Back in August, I got one of the best emails of my life which read “We can do it.” The email came from the tour manager of Langhorne Slim, a man whose music and overall love for life I admire to no end. I’ve met him and been floored by the vigor of his shows with his band twice before, each time gaining a stronger sense of the power of music. In mid-August, he pulled into UTD, carried his guitar to the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and took a seat in a chair centuries old. And then he opened his soul to us. Whether a song about the simple joy of love or a resilient mission statement, Langhorne’s lyrics and his performance come from a place deep inside him, a place of confidence his message, and a place of optimism for the world. I find refuge in his words and I find an appreciation for my surroundings. Just by himself, Langhorne electrified the room and I felt a connection with the few people who came to help or happened upon our recording. That’s the power of music right there. And I’m indescribably excited to share this moment with the rest of the world.
These two songs are from Langhorne’s upcoming solo record, Lost At Last Vol. 1, which will be released November 10 on Dualtone Records. The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History is an amazing, underappreciated space in the ATC building with a large collection of modern and historic works of art as well as a vast art history library. To find out more, visit their office or website.