“A lot of times I wished they would all just go home because they were so noisy and loud,” Lane said of his famous blues father’s friends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Little Walter.(The baby of Chicago blues speaks truth – Yukon NEWS 2012, Wednesday March 14, 2012)
“It was just like anybody else’s father. If you work on a construction site, those friends would come over sometimes and hang out and play cards or whatever, watch a game together. It was just, in my case, these were all musicians. Friends of my old man from his work.”
As a kid, Lane didn’t really know who – or how important – all those guys were. They were just boisterous and often scary friends of his “Pop.”(The baby of Chicago blues speaks truth – Yukon NEWS 2012, Wednesday March 14, 2012)
“But I grew up listening to those guys and they actually taught me a lot of things about life, music, a lot of different things. I refer to all of them as my fathers,” Lane said with a chuckle.
With an upbringing like this, and a famous father who later admitted he spent Lane’s childhood secretly hoping his son would pick up the guitar, you’d think Lane would’ve been touring and playing with the guys as soon as his mother let him. (The baby of Chicago blues speaks truth – Yukon NEWS 2012, Wednesday March 14, 2012)
My first introduction to Jimmy D. Lane [in name only] was through a father in the local autistic community [Memphis Mike Savage], who organises various blues events in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. But my first actual meeting was on the phone, when Jimmy called me after we were connected by Memphis Mike and I will never forget, that beautiful silky deep voice, on the other end of the line… since as an autistic person, tonal sounds are a big landmark in my filing system for me when I recall and interact with information with other human beings. The delight of this interaction was the engagement of the vocal sound and resonance of Jimmy’s voice… providing a kind of anchor for the conversation as we discussed the opportunity of his patronship to the AWAF and support providing his world class exceptional talent to the world stage of our events. I understood that his contribution of the breadth and scope within the history of his legendary blues experience would ‘connect’ into the soul and spirit of those attending.
And, it did on so many levels, enabling all of us to visit areas of expansion like never before! He has an innate ability to inspire and a humility of calm to enable anyone to feel and be drawn to the soul of music and voice. The gift he gave [not just at the Gala Benefit Dinner], more importantly at his Workshop for Aspiring Autistic Community members from around the world was an intimate opportunity to share the essence of his soul intricately woven into the soul of the blues history and legendary music! Availing his professional self into the realm of experiential selves for the participants. As a professional in the arts myself, I know only too well how removed at times, [more often than not], the brilliance of performers who excel at their craft is confined to the stage or film or recording studios. The physical interaction is limited. In this case of providing a workshop for Jimmy to share and exchange meant providing a platform not unlike the one he grew up in with his father and music buddies in his home. Only, this time, he was the mentor [the father and buddies combined] of a generation beyond that of his workshop participants giving a doorway and sensory glimpse into his own childhood momentum. Nothing could not have been so further from this truth when the young singer from Nova Scotia and the aspiring adult singer from the Philippines burst into their own version of peanut butter blues… and as we say in the business, the rest is history or is it? Perhaps it is Autistic Blues!
“It’s a primitive form of music, but at the same time, it’s a very complex form because you can play notes all day long … but if those notes have no feeling, it’s just notes,” Lane said of the genre. (The baby of Chicago blues speaks truth – Yukon NEWS 2012, Wednesday March 14, 2012)
Naturally Autistic ANCA organisations – November 05, 2016 – Copyright Leonora Gregory November 2016. All rights reserved.
Photos: Courtesy Sergey Sergiyenko, Ukraine
Piano: Courtesy Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Lighting and sound: Courtesy Clark’s Audio Video, Vancouver, BC, Canada