What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz / LA Composer/Performer? Hanukkah in LA..for another religious and cultural point of view at this time of year


Me: DrEaMiNg.   Rain is an experience I enjoy.  The letters r-a-i-n are found in the word “dreaming.”  When it is raining outside, it is a perfect time to dream then write.


To live in a country/Where we are free/To worship and believe/As we wish and how we please That is one of the best gifts derived from living in the United States. According to  the First Amendment to the US Constitution, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. All of us have been born and raised with that accepted creed until January 20 of the year 2017.  Life and the interpretation of that law has been reinterpreted since that date.  Hanukkah, a minor holiday for Jews, takes on added importance today and now becomes a major holiday symbolizing for Jews and for everyone the right to worship and believe as they please.  Jews are embracing Muslims to stand up to the tyranny emanating from the Executive Branch of the US government.  Muslims are being used as scapegoats just like the Jews once were for unsettling occurrences happening around the world.  All Muslims are not terrorists just like all Caucasians are not part of the alt right or members of the Ku Klux Klan.  The opening line of this blog is from the bridge in my new song Hanukkah in LA. I have been thinking of writing a song like this since last year’s holiday season.  Most Jewish kids grow up hearing some beautifully written Christmas music at the holiday time.  I wanted to write my idea for a Hanukkah song for kids, my one-day future kid, and adults who would enjoy hearing another cultural and religious view point at that time of year.  The song is titled Hanukkah in LA.  In LA we don’t experience the winter season typically sung about in holiday music.  I think children growing up in a LA could use a song which identifies with their experience.  So the song begins: Hanukkah in LA/ The beach and the breeze/ And the sun/And the Hollywood palm trees… It is a spirited song written in B flat minor with a Latin cantorial sound in places appropriate to the LA region but strangely enough just right for a Jewish middle eastern sound and Hanukkah song.  To be able to worship and believe as we wish and how we please is EVERYTHING!  That sung statement closes out the song.  I look forward to adding this song to the Hanukkah repertoire. Rajendra T from Nepal and a film director and film editor generously told me after listening to my  music on my up-coming album that he “really loved the songs and said my voice is really good.”  Those remarks by Raj were very encouraging.  Thank you to an anonymous fan for loving Guided By A Moonbeam!  Joel in Toronto liked listening to Hello and Will You Love Me Tomorrow and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago.  And also, my appreciation to Nia Babar in the UK for enjoying Not An Ending After All and One Penny Is All I Need.  We all seem to move in similar circles. Check out my website joshuaelimusic.com to find out more about me and watch me record and perform on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz or listen to my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, and while out and around listen to me under Joshua Eli Kranz on SoundCloud.com or you can check me out on Tumblr.com under Joshua Eli or look into Vimeo.com/joshuaeli.  Thank you to those of you who are regular listeners of my music and thank you to those of you who have recently found their way to my music!

Please listen to Hanukkah In LA at the top of this blog entry.  I would enjoy hearing what you think.

So that is Hanukkah In LA  and at this moment the World Series in LA.  I am rooting for the local team with Kenley and Cody and Justin and Joc and Austin for LA and Jose and Justin and Will for Houston, but the truth is both teams are totally great creating a very exciting time for fans in LA and Houston. I’d love to go to a Victory Parade in LA to celebrate. HINT.  It’s been almost 30 years!

I will be going off to a new and interesting place and hope to come back with some valuable experiences that affect me and so my music. Until next time.


Joshua Eli

November 1, 2017