I 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.
I am excited because today I have some new music to share with you. There is a cover of an old song, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, that was fun to do, came out great (it just spilled out that way on the first take), reaches way back for me since it’s been living in my soul for more than 30 years (how about age 8 when I first played that song in a show with my brother playing the clarinet, but way different!) and expresses my personal attitude today. Also, another song I really enjoyed singing is Because I Can because it is a fair picture of what I am like and the style of music I enjoy writing and singing. I am by construction a jazz artist in my heart and through my fingertips. There is a song I Broke Out And Broke Through about what makes me happy these days and after discovering it, how much better I feel. I wrote We Need To Live In The Arch Of The Rainbow because we’re occupants of a huge world that needs some profound fixing. We all need to have a hand in it. A song could be a beginning. Lastly I wrote two important songs for me I Am Happy You Never Stopped Thinking About Me and I Should Have Said Good-bye Long Ago. Both allowed me to confront my truths and learn from them. Those songs took me through a journey and ultimately were therapeutic. I hope you will find things relevant in my songs for you, too. I want to thank K-Fiyat who is an international resident living in LA/London/Paris for calling my blog Superb! What a nice compliment! Also, want to thank Shawn Stevenson in Maryland for being a dedicated listener of my music. So you love I Just Can’t! I guess you are theatre goers. Me too, my musical education is rooted in musical theatre. And my appreciation to Willemongtery1983 from Mandeville, Louisiana for becoming my new fan after listening to And It Will A Great Day WHEN. I have written several songs now which express how I have felt about and was affected by someone I cared deeply about. That being in the past now, I am writing a song about exactly what it feels like for ME to be in love. It’s a lot easier than to try to figure out someone’s combination lock. I am not sure about the melody yet but the words weren’t too hard to write down. I am moving straight ahead. Yesterday, I saw a beautiful public garden: beautiful flowers including a stunning section devoted just to lilacs, and when getting close, taking in their wonderful fragrance, and flower beds of multi-colored tulips, saw cherry trees in full bloom, listened to Japanese music played on a Koto, stood near a beautiful pond filled with water lilies and inhabited by turtles and frogs, saw closely a world filled with Asian families enjoying themselves in their usual quiet way, ate some food with chopsticks, and celebrated my dad’s birthday there with the 4 of us. I know some of that experience will find its way into my music. Spring is coming. Thank you to all of you who are taking time to read about me and my music! It is a nice feeling knowing that people are listening and interested in my music worldwide. What a present! You can listen to my music and use the link to my blog at joshuaelimusic.com, listen to my music on the Joshua Eli Kranz channel on soundcloud.com, listen to my music on radioairplay.com on my channel, Joshua Eli, my preferred performance name, and see me perform my music on YouTube.com under Joshua Eli Kranz, my channel name. First, try soundcloud.comor radioairplay.com. Those two formats are where my songs will be uploaded first because both soundcloud and radioairplay make uploads very easy.
I enjoy talking music with you.
March 14, 2016, my dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!
Something new: a dream about living out the completion of my life with someone I grew up with. It is called There IsNo One I Would Rather Travel With But You. It is about personal dreams and happenings and a look far into the future. The lyrics make me feel very good inside a la Ed Sheeran. It’s everybody’s dream, and yet hard to accomplish, to find someone to live out your life happily with. The melody I wrote has a funky upbeat R&B sound in the style of the Temptations in D flat major with a sound straight out of the 80’s. The melody is a hit with Rose my mini-dachshund; she just loves to sing it with me. She seems to be attracted to the rhythm and just bounced up to sing. She just gets it. The lyrics came first and then I experimented with different melodies. At first I thought an Irish melody would be right and definitely would appeal to my listening friends in O’Donnell’s Bar in Ireland. But somehow it didn’t sound right and so I moved on to funk. I have never written a song with this sound before and am loving it. It is a fun song to sing and to play plus its message makes me feel comfortable about the future. The unknown is often hard to swallow. So you can tell I really enjoyed this experience a lot! Here’s a few lines from the chorus: You made my travel complete. You were there with me. …. I knew then how lucky I was. There was no one I’d rather travel with But you. My cover for She’s Got A Way seems to have struck a nerve because I have another declared fan for that song: mamacitalina in Santiago, Chile. Also, Jennifer Mariuz-O’Brien in Canada became my fan after listening to Misty and Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You. I started singing Misty for a special person and wrote Life Is About What You Do With What Happens To You to honor Hillary Clinton’s campaign to be the President of the US. Misty is a beautiful song. Thank you! Thanks to Lamont Leak’s thumbs up for my latest blog, and to Chris Meersman, Bonnie Sher, Elizabeth Louise in Australia, and Best.of.Lego in Denmark for checking it out too. Haywire Bank in Sweden likes the album cover for my new album. Thanks! I am very appreciative of all of you and your interest. Please spread the word and listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, on soundcloud.com on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz, see me perform my music on YouTube.com on my channel Joshua Eli Kranz or listen to my music on radioairplay.com under my preferred performance name Joshua Eli. Keep coming back and keep in touch. I just finished a new recording session. Look for the new music I recorded to be published soon once the finishing touches are complete.
