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Bill Payne is now a regular contributor to Lawrence Wright's "Boogie Woogie Blog"

Lawrence Wright plays keys for the Austin blues collective, WhoDo. He works primarily, though, as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and authored The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Familiar with Bill's artistic abilities, Lawrence recently asked him to contribute to his Boogie Woogie Blog, an online tribute to the art (and science?) of boogie woogie piano, featuring Floyd Domino, Marcia Ball, Bill Payne and many more of the greats.

Here’s a sample of what Bill has offered: “My job in the studio or on stage is to bring life to the music. By pouring as much emotion into my playing as possible, I try to find that place where I can trust my intuition. The art of listening is paramount. What I love about jazz, blues, and rock and roll, is the way musicians play off of one another. Unquestionably, the better players can hear, the better they play off of each other. The flow or tradeoff that occurs between musicians, in sometimes blinding speed, does not leave much room for analyzing what is being played, so much as how one reacts to what is being heard. Sometimes, by divine accident, musical elements converge, as in jams.

Please take a few minutes to read more of what Bill Payne is sharing on Lawrence’s Blog. It reveals a side a Bill that most folks and fans are unfamiliar with, but one you’ll thoroughly enjoy reading about. And don’t forget to explore Boogie Woogie Blog’s other wonderful features and to leave Bill a response.
Remember, sharing is always cool!

Bill's first contribution: "From Bill Payne"

Bill's contribution from July 25th: "Influences"

Check out Lawrence Wright's whole Boogie Woogie Blog HERE.


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