I Don’t Think I’ll Look At It The Same Way Again is the name of a song I finished tonight. I think it may be the last song of my album, Joshua Eli… In His Element. When I finish rehearsing all the songs for my next recording session, I will have a solid feeling about this song and its placement on the album. For this song, writing the music was a struggle until someone close to me seeded me with an idea, and then after several days of wrestling, it just flew out of me. I wrote it to have a modified 50’s rock feel in 12/8. The music idea came from watching Grease live on TV a few days ago. It wasn’t the best experience watching the show, but it was pure nostalgia. 17 years ago I toured with that show in Europe. My life changed a lot because of Grease! Anyway I like my new song and enjoyed singing the lyrics to it. Singing it is a bit tricky because of the rhythms involved. I may have to do some fine tuning with the lyrics. I ended up singing the song quite a bit testing it out and laying it down until my voice felt like it was near to giving out. The song is in the key of G and happens to place well in my voice. Here are a few lines leading up to the title: Life’s lessons can be so tough. Better to be smart And not expect much. The 50’s beat gives the song hope, just what is needed! My plan is to take the songs I’ve written for my album and add 8 more songs to those, creating the score for a small cast book musical. My education roots are in musical theatre. It seems like a good place to go from here while continuing to write and perform my music. It feels good to do several things I enjoy at the same time. Thank you to my new fan on radioairplay.com: freakiegeechie1983. The song you liked Any Part Would Be Enough is one of my favorites. The song Dayenu meaning “it would be sufficient” was part of the inspiration for me to write that song. The other was someone I knew in Baltimore. Also, from radioairplay.com, thank you to angandgary in New Zealand who likes Work Moves Me On. It seems to be a very popular song around the world especially in Japan. It took me about 2 weeks to get the lyrics just right while writing it. It almost seemed in a few places likes writing a patter song because there are lots of words sung quickly. I also changed the melody several times to fit the changes. A family friend, Kevin, likes that song. He was the first to give it a thumbs up. It feels so nice to be appreciated for what I do. It is a wonderful Valentine’s present to have those of you listening to my music and reading my blog! I enjoy reading your comments. You can listen to my music on my website joshuaelimusic.com and on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on soundcloud.com. On my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on YouTube.com you can see me performing my music, and you can listen to my music on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name. My dog Rose likes to sing to my music. I know she is getting better since her major surgery because she is starting to sing again! Thank G_d for that!!
February 8, 2016
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone decide if it’s good or bad. While they’re deciding make more art… Andy Warhol. That is a nice statement and implies what needs to drive any artist: our brain, our feelings, what passes through our eyes and by our ears and find interpretation in our brain. Those sources are a direct connect from and to my soul and are my tools to produce the music I share with each person who listens to what I write. I write for me and wish that you understand and appreciate the music I write and can find meaning in it to apply to your life as well. If you do, it’s good for you. If you can’t or don’t care for it, then it’s not good for you. Keep checking back in because I have lots to say. There is a high probability I will write something for you which will cause you to think. You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz on soundcloud.com, on my channel Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, on radioairplay.com, and watch me perform on YouTube.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz. Thank you for reading my blog! Our mini-dachshund Rose had surgery last week. I hope the magic of the wonderful team at the VMTH in Davis was just right and will make her well again!
February 3, 2016
There exists too much talk attacking the characteristics of others: color, gender, religion, their honesty. Also, not much is said about opportunities for the disabled or universal job creation so that everyone can work at a job they care about and are trained to do. So I have started to write a song about all people being allowed to reach their full potential and celebrating the significance of it. We each of us need to work at what makes us feel useful and get support for the pitfalls that may come up. We need to be covered by a rainbow spreading its beautiful light over us. I am writing the song in James Taylor or John Tesh style to be sung by a choir, to inspire, to be sung in a movie, for a TV show or a children’s show or Disney movie. It’s in C major so it is upbeat. The sound is pop oriented with flourishes. It would sound great played by an orchestra. The chorus was an easy write; the rest is taking a bit of time to tell the story without sounding like a preacher. I call it We Need To Live In The Arch Of A Rainbow. I am very appreciative of my new fans: listim70 in the US who likes The Simple Things For You And I
and Crystal Powell in New Zealand who likes listening to Hello, Any Part Would Be Enough, and The Simple Things For You And I, and Zaza R. in Georgia who likes Work Moves Me On, and CCepuran in Daytona Beach, Fla. who likes You’re Beautiful And I Want You To Be! Thank you for giving me that nice feeling that what I am writing means something to you. You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com, and under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, on radioairplay.com or watch me perform on YouTube.com on my Joshua Eli Kranz channel. Thank you, Joe Watt in Nottingham, for reading my blog! It is nice to share with you what excites me and moves me on. Also, THANK YOU to all of you who are reading my blog!
