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The Hired Hand (1971)
Please Help Composer Bruce Langhorne
There has never been a score for a motion-picture so spare, so haunting, so unforgettably disquieting as this one. Amazingly, it was composed and performed by one man, Bruce Langhorne, who recorded and layered the tracks in his home studio, playing every instrument himself: a 1920 Martin guitar; an Appalachian dulcimer; a fiddle; a five-string banjo; a wooden soprano recorder; a Honer Marine Band harmonica, along with a Farfisa organ and the nearly-forgotten Echoplex.
At this writing, August 23, 2007, Langhorne is very ill from a stroke and Diabetes complications and without medical insurance. Director Jonathan Demme has an online site for donations to help defray Langhorne's medical expenses: a Google search for "Demme"+"Langhorne" will guide you there. I am neither a friend nor family member, only a fan of the incredibly talented musician Bob Dylan dubbed "Mr. Tambourine Man".