What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz..LA Composer/Performer? Thanks, JoAnn!

Just the chorus and bridge…

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DSC_0757croppedI have just completed the lyrics for a song about a very important person in my life and her influence on a personal and landmark discovery for me.  JoAnn is a professional musician and piano teacher mentor who introduced me to jazz and nurtured me while I experimented with it.  In looking back over my music career, I wouldn’t be where I am in music without her and my mom encouraging me to study with her.  Mom was afraid that I was getting disenchanted with studying music conventionally.  JoAnn was exceptional.  She felt connected to and inspired by Charlie Chaplin.  She taught in an unconventional location in the Hollywood Hills.  I even played a jazz version of  Chaplin’s Smile with her. She was the consummate musician, not constrained by any particular music genre. She was just what I needed when I was 16 years old.  I wanted to be free of the constraints of my classical music training.  So musically she listened to how I felt and to my playing and led me into jazz.  For me jazz is like the combination of a perfectly fitting soft leather glove and the woman I have been dreaming of meeting side by side.  With jazz my piano skills blossom and develop and my curiosity is pushed forward like a bald eagle gliding and buoyed up with the wind and coming in for a landing on a tree stump in a beautiful lake in Ketchikan and then quickly taking off again.  In more than 23 years I have not lost my interest and enthusiasm playing jazz.  It is not the least bit boring since I am always creating my sound. I have not named a song up to now after anyone, but this song I call JoAnn for her, out of my deep respect for her. From the chorusJazz is a part of me/From my soul to my fingers/As I hit each piano key …It’s perfection/Between the notes and the silence/That is where I feel like I am at home And from the 3rd verseShe showed me what it meant to improvise/So when I write and play/ You can understand what I have to say.  JoAnn is straight ahead jazz in the key of C. It drives like a well-tuned car. I built the song on a 12 bar blues pattern, the first jazz motif I learned,.. but the lyrics are anything but blues.  Listen up.  I am putting a snippet from the song at the top of this blog. For some reason this song was hard to musicalize right.  It shouldn’t have been though because JoAnn was my perfect teacher. The right people are the people who care. I think she now is in the Pacific Northwest.  There are lots of lucky people up there! I want to thank Susie Fisher in Australia for becoming my fan after listening to A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With. The song resonates with many.  It seems like many of us have been there.. those from the land down under, too.  The political season in the USA in 2016 is a real statement of discord and the need for big change.  So I think that is where I am going with my music next. Well, I didn’t go there yet.  I sat down at the piano today after jamming with some jazz musicians from Local 47 yesterday and a new melody joined my brain to my fingers.  It is not the usual development for me since my chicken and the egg is lyrics before the music.  It is a beautiful melody.  I wonder where it will take me. Thank you, everyone, who are now walking over with your fingers to visit with me and my writings in this blog.  Thanks for listening to my music and reading about me at joshuaelimusic.com or under Joshua Eli Kranz at soundcloud.com or being one of my 3000 listeners on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli or tuning me in on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.

Until the next time when we can talk music again..

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

August 8, 2016

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz LA Composer/Performer? It’s Good To Have Some Good Times And Experience Carole King

