Regaled as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, Victor is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He is an innovator on the bass guitar, as well as a talented composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. Click here to learn about and order his first novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music. Click here to visit Victor’s website.
I’m lucky to have grown up with very spiritual parents, both of whom came from very spiritual families. When my mom was growing up, for instance, everything from finding the right land to farm on, to what wood to build their house with, to the spot to actually build the house, was all governed by my grandmother’s dreams and visions.
My mother had the same gifts. I remember driving with one of my four brothers and getting pulled over by the police because our car fit the description of someone they were looking for. When the policeman saw that we were dressed in suits, he let us go. But my mom, who was three hours away in another state, called us on the phone right away asking us what happened. We grew up with those types of stories, thinking it was normal.
That’s why a dream I had in the mid-’80s made such an impression on me. I dreamed that I was flying over my grandmother’s front yard with a bunch of bright blue birds. I looked down and saw my mom standing in the front door, telling me to get inside because a storm was coming. I remember being surrounded by these birds and knowing that I was okay, that I was protected. I tried to tell my mom that I was fine, but she was really worried and kept trying to get me to come down from the sky and come inside. I knew it was a special dream because I rarely dream in color. Still, I didn’t really know at the time what the dream meant.
Later that year, I was patrolling with a crime-prevention group called the Guardian Angels in Virginia. We had stepped in and broken up a fight between two girls, but the crowd standing around watching did not want the fight broken up. So the crowd and the girls all turned on us. I was the patrol leader and there were only seven of us, three of whom were new recruits. I knew we had to retreat but I didn’t want to just take off running because that would excite the crowd and make them come after us even harder. So we just started walking away, but the crowd followed us, throwing rocks and getting more vocal and violent by the minute.
I had one of my team members, a woman named Cathy, in one hand and another member named Aaron in the other. Aaron was getting mad and wanted to retaliate, but I kept dragging them, saying, “We’ve gotta go, we’ve gotta go.” After we finally reached safety in a nearby convenience store, I realized that one of our members was missing. I took off my red beret and my white Guardian Angels T-shirt so I wouldn’t be easily identifiable, and went back out through the crowd looking for him.
The thing that was really interesting about that night is that at no time was I concerned for my own safety. I just wanted to get my group out of there safely. Cathy, who I’m still good friends with today, later said that people were hitting me with sticks as I was dragging her and Aaron along, and I don’t remember that at all. Not only that, but the member who had gotten separated from us ended up calling my house and asking my mom if she had heard from me, which was a huge mistake. That really freaked my mom out, thinking that something had happened to me. So she was calling me, and I’m telling her not to worry, that everything’s fine.
And then I remembered my dream. Just like in that dream, my mom was worried and calling me, and I was telling her I was okay. I knew that I was safe, that I was totally surrounded by God—there’s really no way not to be. That’s why, even though the crowd had been threatening us, I was so not concerned with my own safety—it wasn’t even a thought. I just knew I had to protect my group of people.
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