to me alongside my mentors on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name: Joshua Eli.

Thanks to each of you for reading this blog and/or listening to my music at the listening posts mentioned above.  Every time I hear from you, my day is  better!

I am going to try something new soon.  At present I do teach music the conventional way.   Using Amazon I will be giving piano and voice lessons via Skype so I can teach worldwide like my music is listened to via radioairplay.com ’round the world. If you are interested, coming soon, look for more information here and on my website, joshuaelimusic.com.

My thought: Stay close to music, you will be happier.


Joshua Eli

February 26, 2017

Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CA Winter 2017

PS.  Tonight is the Oscars. Support creative people because it is a hard but rewarding and absolutely necessary life and profession. We need creative people to speak the truth and keep our world sane. Few others will do it because of fear.  They (we) are brave.

Devil’s Cornfield, Death Valley, CA  Winter 2017 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? Why not choose a Valentine’s Day song?

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Valentine’s Day is today.  It can be a day of longing for the illusive. While working on preparations for releasing an album of my songs, it hit me that I have written a good number of songs and arranged and recorded a few wonderful songs that are the heart and essence of this holiday.   Reviewing the content of my first album I listened to There Was No One I Would Rather Travel With But You, a warm song about a loving relationship that lasts 50 years!  And then there is one of my first songs: Near To You Is What I Want…when you meet someone and just can’t stop thinking about her and what reminds you of her and wanting to be near her. Then a beautiful and meaningful song about how she affects you and makes you feel good when you are with her just pops out.  It is my jazz arrangement and cover of Billy Joel’s She’s Got A Way. That initial magnetism that attracts you to her when you see her and when you first speak to her I put to song in That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Committing in words how it feels to be in love with her, that’s my vocal and jazz arrangement of Erroll Garner’s Misty.  The desire to move that love toward something permanent is the song  Any Part Would Be Enough.  Wanting to enjoy being and doing together is the imagery in The Simple Things For You And I. This does happen, too: sometimes when a loving relation breaks, listening to And It Will Be A Great Day WHEN softens the heart.  Trying to focus on the sunny side of life can help sustain a love between two people.  That’s my jazz arrangement of Dorothy Field’s On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

Looking into the future for Valentine’s Day 2018 and my second album, there is a song about meeting someone and falling for her with a sparkle called Give Me A Pocket Of Starlight.   When realizing you found Miss Right, the song to latch onto is I Feel Like The Luckiest Man Alive.  Finding the right time to pop the question is expressed musically with warmth  in The Big Surprise.  Also, having a wonderful family you can count on is a beautiful valentine present …so the song Because We Are A Family. Too, having a wonderful  and loving pet that I sketched with lyrics and music in I Just Want To Be With You And Where You Are makes life one big valentine!  Lastly, but only for now, having a friend that sticks beside you is as precious a valentine as a loving pet…so I wrote the song Why You Mean So Much To Me.

Now and in the future why not think of using one of my songs as a Valentine’s Day present for someone you love?  Each was written about a real loving experience and is honest and true. My songs also express kindness and compassion and patience, important stuff.  If a love is budding, these songs can say musically what it is hard to put in words at first.  If a love is developing, one of these songs can back up your words.  There is nothing like pairing words with music in a romantic way.  Sharing music can lead two people to learn and uncover more and more about each other.  Knowledge is what leads to comfort and understanding and true love. I am proud that my personal experiences expressed in my music can help others listening to my music. I want to thank Jerrym119 for becoming a FAN after listening to I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago and daisynenz in Kenya for becoming a FAN after listening to And Then You Were Gone.  Mario Balbustro in California found meaning in And Then You Were Gone and Because I Can.   I am humbled by privsPn for stating that she “enjoyed the words used and thoughts expressed” in this blog.   Though this is the special day to enjoy the feeling of love, it can be a day where some long for the elusive or some think about a past experience with love. Thank you to all of you for liking my music.  Don’t forget to visit my website joshuaelimusic.com where you can hear my music and learn about me or watch me perform my music in the studio and elsewhere on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz and suggest your friends listen to my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, where I am paired with my mentors, and while moving about, listen to me on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.

Thanks to each of you for being my special Valentine!!  I am putting up 2 songs as a valentine present for  you.  One day we will meet when I’m performing my music, and I will get the pleasure to speak to you and perform closer to you.

Sincerely with love…  Thank you for listening to and appreciating the music I write and perform! I am one happy songwriter/performer because of you.

Joshua Eli

February 14, 2017

From me: A collectible table-size antique piano

overflowing with almond and dark chocolate

wrapped Dove candy.  Happy VALENTINE’S DAY!