It’s Good To Have Some Good Times…Just the chorus

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DSC_0757croppedHow about Venice Beach and the ocean and the cool breeze and getting out of the house on a very hot day and not driving but taking the new Expo extension and taking a walk the rest of the way and it being Father’s Day and lots of happy people and a meal and ice cream and the festive feeling at the Expo station again and the ride home on the train filled with people who were happy and having a good time. So I am writing a song called It’s Good To Have Some Good Times. From the chorus: It’s good to have some good times/ They keep us young/And looking ahead/Feeling like it’s good to be alive/And life is looking up… I saw the Carole King musical Beautiful last night.  I enjoyed it a lot and so did the rest of the audience!  It’s the story of Carole King, the songwriter for awhile collaborating with her husband, and finally later in her career, writing solo about her own life experiences and performing her songs.  I found lots to relate to that applies to my work and my life, sort of watching a bit of my life on stage. Because of that, it felt even a little uncomfortable. That is probably why the show along with the music was so good…it felt so real and true.  I recorded Carole King’s Will You Love Me Tomorrow a while back because I felt like I needed to. You can listen to my recording of that song on my website and elsewhere as listed below. I wrote the music for It’s Good To Have Some Good Times before I saw the show, but I’m doing some fine tuning regarding the music since attending the show.  Hopefully, I will get the music completed by this evening and be able to share more of the details. …Yes, I did finish it now. I wrote it in the key of D Major in smooth jazz and started verse 1 with a conundrum about the forest and a short interlude to get the listener thinking.  The song is built using 10 different chords.  The chorus has a syncopated line. I am putting up the chorus without the syncopation at the top of this blog.  I think Carole King did influence the final sound along with Antonio Carlos Jobim and his song Wave. I want to thank Susie Soriano from Duarte and Goldman Records for enjoying Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You and A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With. Both songs were personal statements.  Both of those songs say a lot about the choices we have and decisions we make.  I now have close to 3000 devoted listeners to my music.  That is great for someone new at this! I had a short set back with a summer cold the past week.  Now I finally am back at the piano writing.  Actually, though my cold was not pleasant, it gave my brain a little down time which I think was beneficial.  Vacations, even health “vacations,” are important and do improve my productivity in the scheme of things.  Please listen to my music and find out more about me on joshuaelimusic.com or listen to my songs on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz or maybe listen to my songs on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, and why not see me record or perform my songs on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.  Also, I would be pleased if you tell your music friends about my blog, joshuaelimusic.com/blog, where I discuss the backstory and musical details concerning the songs I write.  So far the summer weather has been pleasant.  I hope it is the same where you are.  A very Happy Birthday to those of you who are having a birthday this month! Getting older usually comes with getting wiser.. understanding more.  I hope all of you having birthdays are so blessed.   Becoming wiser and more understanding is a wonderful birthday gift to propel all of us further forward in a positive way!

Sincerely…always,

Joshua Eli

July 14, 2016

After finishing this blog I learned about the massacre in Nice.  It’s hard to understand what motivates someone to destroy the Good Times of others!

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? Music is for creating a better world not to destroy it.

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Most writers, artists, or musicians write or paint themselves into their work. I began writing I Found My Way, a song about myself dealing with insecurity and the internal forces which keep me moving forward.  Those forces are the elements which enable me to compose music and write lyrics.  A funk/gospel Dave Brubeck sound seemed the right way to musicalize I Found My Way.  I plan on writing in a drum part to go along with the piano before recording this song. The lyrics have a hopeful feel because that is how I am fortunate to feel in my new place in my life.  I wrote I Found My Way in the key of E major. I am inspired/I learn from doing different things/No barriers can hold me back/I give everything I do my all/ And if I fall/I get right back up/Like a springboard/ It’s called resilient…There is no time like the present/So I don’t wait/I can’t think what if?/ But what will be/I need to be the best version of myself everyday/So I am at peace with myself in every way. Those are lyrics from the Bridge and 3rd Verse.  I know there may be a contrast between how I understand myself to be and how others think of me since it is a challenge to know accurately how anyone  feels.  I am progressing steadily writing down and arranging my music so that I will have the pleasure to have it published and hear it played by other musicians and performers.  Thank you to Ismarlow5 in Iowa who became my fan yesterday listening to Misty.  I have been doing final editing for my album.  Each time I listen to Misty, I realize how much I like the lyrics: I get misty, just holding your hand…/Can’t you see that you’re leading me on? / And it’s just what I want you to do, /Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost/ That’s why I’m following you./ On my own, / When I wander through this wonderland alone, / Never knowing my right foot from my left/ My hat from my glove/ I’m too misty, and too much in love. Johnny Burke got the feeling of being in love perfect and Erroll Garner wrote just the right music for it.  You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com or on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz or on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name of Joshua Eli. Also, you can check out YouTube.com to see me perform my music.  Please tell your friends who enjoy the backstory of music writing to check out my blog at joshuaelimusic.com/blog. Thank you for reading my blog and listening to my music. It’s feels good to have you on my side.  Orlando…What happened in Orlando is deplorable.  It is horrible that it happened when the LGBT community were dancing and listening to music. Music is for creating a better world not to destroy it.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

June 17, 2016

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? Art Copies Life.

