Flying Through the Soul
My name is John E. Payne, and I and my helpers are making a new kind of music along the lines of the kind of music that I've always enjoyed. Anyone who likes Pink Floyd and Neil Young AND Jim Croce, will probably enjoy my 'Movie music for the mind'. Some Notes: First of all, let me say, 'Thanks', for checking out my music. It's not all just me. Support, encouragement, and ideas have been given to me for years by my wife, Carel, by my friends, and my family. They have taught me that the absolute best thing in the world is love. All kinds of love. This doesn't mean to say that all my songs are love songs. I wanted to write about all kinds of things. Like when we can eliminate war (and not people), or when humanity starts moving out to space. My main instrument is acoustic guitar, so most of the songs have 6 and/or 12 string acoustic & electric guitars on them. I also enjoy deep bass, so I modified an old electric bass to play quite a bit lower. All the parts are played live to my recording equipment. There are no electronic or mechanical rhythm tracks. I do use some synthesizers, but they are also played live. The natural sounds you will hear on some of the albums are actual, on-the-spot recordings of beautiful surroundings. Performance-wise, I also want you to know that each part I keep to make the final mix of a song is from the times I played when I felt best. Those good feelings sustain me during the engineering, mixing, and production of the albums. Not all the songs are happy, (some are rather dark) but I felt really good while playing, and I think that comes through. Just like when a guy telling a story gets to enjoy the story too. During the first quaternity (group of four albums)I was trying to write music about the ideas of waking up (becoming aware) of the life and love around us. This feels like the right track for me; to explore the symmetries in our lives, in metaphor and science. For example, when a person has a 'mystical experience', he is still the same person (a symmetry is maintained) but he also has changed. Each moment is different than the one before, but may also be similar. 1. BEGINNING TO BEGINNING (Symmetries) 2. KINDLING REBIRTH 3. OF BUTTERFLIES 4. FLYING THROUGH THE SOUL: Acoustic-electric-natural sound spiritual meditation. Check out the cool bell on tracks # 5,6 & 7. Tracks #8 through #19 use instrumental excerpts from the earlier albums and KINDLING REBIRTH (Natural Sounds) to give a very nice meditative state of mind. 5. ARTIFICIAL PLANET (Interactions): Mellow R & R. Scenes from the darkest part of the story, but ending on a note of hopeful remembrance. 6. BURIES THE WAR 7. CHANGING THE VIEW 8. OF STARS AND MAN 9. FROM THE BEYOND (Consciousness) 10. TURNING FORWARD 11. TO BETTER DAYS 12. ONCE AGAIN 7 MOMENTS: A seven song sampler from some of the upcoming albums. Track # 6 is the title song from my current project. There's some science (future?), humorous blues, spiritual, and thoughts of my sweetheart.