“We Stand Free” (feat. Langhorne Slim)
Americana Highways bring you this premiere of Chris Kage’s song “We Stand Free,” featuring Langhorne Slim. “We Stand Free” will be part of Kage’s new album Cycles, due to be available on December 8. Cycles was produced by Chris Kage; engineered by Ronnie DiSimone with additional mixing by Mike Tierney; and mastered by Alan Silverman. Langhorne Slim’s vocals were recorded at Tightrope Recording and Daylight Studio.
Musicians on “We Stand Free” are Chris Kage on piano, claps and percussion, with Langhorne Slim on vocals and East Coast Inspirational Singers on harmonies. Gospel style percussion clasp set up the glory and the need to be free right here right now. “I’ve been trapped by the cast of the shadow / I’ve been tied to lies and the promise of greed.” It’s a glorious wake-up call with gospel optimism.
“We Stand Free” is a celebratory song of returning back to some sense of self with new wisdom and knowledge – the knowledge that we stand free in each and every moment to create our identity anew. The song mixes elements of Latin samba with African tribal drums and church choir vocals, highly inspired by Paul Simon and his ability to fuse such diverse genres. The song was inspired by a desire by Langhorne Slim and myself to have him perform a celebratory song with a choir at an annual Sound Mind Music Festival for mental health I procure. Seeing the magic and power of this triumphant sound inspired the need to include a song of celebration on this album – which is a part of any emotional journey. – Chris Kage
I first met Chris several years ago while playing an event for Sound Mind Live, his mental health organization that I admire and support. I learned quickly that Chris is the rare kind of human that has both emotional and intellectual intelligence – smart enough in the heart to care deeply for others and sharp enough in the mind to make shit happen. Through his actions with Sound Mind and now with his music, it’s clear that Chris aims to leave this earth a little better than he found it. He walks the walk, talks the talk and sings the songs. He’s got that inner light and I’m proud to have lent my voice to this beautiful song. We hope y’all enjoy! – Langhorne Slim
You can find the music here: https://ffm.to/chriskage-westandfree