World of Blues
Ruben Lee Sims was born and grew up in poor black southern neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida. He experienced the hardships of the south during the 1950s and 1960s. At the age of seven he watched his 5-year old brother drown in an open pit in a neighborhood playground in an overt act of discrimination, an event that has haunted him for nearly 50 years. Ruben attended all black elementary schools until Orlando was forced to integrate schools in the 1960s during the civil rights movement. Therefore, Ruben began junior high school being bused to an all white neighborhood and school where he faced serious discrimination and assaults in both junior high and high schools. Hardened and displaced by life in the south, Ruben dropped out of high school and left home at age 15 to find his destiny. Ruben moved to Alexandria, Louisiana where he worked until age 16, then joined the job corps leaving Louisiana for Camp Breckinridge in Morganville, Kentucky. After only two weeks in the job corps President Johnson closed them due to persistent and uncontrolled drugs, violence, and other gang activities. Injured and determined Ruben went back to Louisiana where he worked, attended adult school, graduated, and join the Air Force. He spent the next 30 years working for the Air Force both on active duty and as a civil servant. The events of his life have had Ruben singing the blues most of his life. Now retired, Ruben can express the pain, the suffering, the successes, and the joys of his life in his music. In his latest CD, The World of Blues, Ruben relives the sorrow of his brother's death and his mothers sorrow in the song "Sunday Morning Blues".