Sound fills our life with richness when we listen to music that stimulates our emotions, allows us to converse meaningfully with excitement, often clutters our lives so that we want to escape from it, and can relax us when we listen to the rush of water over rocks in a stream. Sound is my tool. I am writing a patter song in cut time aboutsound. It will be a fun song that should put a smile on your face. The words will spill out fast so you will have to listen carefully. So far it is fun writing it, too. Here’s a couple lines near the beginning of the song: So much sound. It’s like an out of control merry-go-round Spinning around in my head. The lyrics just ran off fast from my pencil lead almost at the speed they are meant to sung. Tomorrow I will put musical sound to the words and hear what it will actually sound like. …. Well, I finished the song today putting it in cut time and started working on fine tuning the lyrics to the patter melody. Kids, adults,…people of all ages should smile while listening to this one. The faster it is sung, the more fun it is! I love to see smiles on people’s faces while they listen to what I wrote. I call it for now Sounds All Around. My dog Rose got a verse in the song. Because she is a wonderful person/dog, she deserves much more than a verse. One day I will write an entire song about her and what she means to me. I don’t think this song will make it into my first album that will be finished soon, but it will make it into the next one. I can’t believe I have advanced that far to think about album #2. I think I’d like to write songs for an album all about important people in my life who have influenced me and throw in some fun stuff to lighten it up. I have had such a nice response to my published music that I would like to thank Cathy Nitura St. Angelo in Nevada, Jerrym119 in Colorado, Shawn Stevenson in Maryland, Enisa Toromanovic stationed in the US Army in Europe, and Justin Gilbert26 in Washington for listening collectively to 19 of my songs! Also, Jezzica Stone, Alejandro Moro, Linda Kiary, and Thomas Trosclair have been listening to my music a lot! I need to visit O’Donnell’s Bar in Ireland! People visiting there are listening to my music. I also have two new declared fans: Michael Jansen, in Germany, and ccepuran in Daytona Beach, Florida. Michael enjoyed She’s Got A Way and And Then You Were gone and ccepuran liked A Game I Shouldn’t Have Played Along With and You’re Beautiful And I Want You To Be. It gives me a nice feeling when I receive that kind of interest for my work. Reading my blog is also taking-off. Claudenoise, zim_fanpage, pandemonium group, Ras Ablaze, northmaine973, KingstonLA, Christopher Meersman, Matthiew Desormeau, and members of the Voices of Christmas Caroling Group deserve a big thank you for visiting my blog. Thank you for the thumbs up! You can listen to my music at joshuaelimusic.com, soundcloud.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz, and watch me perform my music on YouTube.com on my channel, Joshua Eli Kranz, and on radioairplay.com under Joshua Eli, my preferred performing artist name. Your interest in my music moves me on!! Rose, our singing mini-dachshund is on the mend, so say her doctors. Soon I just may write a song just for her to celebrate! Very soon you will be able to hear some new music I’ve written. I am going into the recording studio. Thank you for visiting and reading!!! I welcome your ideas.
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!!
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!
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 Iand 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!
“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.
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?
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!