Ξ April 1st, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music is Life |
Today marks the birthday of one of my most-beloved musicians, Ronnie Lane, who sadly passed on in 1997 from the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis. An original member of The Small Faces, he went on to a solo career that produced a small-but-noteworthy catalog of wonderful, honest, and soulful music with his band Slim Chance and later on his own. Words can’t suffice to express the happiness, joy, melancholy, and humility conveyed through his music which helped me a great deal in “feeling the life.”
Far from the hustle and bustle of the rock ‘n’ roll world, he created songs that were earthy, acoustic-based, and deceptively simple, but nonetheless contained a great spirit: that of his own. He is greatly missed. If unfamiliar with his work, I’d suggest starting with his and Pete Townshend’s “Rough Mix” which contains several of Ronnie’s tunes, most notably the beautiful love song “Annie,” one of my all-time favorites. If you find Ronnie’s music is to your tastes, proceed to his albums with Slim Chance, most notably “Anymore for Anymore” from which I will follow this with a tribute clip made by a fan, featuring the title song.
I’d like to finish up with his song “Anniversary” performed live on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. A great performance (featuring double-fiddle action!), and Ronnie was in top form that night. Please do enjoy
Rest in Peace, Ronnie. At last you are free…