Romantic balladeer for thinkers
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.