DSC_0757croppedToday I have a healthy wrist!  My bandages are off and though my right wrist and palm are still sore from my surgery, I am back at the piano.  Yesterday felt good to drive again, exercise at the gym but being very careful with my hand, to write and eat with my hand and play and compose at the piano.  It is absolutely true that we don’t appreciate something until we don’t have it, even though for me it was temporary this time. Yesterday composing at the piano was very easy even with the pain still present. Feeling happy blotted out some of the pain.  I appreciate my hands, my voice and eyes and ears like I never did before… without them I would be far less the person I want and need to be. While at the clinic getting my bandages removed and learning what I needed to do to get my hand back to normal, I had a discussion with a musical theatre lover, the PA. We discussed how art copies life.  It is true for me. She was very interested in what I do and am writing and wants to come and see my show when it’s up.  And so I sold the first 2 tickets! The book for the musical I am writing comes from an interesting and wonderful emotional time of my life that ended. When that experience ended, it was like a prolific organic vegetable garden hit by a frost.  As nature thawed and I came back emotionally, new leaves began sprouting on the plants… new ideas showed up in my mind that were forced into dormancy because of the sudden frost. Now those plants… new thoughts… are flowering and started to produce a new crop.. some new ideas and new music. After awhile I started to do things and write in music and words how I felt.  Yesterday I worked on a song I began in the days leading up to surgery.  It will be on the second album I am planning and working on.  The album’s theme is about significant people in my life.  This one is about someone who I really didn’t care for that much, in fact really disliked because of his ways, but who taught me a significant amount of what I know about musical literature and performance. It does seem like important learning experiences come from a challenge or a failure. The title of the song is Floating In A Great Space and is operatic with cadenzas. I wrote it in A minor and ended the song with an A falsetto mix.  Operetta is  the musical genre we were studying when I began studying with him, though I don’t feel I need to please him.  Here are a some lines from the first verse: …ruled with an iron fist/His attitude was coarse/He always walked around hoarse/No one knew/ When he was about to blow/He put you in your place/And sometimes got in your face/ Made you feel uneasy at every turn. When I finally could push away how he made me feel and realize that what I learned from him came with a high price, …I could walk on solid ground/Now I was floating in a great space/And I didn’t feel out of place any more (from the chorus). So I can now type and now one week after my bandages are off, the pain is almost gone, and I have a better hand.  I know now what to expect from the next surgery. The recovery, though there will be pain, should be easier because it will not be on my dominant hand. This week you can listen to my new music which should be up first on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. You can read about me and listen to my music on joshuaelimusic.com and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.  For internet radio lovers, listen to me on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli. Thanks to each of you for listening to my music.  Thank you Brendan W. and Kent Morgan for your appreciative comments about me and my blog, and drn.stn from Japan, geneclash, medusawords, Michelle Stripe, MakersofMusic RockbBand, and Talia_music, thank you for coming by and reading my blog. Thank you as well to my new fans: Sharon Dizo in Toronto, Canada who really likes I Just Can’t! and yumim91 in Tokyo, Japan who likes Will You Love Me Tomorrow?  Yumim,  that song always makes me pause and think.   Please enjoy the long Memorial Day holiday safely.  We remember all the military men keeping our country safe for us and in different places in the world and those who did that and are no longer alive.

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

It is a nice lyric.

Joshua Eli

May 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz Composer/Performer? It was a day like any other day, but something was different.

To fully appreciate my music, I suggest using earphones for your listening pleasure.

DSC_0757croppedIt was a day like any other day, but something was different.  I could breathe again and feel like the life I was meant to live was about to start over.  Not that I wanted to cover up the past like it had not happened, but I wanted to start feeling whole again.  These are the opening lines from a musical show I have started to write that will incorporate lots of the songs and lyrics I have written up to now.  So I will tie together my music into the story it was meant to tell.  The book for the music will allow me to relive some very happy and very sad unraveling moments and some moments in-between and after.  For me the supremely important part is that from something that didn’t turn out as hoped, something personally very good sprouted.  I discovered the depth of my ability to compose music and lyrics and now write literature. I am a believer that everything that happens is for a reason and reveals itself eventually.  I had been searching for my life’s work which would allow me to feel fulfilled and happy while doing it.  Something that didn’t matter what others thought was good or not as long as I liked it and I liked doing it. That could be a definition of art. My hands are not in to typing yet because of a recent surgery on my right hand, but my mind is sharp and ready to verbalize.  I am guessing you will find the journey interesting and the music quality.  There is lots of beautiful and interesting music that will add to and explain the story.  Music has a way of adding a dimension to everything.  The important people in this story are good people with personal limitations without which there would not have been a story to tell. Because elements of the story will seem familiar, the feelings and thoughts they evoke should ring loud to many, helping them see as I have, there is life after disappointment.  Please listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli, and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. Please mention my blog, joshuaelimusic.com/blog, to your friends who like music and who are interested in the development of music and its offshoots.