February 2, 2016
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ” The words of Archimedes. It is my wish to do just that. I believe when I sing and play the piano my music allows you to feel how I feel in my inner self and to sense the importance of my relations to others close to me. When listening to the sound of my music you should sense the feeling of the work sung about, the enormous happiness from enjoying the love of someone, the depth of the sadness felt when something comes to a close when you don’t wish it to end, the hugely wonderful feeling of finding my own place composing music, the fun of listening to just the right kind of run on the piano or picturing and reacting to something comedic when it is sung. Because it is important to appreciate the differences between people and how much they need to feel fulfilled and appreciated in all ways, I want to ink a song that when played and sung makes you want to be inclusive and appreciative of all humans… wanting to help everyone find and reach their potential and the significance of just that. I think the task will take a little time but it should be an interesting hike beginning to end. As I write the lyrics and then the music for this new song idea, I want to share with you my progress along the way letting you hear some of my choices. A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO WILLIAM COOK in Thailand who has listened to most of my songs and continues to listen to them again!!! You make my day every time I see your picture announcing that you are listening to another of my songs.. You can listen to my music on joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performance moniker. Thank you to all of you who are reading my blog. It is very nice to share with you.
January 21, 2016
I am almost ready to record 4 new songs and a new cover song that I heard in the Louis Prima/Keely Smith show at the Geffen Theatre last week. I will put my own take on that song: a slightly different arrangement of the melody, speed it up, and do some fast and hot piano improv with some vocal scats. The new songs speak of many things about myself which many may identify with. One has a Latin feel with self-searching, another talks about me and my new mindset…speaking of my new found vocation writing and performing MY WAY and in my time, another called Because I Can speaks of pushing myself outward and forward pushing away any negative thoughts, and the last in this recording set indicates that last little bit of holding power a past relationship has on me. One is slow and dramatic, one inspires, one has a pop feel, and one feels like me being sassy. So with these songs I Broke Out And Broke Through… actually a line from one of the four songs. I see progress in what I am writing. With these new songs I am getting better saying what I need to say; however, it often takes a while getting there. I think that is probably how it should be. Work shouldn’t be easy but pay off. The keys of the new songs are B flat minor, G, B flat, and B flat. So this time around B flat seems to be my vehicle of expression. I will be making prelim recordings in my new home studio outfitted with mics and equipment, even booms, that I am proud to have and use! I look forward to the SOUND. The new songs will soon be added to my website joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com, YouTube.com, and listened to on jango.com via radioairplay.com after their final recording in a sound studio. For soundcloud.com and YouTube.com access my channel under Joshua Eli Kranz and on radioairplay.com look for me under Joshua Eli, my preferred recording artist name for 2016! Keep listening and write back to me with ideas. Music sustains me! How about you?
January 16, 2016
I want to say thanks to William in Thailand, Lania in Indonesia, and Low in Ireland and Terry in Berlin who are fans of my music! Keep listening. It sure makes me feel good to know that you like what I’m writing and recording. The past few days I have been laboring over a song in which I finally say good-bye to something emotional and hope that a new day is coming. It was real labor to get the lyrics to say what I mean. Writing the music was hard for this song because it needs to have a special sound with some optimism built in…sort of like taking a steep uphill trail and finally ending in a small unanticipated meadow. Tomorrow is the day I hope to be satisfied with the end product…. Well, it is finished and the sound became Latin with a touch of Italian just the kind of song you could use in a Bertolucci film when two people involved part and go their own way. Singing the song with the appropriate lyrics was the right antidote to complete my emotional journey so I could move forward. The title is I Should’ve Said Good-bye Long Ago. Someone close to me has been encouraging me to write a song with an Italian feel. I had no idea it would be this song. When you get to listen to it you will understand. I will January 12 to be a happy day!
