Robin Lane benefits from Pearl Jam’s largesse

Robin Lane
Robin Lane

As rock bands will do, Eddie Vedder and the boys in Pearl Jam made a whole lot of noise at their two sold-out shows at Fenway Park earlier this month. But the band was silent about its sizable donation to Songbird Sings, a group founded by Bay State songwriter Robin Lane that helps people heal from trauma through songwriting. It seems the band’s Vitalogy Foundation, working with Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation to be Named Later, pledged to donate $1 from each of the 72,722 tickets sold to its Fenway shows, and Lane’s group was one of four nonprofits to receive the money. Best known as the former frontwoman of Robin Lane and the Chartbusters — their biggest hit was “When Things Go Wrong” in 1979 — Lane, who lives in Shelburne Falls these days, started Songbird Sings more than a decade ago. She says the $18,000 from PJ is earmarked for a songwriting program she’s developed for veterans. “We’re really small, pretty much grassroots,” Lane told us this week. “I started out working with women who had suffered unspeakable things, and I saw what songwriting could do. It’d saved my life in so many ways.” She’s not sure why her group was selected. (It’s possible that Vedder knows about Lane because in the ’60s she worked with Neil Young, with whom Vedder is friends, on Young’s album “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.”) “I’m totally grateful,” she said. “It’s an honor to be honored.”