Doctor uses music as motivation in pandemic

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Doctor uses music as motivation in pandemic
Dr. Sebastian Lane is a guitarist whose roots dig deep into music history. He is the grandson of Blues Hall of Fame legend, Jimmy Rogers, who gained prominence as the guitarist for Muddy Waters before starting his independent career with Chess Records. The music roots run deep for this family medicine doctor.

(OMAHA, NE) – “I was just always around it. Whether it was like Eric Clapton and all those kind of guys, literally coming by my grandparents’ house in Chicago. I was just surrounded by it,” Dr. Lane told station KETV.

He learned his chops early from his grandfather, Blues Hall of Fame legend Jimmy Rogers. “I really put in my time growing up. I’ve been playing since I was about 3 years old,” he said.

The blues artist eventually hit the road on his own path, strumming his own songs on stages across the country. “Mostly around the Midwest over the last few years, just ’cause with medical school, it was really hard,” he said. “But we would travel all over on the weekends and play shows.”

Lane’s tours hit a roadblock in 2020. Loud performances morphed into peace in the midst of a pandemic. “I’ve done more this last year than ever,” he said.
Lane says his guitar kept him grounded while pandemic pressure skyrocketed. In the past year, the doctor saw his co-workers treat dozens of intubated COVID-19 patients. “They’ve been in it, day in and day out, having to deal with very sick patients and having to take care of themselves and still balancing everything out at work.”

Lane also watched his friends hang up their instruments and music venues shut their doors.

“Everyone’s kind of suppressed a lot of it,” he said. “I’ll go home and it’s kind of like my de-stress method that I use, and I’ll play music probably every night.”
Lane’s tunes took a different direction. “My writing, I would say, is a little more emotional, a little uplifting to people, because we’ve had a rough year.”
…See full story at 4029TV by Jackie Ourada

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