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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.
February 14, 2017
From me: A collectible table-size antique piano
overflowing with almond and dark chocolate
wrapped Dove candy. Happy VALENTINE’S DAY!