BORN: Neptune (New Jersey not the planet)
RESIDES: San Francisco
PLAYING SINCE: I was a kid
songwriting is a personal expression rooted in exploring subjects which move me and interpret life events. writing provides an opportunity to delve into a relationship, or even a silly lyrical idea, and express the concept in a three minute story, where you squish words around to get some inexplicably appealing phrasing. sometimes the outcome is focused on that lyrical phrasing rather than the meaning, but once in a while a truth is exposed and the result could not have been achieved in any other way.
performing songwriter with 4 albums.
A Lone Voice review from antiMusic:
"Kronowitt is an established Americana artist, a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a penchant for making political statements without conveying anger or preachiness; in fact he generally gets his point across in a fun way. Not that there's anything fun about the situation with all the shootings going on in the US right now, but Kronowitt's protest song "Got Guns?" is jangly and an easy sing-along with biting lyrics like "Don't tell me you're too young/If you've got a hand, get a gun." With a song title that plays on the "Got milk?" slogan, Kronowitt makes the statement that gun violence has become all too ubiquitous even before he starts singing. The John Mellencamp-like "Necessary Evils" is another cut filled with political commentary although it paints with a wider brushstroke, and "The Beast" laments current events with a Jimmy Buffett tone. Not everything here is about the state of the world; the tender "You Are Here" is a hopeful cut that reminds that it is possible (and a good idea) to look around and see the beauty of living in the moment. Some listeners will hear the call to action here but all can certainly enjoy Kronowitt's fine voice just as pure entertainment."
What do you think?
The song is and is not about the Wood and Stone songwriter retreat held in Crisfield, MD. So yeah, the song skews perception.
Photo credit: Carolyn Edelstein taken at Penny Lane Music Emporium, 10-20-18
from photographer Mark Diamond taken during Buzz Fleischman's ’On the Record and Off the Wall' show in Miami, Florida, Sept 2018.
Star Live, Beijing
Kazefuka Bar in Osaka, Japan
What can I say, I love the album cover.
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Bass player, John David Coppola. Actually, I already frequently play with John. I'd love to collaborate with Billy Bragg on songwriting but there are so many folks it's impossible to select one.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
yeah, try that spicy Thai dish. It can't be THAT hot.
4: What was your first concert?
The Eagles headlined during their Hotel California tour. Steve Miller, Jimmy Buffett, and Andrew Gold were also on the bill.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Tokyo or Osaka, fo'sure
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Don't ever become a professional musician
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
In late 2015, I was riding my bike through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and heard the phrase "sounding the alarm" in a song while listening to a very old iPod. The phrase caused me to think of those who spoke out, sometimes with grave consequences. The funniest thing is, I used the tune 'My Darling Clementine' so I'd remember the verses until I could write 'em down. It worked. Paying tribute to Sam Cooke's iconic 'Change Is Gonna Come,' the song became the title track to my newest album, A Lone Voice.