Thank you sincerely for reading this blog and listening to my music!

Joshua Eli

May 14, 2016

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz/ L.A. Composer/Performer? You really can only depend on people close to you.

DSC_0757croppedThe past few weeks while composing music and lyrics I feel like I am going through therapy trying to find my correct words to describe how I feel about and also describe people who have always been very close to me. My desire is to discover and reveal honest and positive feelings that describe in music the people and animal-people I really care about.  A performing arts teacher who left a huge impact on me said when I first met him in class that songs are sung monologues. For me that meant that a song should mentally transport its listener into the mind and heart of the singer and composer, and what is sung should be an intelligent and emotional discussion with the listener.  The listener should hopefully consider the experience beneficial, even artistic, but at least educational.  I decided next to write a song about my family.  My family is small but important for me. Here is the chorus: Because we are a family/We love and disagree/And get back up and brush each other off/We don’t let each other fall through the cracks/Because we have each other’s back/I know who will always stand by me/Whatever comes. Like Goldilocks, the chorus is JUST RIGHT and inspired me to write a beautiful melody for the song in the key of E flat major.  In fact we are a family who really need each other in so many ways but each also needs his own personal share of independence.  That is where disagreements can creep in.  It is easy to overlook the importance of what we have and are busy living.  Committing to writing about it can reveal a lot. And it happened that way for me.  Actually given that two very important family holidays are imminent in May and June, it was the perfect song to write. I have some down time for a few weeks because of a necessary surgery on my right hand that I had yesterday.  In several more months I will have a follow-up surgery on my left hand.  The procedure resulted from the wear and tear of using my hands intensively for lots of years on the piano and other instruments.  So during this not usual time I will begin dictating the book for a musical I having been planning on writing.  Then I will have two experts in my family add their edits to bring it up to fine writing. I am looking forward to this experience because it will use all the musical experience I have collected in conjunction with relevant personal experiences.  I think I’m ready for this and am looking forward to it.  Once again, thank you to all of you who are reading my blog.  A sincere thank you as well to those of you who are listening to my music on joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name, Joshua Eli, and for watching me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz.  Please pass my blog address: joshuaelimusic.com/blog to your friends who are interested in the backstory of how music is written. There is no better way to find happiness than to do the things that are personally enjoyable.  This year I am happy to be able to work on composing music, writing lyrics, recording my songs and now writing a small cast book musical. There will be some new music appearing on my listening spots very soon.

Sincerely as always.  Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers in my audience.  I hope some beautiful music and lyrics while sipping a vanilla latte will contribute to your special day!

Joshua Eli

May 8, 2016

 

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? Putting Music Back Into The Song

Blogarama - The Blog DirectoryDSC_0757croppedIt’s tough writing about people you know.  I have set a goal for my second album to write songs for it about important people who have contributed to my life.  My experiences with them have affected me a lot.  Many of you may connect with them and the experiences as well.  I am working on two songs at present.  One is about our dachshund dog family and the other is about my brother.  The first was very easy to write.  I call it I Just Want To Be With You And Where You Are. Feisty with smarts to match/They have big personalities…are a couple of lines in the opening verse of the dachshund song written in the key of C major, the happy key.  I wrote the accompaniment for the song so you can hear them walking in their singular way. The second song was lots harder to write well though I know my brother well.  It is hard to write a song or even paint a picture so that after it is finished you really know that person.  That was my struggle.  It is hard to distill a whole lot of years of experiences and thoughts into 3 verses, a chorus, a bridge, and an Outro. I ended up adding a post-verse before the Outro, something I’ve never done before. I think I have more than accomplished what I set out to do.  I asked my dad to listen to He’s A Rebel when I finished writing the music and lyrics.  He gave it a thumbs up.  I value what he thinks.  I believe you will enjoy it too.  It is entirely different than anything I have written so  far.  It needed to be.  It is a rock song with a beat and an interesting story. Here is a few lines from the first verse: He’s a rebel/ Clever and smart/ He’s a reader/ A reckless risk taker/ He has to push the limits... I wanted to write the kind of music my brother enjoys listening to since the song is about him.  So far he has lived a life that would challenge most of us.  His life is and has been no less than interesting.  It is written in F # minor.  A minor key was my choice because the tone of his story demanded it.  It will be awhile before I will record these two songs, but then I will have plenty of time to discover how I will perform them.  I received a compliment today that I really value coming from a professional musician who has tons of professional performance behind her.  She said, “my music composing has put music back into the song”. It was an honor to be told that! I need to personally thank a few of you for listening to my music multiple times: Barbara Schultz in NYC has been listening to my jazz songs, Anala Vasquez, Roger Scherer in Illinois, Dino Anzoletti in Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide happens to be the name of one of our dachshunds.), Jerry Mansfield, Michelle Jones, Ashley Bowen in Texas, George Rogers in Michigan, and Linda Kiary in Italy. Thank you! I will soon have 2000 listeners.  Many of them are regulars. At joshuaelimusic.com and on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, you can hear all my recorded music to date. You can also see me recording and performing it on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz. Good music and lyrics can inspire and make our life experience more complete.  Last night I had the opportunity to sit in the audience for a wonderful and meaningful show, Kinky Boots. I know and it reminded me again vicariously how important music is for self-expression! It won’t be long before you will be able to listen to a new set of my music and a cover.

