What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz Composer/Performer? If we live, there are stories to tell and songs to write about those stories.



Feeling alone and insecure and afraid happens.. sometimes for a short time.. sometimes for a longer time.  I have lived through my share of those times hoping the storm will calm and I will come away figuring things out.  Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme spoke recently in a commencement address about the importance of difficult moments.  His comment was that we need them. My life could never be characterized an easy ride. When the unexpected happens, and it seems to, that is the time for adjusting to and thinking things through.. thankfully with the support of those around me.  So my life is filled with stories to tell and therefore songs to write. The song I wrote and included in this blog is titled That Is All I Ever Need.  It is about how unsettling feelings are pushed away when love becomes real and turns important. There is calm and a real deep feeling of security when discovering true lasting love.  That Is All I Ever Need borders on being sung poetry…lots of words that are key to picturing the truth that is painted in 5 minutes and 9 seconds.  I wrote the music in C major. The music is minimal and sparse to emphasize its poetic story.  Please enjoy listening to the song at the top of this blog.  If we live, there are stories to tell and songs to write about those stories.  I am thankful to all of you my blog readers for coming by and spreading word of who I am: a composer, writer and performer, and what I write and perform.  Please keep coming and listen to my work at joshuaelimusic.com, SoundCloud.com, radioairplay.com, and YouTube.com.  Also look in at vimeo.com/joshuaeli. Thank you jmhunhollywood who heard this track before I published it.  He told me he liked “the strong chorus and the song reminded him of the quality of  Jonathon Larson’s Rent.”  Nice comment.  Sanne_meisff van der driff in the Netherlands enjoyed my arrangement of Will You Love Me Tomorrow and I Don’t Think I’ll Look At The Same Way Again  and  Misty and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Those are an interesting combination of songs.  Each one has a special meaning attached to it for me.  Lerhonda14 in Illinois listened to Hello and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be. Thank you!!  I felt that I constructed those songs well.  Both have a significant backstory for me.  Hello was written in one writing session.  I also recorded it with only one take. My brother came through his surgery remarkably well, so Independence Day was a day to celebrate.. double. There are a couple of birthdays coming up.  Happy birthday to each of you. I hope each of you are able to find fresh air and a strong tail wind for those things important for each of you in the coming year!


Joshua Eli

July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday! It’s a boysenberry pie made from the berries grown at my home.  Notice the eyes and mouth on the pie like the man in the mountain in New Hampshire saying Happy Birthday to you.