Ro­man­tic bal­ladeer for thinkers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

JORDIE Lane’s youngest ro­man­tic mem­ory dates back to 1987 when he was three years old. ‘‘I met this girl. Her mum was babysit­ting us and I have strong mem­o­ries about hav­ing a con­nec­tion to her,’’ the singer and song­writer says. ‘‘Ever since I can re­mem­ber, since I could walk and talk, I have been a ro­man­tic. I re­mem­ber fall­ing in love with peo­ple in pri­mary school.’’ Lane is adamant he’s al­ways been a man of love. ‘‘I be­lieve in it and I want to ex­press that through my mu­sic. A lot of my songs are trav­el­ling folk tales about life and death. But it all comes back to the love songs.’’ Lane’s gift for sto­ry­telling through acous­tic folk and blues bal­lads has seen him open for The Moody Blues, Billy Bragg, Go­tye, Cat Power, Neko Case and Old Crow Medicine Show. Lane says his lyrics are a part of his jour­ney. ‘‘I don’t sing about my­self, but it’s hard to sing about some­thing you don’t un­der­stand,’’ he says. ‘‘The best way to ex­press some­thing is from your own ex­pe­ri­ence. Some­times I want to sing about things that are crazy and ex­cit­ing. I tend to try and meet char­ac­ters on the road rather than make them up.’’ Lane uses his mu­sic as a medium to make peo­ple think. ‘‘So hav­ing lots of con­tra­dic­tions in a song can be good,’’ he says. ‘‘Song mean­ings al­ways change to me the longer I per­form them. Play­ing it live can change a song’s mean­ing quite sig­nif­i­cantly.’’ Lane will move to the US next week to fin­ish work on his third al­bum. ‘‘I want to fin­ish it in Cal­i­for­nia. I am pretty set on know­ing that’s where I want to be per­ma­nently.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Jordie Lane plays Man­dala Or­ganic Arts in Mer­maid Beach to­mor­row night.

Jordie Lane

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