MP3 Harold Payne - Positively Live
Live, unadorned, passion filled performances of positive, uplifting & heart tugging songs by multi-platinum songwriter; recorded at concerts, conferences & churches.
13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Acoustic, NEW AGE: Spiritual
How could you not be at least mildly curious about someone who has written for diverse acts such as Rod Stewart, Snoop Dog, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bobby Womack,Hawaiian legends Kalapana & Kelly Rowland of Destiny''s Child.
Payne''s most unique talent is displayed in all his live performances where he connects with the audience by improvising songs ''on the spot'' from their song titles
About the Positively Live recording:
An audio document on Affinity Records that presents the singer/songwriting making a magical connection in front of live audiences. “Rather than do something just artist-oriented, I decided to do also make it concept-oriented,” he notes.
With tracks taken from a variety of sources, some with Payne solo, some with backing vocalists and musicians, Positively Live fits Payne’s credo of authenticity. “I like the whole MP3, YouTube thing where people are less concerned about the technical quality and more concerned about the content,” Payne says. “I’m more instinctively a live guy.”
That’s a modest understatement. Payne usually performs a minimum of three nights a week, every week, in a variety of live situations. “It gives me a chance to get sweat on all of my songs and to get ideas,” he suggests. A Payne trademark is his intuitive knack for creating songs on the spot, with suggestions for titles, themes or situations suggested by his audience. This has led him to a new venture: writing custom songs for a variety of events, from corporate “roasts and toasts” to family commemorations.
On Sundays, Payne performs in churches: New Thought, Churches of Religious Science, Unitarian, Unity, and other non-denominational locales. “If it’s a positive place to play, and if they want me I’m there,” he expresses. “About the time I put out my Power of Positive Music CD, which is a compilation of myself and the group Gravity (with Payne, vocalist Clydene Jackson and percussionist Oliver C. Brown) it opened up these opportunities.” The instant songwriting might also come into play in these venues, as Payne can listen to a speech or talk, and while doing so write a song that reflects the theme that he will subsequently perform.
Positively Live contains Payne classics, “Pass it On” and “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” (a theme for several International Song-writer and Peace conference events including the Soviet American Songwriter Summit) alongside newer songs like the stunning “Letting Go,” that speaks of a spirit surrendering this terrestrial plane in flight to the next level. Despite being gleaned from different performance venues at different times, Payne’s expressive, bluesy voice is the shining thread that ties it all together into messages that are benevolent, never strident.
“A lot of these things go in circles and they help each other along,” professes Payne. “The fact that I’m writing songs all the time, and doing improv and custom songs and songs for projects all keep my writing muscles together and maintains the direct line to whatever source allows me to do this. My personal philosophy is that whenever someone is putting out a positive message it is an increment for goodness. Any specifics beyond that are not as important as the fact that people are doing something good.”
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