A little autobiography under the picture…
I am sitting at a table in V’s Cellar Door, a Mexican Korean Fusion restaurant in Juneau. It actually is in a cellar. The entrance is down the staircase.** The food was good (I ate an Infused Seared Ahi burrito with Kimchi), the atmosphere was nice, and the friendly people eating there seemed like professionals since it was only a handful of blocks from the State Capitol building. V stands for Vivian a longtime resident of Juneau who started cooking out of a food truck and then opened her own restaurant and now still caters fusion food from her food truck. The people in Alaska are very inventive. They need to be. It is a hard life. Downtown Juneau has a Brooklyn vibe, a favorite place of mine. It is unusual for me, but over a 12 months period I have visited or will visit 3 pretty cold places. First was Labrador, next was Alaska, and lastly I will go back to Brooklyn for a celebration and some musical entertainment. I actually love the cold that comes with a real winter since where I live is rarely very cold.
You will enjoy it more if you listen with earphones!
On December 27, 2015, I began this blog. This entry is a soft drum roll announcing the 2nd anniversary of the blog’s beginning. Looking back I see that there are 45 entries about my music and the hows and whys for each song written. After re-reading some of those blog entries, I think I may select some of them to be published as a pocket book to accompany my music.. sort of like when you read descriptions and sentiments from the artist when you go to visit and enjoy his/her art in a museum. Publishing a book of my writing is something I would never have imagined doing. On this anniversary I feel extremely proud of the songs I have composed and the lyrics I wrote for them and my discussions that lay out how I built each song and why. For me writing music and keeping to a regular regimen of artistic expression is satisfying and a worthwhile job that gives me the hope I need to create a better future. Just for this occasion I wrote a song set on New Year’s Eve 2017 about how dancing and finding love can be entwined, setting up the new year of 2018 to be a special one. Dancing is just one of the best ways of connecting with someone because you are only inches apart. It is hard not to see and listen and feel. I was in that mood and decided to write about it. The title of the song is Until I Danced The Night Away With You. I wrote it in F major. It has a special sound… a mild 50’s dreamy sound. The chorus has a Grease feel with echoes of Unchained Melody. I gave the bridge a little R&B and pop feel the way I designed it to be sung and as I sing it. For those interested, the chord structure of the song except for the bridge is F Major to D minor, B flat Major 7 to A7 sharp 9 to a G minor 7 F/A inversion, then G minor 7/C back to F Major. The bridge starts with an A7 sharp 9 chord to a D minor 7 moving to G minor 7 and back to a nice resolve for Verse 3.. using C Major. So you see the music is a mixture of major and subtle minor musical sounds. The last chord of the song.. F Major 7..I opened into a soft arpeggio on the piano ending the song in that classic 50’s fashion. I was a genuine Eugene in Grease das Musical in Europe in part of 1999, part of 2000 and part of 2001. The music of Grease is definitely nostalgic and romantic and served as an inspiration for me to write this song. This song could have found its way into the film Ghost or used instead of Earth Angel at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in Back To The Future. Most of the song flowed out easily while writing the lyrics down on paper or when composing at the piano. The musical genre was ‘in my blood’ since my Grease time; so the song was an easy write once I decided on what I wanted to write about. That fact was good because about the same time I was writing the song I was caroling around town as a paid singer spreading holiday cheer for VOC. I have been doing that for 5 years to feed my retirement account. Retirement seems far off but 25 years can fly by when working and having a good time most of the time.
Here are the first verse and chorus for what feels like a beautiful New Year’s song:
I step toward you.
You stand still waiting for me.
Your eyes are blue-green gems.
They entice me close,
And you slip inside my arms
Like a gentle breeze.
Dancing close to you.
It’s the only thing I want to do.
I love moving with you
And your warmth close to me..
Us speaking softly
And just dancing the night away.
Thank you to georgemikemiller from Coupeville, WA for becoming my FAN while enjoying And It Will Be A Great Day WHEN. That song is about the feeling of hope, a good quality to cherish and important for me. Also thank you, Corina Pizarro in Carlyle, Canada for becoming my FAN after listening to my arrangement of Will You Love Me Tomorrow, a tres meaningful song. I am in awe of admin in California for her continued devotion to my music. She listened to I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me and Any Part Would Be Enough and That Makes You Beautiful And I Want You To Be and She’s Got A Way. Each of those songs speaks of love in a special way from different perspectives.
I look forward to us speaking together through music in the coming year and also hope that in the new year the political turmoil will be taken to the dump so we won’t be distracted away from our best purpose. I have written lots of music waiting to be recorded and a show to be put up. There is no shortage of things I need to do and want to do. The release of my album Joshua Eli… In His Element will happen soon proceeded by the release of a couple of singles. I hope the New Year will be a productive and a healthy one for all of us. It is important we realize how important we are for each other and remember and act like that all through the coming year.
Happy Birthday to my MOM and Happy Anniversary to my PARENTS and Happy Birthday M E! That ‘s 156 years altogether celebrated… with many more years to come!!!
Please listen to Until I Danced The Night Away With You at the top of this blog.
Play it on New Year’s Eve. It is a new song written for the 2018 new year. It can be enjoyable to listen to something new while creating a new memory. Your comments are always appreciated.
Sincerely and with a spritz of love,
December 27, 2017 ….Happy New Year!
**V’s Cellar Door