January 11, 2016
Well I have friend Benjamin in Sweden who listened to And Then You Were Gone and a friend in Malta who listened to Near To You Is What I Want. Both tipped me with NeuCoins. Thank you! I have been writing a lot. I have 4 songs in various states of completion. All of them seemed easy to write because each of them sprang from my immediate present. My chicken and the egg goes this way: first I write down my ideas for the lyrics which can take a few hours or a few days and then I get some input from my family. Next I sit at my piano and put music to the words. Usually I decide on the tone which dictates the key and then I experiment with various rhythms. Next I experiment with various melodies. Next I try singing the lyrics with my music ideas to see if my music ideas fit with the lyrics I wrote. Usually there is tweaking with both lyrics and music at this point. Then if I think I’m on to something, I sing the new song through a few times to see how it sets in my ears. Next I invite others to listen to see how they like it and listen to their suggestions. The following day is usually one of improving the flow of the lyrics and making sure that the lyrics say what I want to say. The same goes for the music. Sometimes I leave it alone because I wrote the right music the first time, but most of the time I have to change the music up either a little or a bit or even try something entirely new. After playing and singing the music for several days and setting it aside for a few more and then singing the music and lyrics again for a few more days, I am usually satisfied with the results and am ready to record it at home on my Zoom. I listen to the song some more times and get more input from family and a friend. I may then rerecord it on my Zoom and house mics getting ready to copyright it before going to a studio to record it. Before being ready to record it in the studio, I rehearse it for about 2-3 weeks with the other songs I am planning to record. During the rehearsal time I decide how I want to interpret the lyrics, I write the intro and decide on any piano improv and verse interludes I am going to do, and finally decide how I’m going to finish off the song both vocally and piano-wise. While recording in the studio I usually record each song 3 times hoping to get a very good interpretation lyrically and instrumentally. When the engineer plays back the version of the track I’ve selected, it is amazing and beautiful to listen to the song I wrote and sung and played on piano. My manager videos the session, so I can look at that too. It feels like a complete day in a few hours when I am recording because I get up early to get my voice exercised and sing my final rehearsal. All the songs then need to be put up on soundcloud.com, joshuaelimusic.com (my website), radioairplay.com, and YouTube with documentation, getting ready for their debut on my album Joshua Eli..In His Element for my new and old friends to listen to.
January 5, 2016
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to good things for all in 2016’s 365 days. I especially wish that 2016 will be a good year for Rose, our mini-dachshund. She has a serious health issue and will be having surgery soon. Late last night I finished writing a song tentatively called Taking A New Direction. It seems the right thing to write about on December 31. A line in the song is The rush and feeling of being free. I think it won’t be too long before I finish writing and feel I have the right songs for my album. Then I can test them out in public and listen to what people have to say about my music and lyrics and performance. For the songs recorded up ’til now you can listen to them on my website: joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, and radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my updated performance name. I always enjoy hearing from you, my readers. Write me and tell me what you think after listening to my songs.
January 1, 2016
2015 will be a year I will remember as significant because I wrote some very good music and lyrics to my ear. I discovered the depth of my abilities to compose music and, to my surprise, my ability to put my thoughts in words down on paper to be sung to that music. Once my confidence built after writing my first significant song of the year, Near To You Is What I Want, the dam was unleashed and I kept on writing and composing so that today I have a significant collection of music copyrighted under my name, recorded or soon to be recorded, and an album release in the works: Joshua Eli…In His Element.
There is nothing like discovering something new and valued in yourself and being able to share it with others. My music has been up on my website: joshuaelimusic.com and soundcloud.com and YouTube.com under by name Joshua Eli Kranz, but the new feeling of knowing that my music is being listened to in many countries of the world is an astounding feeling as well. You can also listen to me and my music around the world on radioairplay.com. People I will never meet are “communicating” with me and understanding how I feel through my music.
December 29, 2015
This is an exciting time for me. I am writing songs for my new album Joshua Eli…In His Element. I am the composer/lyricist for all the songs except for the 3 covers. The 3 covers chosen to be included with my songs were selected for their content and to demonstrate how I fit in with the music scene and its composers/performers. The 3 covers were written by Erroll Garner, Carole King and Billy Joel. I sing and play all the songs on piano but will add another instrumentalist in the near future.I am very good at improvising and stylizing on piano and with my voice. I have a rich baritone voice. I also have a comedic side. My lyrics are interesting and based on my experiences. The music on Joshua Eli…In His Element follows an emotional journey with a girl I met and lost and how it felt along the way. I still don’t know completely where it is all going on her account and where that relationship is taking me with my music. Try listening to me and my music. The music I write is beautiful, interesting, and enjoyable to spend some personal time listening to. My strength on piano is jazz but as you will hear I can sing and play piano in many genres. I am impressed that I can write down my feelings so accurately in my music and words. I have my music up on soundcloud.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli (my preferred professional name) and on my website joshuaelimusic.com where you can also read about me and see what I look like and what I have done and am doing. Also, on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz you can see me at Clear Lake Recording Studios recording my music. I look forward to speaking to my new and old friends about composing music/ lyrics and its rewards and challenging moments. For the first time I really feel in control of what I am doing. I enjoy that feeling. I hope you have a nice New Year. I just finished writing a couple of songs. My New Year’s wish is to produce the best album I can and for my new and old friends to enjoy listening to what I can do. Once my album is complete I will be performing my music in LA. Then we can actually meet and talk music.
December 27, 2015