What’s up with Joshua Eli Kranz…LA Composer/Performer? No one will ever make me feel inferior without my consent.

A little history below the picture

If ever we needed a role model with high morale fiber, that time is now.  Eleanor Roosevelt between her mid 30’s through her late 70’s was an activist who supported women’s rights. The rights and defense of the black community were close to her heart and she acted in their behalf.  During WW II she spoke out for Japanese Americans being housed in interment camps. She stood for the human rights of all and America’s promise of opportunity for all.  She worked with and FORR her husband Franklin when he could not. She was chosen by President Truman to be the first US delegate to the United Nations and then later reappointed to that post by President Kennedy. She broke ground wherever she went and with whatever causes she chose to include herself in.  She wrote a syndicated column 6 days a week called My Day and hosted her own radio show and spoke out against the use of glorifying crime and violence in movies. It did not matter if the causes were popular only that they seemed right to support.  With great respect for her and how she chose to live her life, I decided to write a song inspired by two of the things she believed: No one will ever make me feel inferior without my consent and You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ” I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”  With the unfolding of a new decade and at the time of the New Year 2020, it seems appropriate to be Ready To Take On The Next Thing That Comes Alongthe title of my next song. Adlai Stevenson who ran for president against Eisenhower said of Eleanor at her passing: ” What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many? She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.” That statement slightly reworded is also what music does for the world. It does seem that the contributions of  Eleanor R. and what music can accomplish can find a home together in the special world that serves humanity. 

Verse 1

People can say

What they may,

Nice or otherwise,

But no one                                           Eleanor R.                                       

Will ever make me

Feel inferior 

Without my consent.

 

That ain’t gonna happen.

 

And the Chorus..

 

Don’t punch me in the stomach

I will not let you land that surprise.

With my passion

I  plod toward a future

In my own peaceful way.

 

Verse 2

It is not hard to see,

Stitching a heart

To a mind

Can forge a plan

For action,

Mostly to please

Just Me

But also those FORR me.

 

and skipping to the..

Outro

From all this

I feel strong,

Ready to overcome

And take on

The next thing that comes along.

The next thing that comes along,

..that comes along

The lyrics can sound personal and contemporary, but Eleanor Roosevelt felt similarly.  Expression in the 40’s and 60’s was different but she would have expressed herself meaningfully though I am not sure of her exact talent with poetry and music.  She was a writer and communicator.  She spoke up when women were not expected or allowed to be that way.

The key for Ready To Take On The Next Thing To Come Along is B Major.  B Major is not a common key choice because it has 5 sharps and therefore uses lots of the black keys of the piano.  However, all the black keys contribute to the ease of remembering and playing a song in this key.  I love the feel I came up with for the chorus, always an important part of any song because it is repeated to reinforce its sound and meaning and begs the listener to repeat it aloud for himself/ herself.  The chorus’s syncopated melody reminds me of  boxing in the gym slowly hitting a speed bag faster and faster, the bag moving with a force and pulse, but controlled,  in “my own peaceful way.” With the opening verse, I am having a conversation with you the listener.  It is sung the way a conversation would sound with pauses and thought and a pause before the conversational retort,”That ain’t gonna happen.” The second and third verses indicate a backstory and how I put it into action.  That action is like the music of a runner’s legs seeming to just go by themselves with complete adrenaline to the finish line. The bridge speaks of the uneven path along the run to the top of the hill. It is the best part of any experience but only realized long after.   The duo: “in my own peaceful way” and Eleanor’s “ready to overcome the next thing that comes along”, own the song and make my composing effort worth it.  The end of the song has a sweeping feel yet no set ending awaiting for “the next thing to come along.” It is not a long song time-wise, but in that short time the words pack significant wisdom.  Eleanor Roosevelt, not one remembered for physical beauty, beautified the world with  wisdom and tolerance.  She was considered the most admired living woman among Americans from 1948 thru 1961. Please now listen to Ready To Take On The Next Thing That Comes Along and then after that another song I wrote last year, A Beautiful Valentine that was introduced in my blog dated February 14, 2019.  Finally, a throw back to one of the first songs I recorded about 48 months ago, Misty!  I recorded it because someone I knew loved that song.

Please use earphones to listen to the following songs.  You will enjoy the experience more.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s to each of you!!! For the past 48 months you have shown your affection returning to read my blog and listen to the music I write and perform. Thank you.  I have now completed my training to become a composer and now move forward with my passion. Please continue to come back so can we continue together.  The picture at the head of this blog is me celebrating!

Sincerely,

joshua eli                                               

January 26, 2020                                       Seymour  HB!

 

Good-bye(G_d be with you both), Kobe and Gianna

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