Sincerely as always,

Joshua Eli

April 25, 2016

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz, L.A. Composer/Performer? It felt pretty nice to experience a remarkable day!

 

DSC_0757croppedToday felt pretty remarkable.  I laid down 6 songs in the recording studio in under 2 hours.  I felt prepared and because of that, being creative came easy and it sounded creative, too.  I started the session with the re-recording of Will You Love Me Tomorrow.  I made my previous recording of that song better so listen to it again. Tell me what you think. Next came Not An Ending After All that I wrote with my brother a while back before he left on a vacation to Busan, South Korea. It is all about beginnings not endings. That song just screams: put me on this recording. Then there is the very warm-feeling song, There Was No One I Would Rather Travel With But You.  Moving forward, I recorded I Don’t Think I’ll Look At It The Same Way Again.  It doesn’t sound like a happy song from the title, but it is,  and ends with some happy sounds which fit with the mood.  Next I recorded a song all about sounds, There Are Sounds All Around. It moves very fast. I kept up and had fun performing it for the recording session. It came out great.  It was a very quick write, too. Finally for this session, I recorded the Mercer standard, That Old Black Magic. In that song I was able to focus on what makes me a jazz performer and instrumentalist in all ways.  The track is 7 minutes+ and has a lot to offer.  I am proud of it… really I’m proud of all of the work I did today. The session was very productive.  The engineer I use always does a good job to make a session easy and this session was just that way once again. My working producers were there to help it all along and do the videoing.  In a couple of weeks the music should be up in all places so you can listen.  I am appreciative of your support of my music and look forward to hearing what you think.  You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com and on soundcloud.com on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel.  Also, you can hear my music played on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name.  If you would like to see me play my songs, look at YouTube.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel.  Thank you to all of you for sending your good vibes. Thank you George Fullard, Ruth Marquez, Dino Anzoletti, Mikaela McKnightit, Margo Wright, Ayesha Babar, Jerry Mansfield, and Joseph Maresca!  Each of you listened to several of my songs. That’s the sort of thing that makes my day!!

Sincerely,

Joshua Eli

April 9, 2016

 

 

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz? Composer/Performer in L.A? 2 songs: Sharing Photographs And Popping The Question…All In One Day.

