What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A.Composer/Performer? Writing a dance song: Do You Wanna Dance?

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Dancing is the ultimate way to get know someone.  While moving together you can sense your partner’s rhythm and emotional response to the music. You also can feel how your dance partner responds to your movements.  Does she follow or lead?  Does she enjoy dancing close or more separate with you?  Has she been dancing a lot or does this seem new. Is she relaxed? Does she speak to you while dancing and is she enjoying herself being with you? After the first dance, does she want to dance with you again? Will she dance with someone else if asked? What kind of music will she dance to? What type of music does she like? Does she sing softly to you while dancing?  How long will she dance? Does she tire of it or does she really enjoy expressing herself while dancing?  Is she inhibited? Is she fun to dance with? Does she notice the others dancing on the dance floor while dancing with you? So in just a few minutes, the average song is 5 minutes or less,  just by looking and feeling and without speaking, a lot can be sensed about the person you decided to dance with.  Dance music, too, is very important for self-expression in addition to being an excellent way when meeting someone to learn more about them without asking directly.. the best way. It also is an introduction to who you are for your partner. If deciding your dance partner is emotionally important to you, dancing is an excellent way to exhibit personal interest since you are moving together to music you both like. It then becomes a mating dance and a way to exhibit how both partners can work on something together.  After this sitting in a chair analysis, I realized how important dance music really is and that I needed to write a dance song. So I wrote the first verse of Do You Wanna Dance? : Seeing you across the room/She’s looking at me/I’m gazing at her/I feel her reaching into my soul/Just as I hear the band play/My heart beats like a loud drum roll/I’m lost to you/Because you are there. Followed by the chorus: You are there/I am here/It’s not so far/Across this crowded room/When our eyes lock/I feel an electric shock/From the way you move/So I extend my hand to you/Lead you to the dance floor/And say/Do you wanna dance?  Do Wanna Dance? is a little longer than the average song I write because it is a dance song. When dancing it sometimes feels like you don’t want it to end.  So Do You Wanna Dance?  was written with four instrumental breaks and a post-verse and outro to do just that, to give the sense that a dance doesn’t have to end if you don’t want it to. Instead of just putting up a part of the song and because it is a dance song, I am putting up the audio of the entire song on this blog entry so you can listen to it at the beach, in the car, etc.  I plan to post in a few days a video of me playing and singing the song on Tumblr.com under blog-blog-joshua-la-composer. Look for it. The song is infective.  For a while I was singing and playing Do You Wanna Dance? a lot to get it right and because it was just running through my mind.   The audio file is at the top of this blog.  I wrote the song in C major allowing the bridge to veer to E major resolving back to C major. When I sing the vocal line in the chorus: From the way you move, I make that sound special the way it needs to be by  jumping to E major again and then returning to C major. I synthesized my own drums, but it will be recorded in the sound studio with a live drummer. Referring to the beat, Do You Wanna Dance? was written as a slow 16 with vocal and chord fills and runs. The music is sparse.  It is a background song to a vocal line.  The music takes second fiddle to the beat. The vocal melody is written with several variations.  It was an interesting song to write and then perform because I tried things I haven’t done before… not the least, it is the first official dance song I have written. Slade Voyles in Texas is listening to my music a lot. A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With, I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me, Misty, And Then You Were Gone, I Just Can’t and Because I Can.  Maybe we should talk one day.  Sounds like we have a lot in common. Also, thanks to Liz Bland from Illinois for appreciating Work Moves Me On and On The Sunny Side Of The Street. After listening to That Is My Dad, a new song I wrote and put on my blog entry for March 26, 2017, Matt shared with me his essay: Songs For My Father.  Matt, what you wrote is beautiful! Besides my website joshuaelimusic.com, YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, SoundCloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, you can check my entries on tumblr.com under blog-blog-joshuaeli-la-composer.  At each location you will be able to learn something about me and listen to my music.  Thanking you for reading my blog and listening to my music is a given.  It is pretty incredible that in all parts of the world almost 5000 people are listening to my music and  almost 500 people have personally written back to me to talk music.  That is huge. 10% of those who listened to my music wanted to comment directly to me. Thank you!  Tomorrow is the new month.  Something new invites new thinking and trying something new.  I look forward to what that might be.


Joshua Eli

April 30, 2017