DSC_0757croppedSharing Through My Camera Lens is the song I have been working on and just finished.  It is in A flat. The Outro sums up my point of view for the song: A photograph tells so much about who we are/ Sharing what I see through my camera lens.  A few lines in the lyrics I especially like: Our pictures express/ How we feel about what we see./ Through my camera I do have control of that. Today with digital photography and especially cell phone photography,  sharing photos takes on the quality of a language. The melody for Sharing Through My Camera Lens is bright and illuminating. It has a similar feel to Gliding in Ragtime. The song along with its lyrics was meant to leave you with the pleasurable value of holding thoughtfully taken photographs in your hands and remembering .  At about the same time I was finishing My Camera Lens song I watched a news story on the internet both funny and charming that inspired me to write a song about a surprise.  Their surprise was about having a baby. Mine was another kind of surprise. It was so easy to write.  I call it The Big Surprise.  It is about popping the big question.  So this song tells how I imagine it could happen.  There it was like a shot in the dark/ Something so special/ That I couldn’t hold it in…While I hid that big smile on my face/ Then a lightbulb went off in your head…/Today was the day you’d …been waiting for/That big surprise. The melody has the allure  and gentle beat like that in Somewhere That’s Green. So far it is in C Major.  It will take a while for me to work up both songs to where I think that they are ready for the recording studio. So now I know what I will be doing this week in addition to preparing for my next recording session that should complete my 1st album. Once again I want to thank Cathy Vitura St. Angelo from Nevada for listening to my music and demonstrating your huge loyalty and the same to JKriederKrieder. Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You is such a perfect line to follow for us all; I am pleased JKrieder you chose that song as one of the songs you chose to listen to. Also, thank you Clarice Oclime in Washington for listening to Misty and You Are Beautiful And I Want You To Be.  Misty is a beautiful song that inspired me in many ways many times. To my new blog readers: Fighting season in Toronto, Goodgirl PR in LA, drn.stn in China, sasab8sara in Germany, Josesandovall in Dallas, TX, zimfanpage, Antonio Cirillo in Niagra Falls, and carriedaway in Toronto, thank you for your interest in my musical thoughts, ways and feelings.  I would be living in a vacuum with no fresh air if not for all of you who come to visit bringing in lots of fresh air so I can breathe comfortably and write down and compose music that feels new and good for me.  Just a reminder you can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com or on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com or watch me record my music on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on YouTube.com and listen to my songs on radioairplay.com on the Joshua Eli channel,  Joshua Eli is my preferred performance name.

With appreciation for all of you,

Joshua Eli

April 8, 2016

What’s Up With Joshua Eli Kranz L.A. Composer/Performer? I would be honored to be considered an excellent jazz artist.

DSC_0757croppedI feel like I am on a world music tour.  My music is now playing everywhere, places I have not thought to go… I’m in those places too.  I write all my own music and lyrics except of course the covers and interpret all of them in my personal autobiographical way.  When I turn my music on and put on my earphones, it feels like I’m driving on the open road, remembering… and thinking and imagining about what’s coming.  I am a pretty regular guy. After listening I realize regular guys too have good stories to tell.  I recently finished what I call my love song: I Feel Like I Am The Luckiest Man Alive.  It feels like me describing what it means and feels like to love someone.  The bridge is especially loaded with personal truths: There is no one I’ve known like you/ That can make me smile or laugh/ And feel as comfortable as you do./ It is rare to find someone who truly gets me/ And doesn’t want me to change who I am/ For you. I have written a lot of songs now, almost enough for 2 albums, but I think this one is pretty special  (Truthfully every song seems special when I am working on it because of what is inspiring me.) and will be on my first album. The music has a jazz sound with syncopated rhythms and interesting modulations in the chorus and bridge.  It is written in D major and is my first song with a pre-verse so it is a bit longer than the other songs I’ve written. When I love an idea and want to musicalize it, I often turn to jazz, my first love in music.  For me it would be an honor to be known as an excellent jazz artist. Maybe one day I will name someone with the name Jazz E.  I am now writing a song about pictures which document my life and others. I’ll let you in when my process is up and running. My newest songs are now on my website at joshuaelimusic.com.  While on the go, try listening to my music on soundcloud.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel.  When you would like to watch me play and perform, check out YouTube.com on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel.  You can always catch my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name. To Jennifer Mariuz-O’Brien in Richmond Hill, Canada and Cathy Vitura St. Angelo in Nevada, a special thanks for your loyalty.  You are both listening to my music a lot. When I see your picture a big smile fills my face ear to ear!  Thanks to all of you who are listening to my music and reading my blog. I hope I will be able to meet some of you in person as time moves forward.  I will be hosting a breakout gig when my album is complete.  There you will be able to pick up an EP, listen to me play and perform the songs on my album, eat something nourishing and chat about music and meet the people behind the scene who have helped me make the album happen.  There will also be a music video in production soon to accompany the album.  If you have a suggestion about which song you’d like to see in a music video, write me and make your suggestion known.  I definitely have a few ideas of my own, too.

My sincere thanks to all of you.  Your enthusiasm for my music inspires me to express myself and write and compose more music.

Joshua Eli

March 26, 2016