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September 10, 2007

Slanted and Enchanted

Danville resident finds solace and soul in music

DANVILLE — Landon Keller hasn’t followed the traditional path of a musical artist.

The 26-year-old Danville resident didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 19. Sports were his focus in school.

“I didn’t wear a letterman’s jacket, though,” said Keller, a 1999 Danville Community High School graduate. “I wasn’t a conventional jock.”

You could say the music was in him all along, just waiting to be released. The catalyst for unleashing it proved to be discovering a world beyond Top 40 radio.

“I started listening beyond what’s on the radio,” Keller said. “If I had continued listening to the same one or two stations, I don’t think I ever would’ve felt I had anything to offer music.”

Bands like Dave Matthews, Phish, and The Grateful Dead revealed to Keller “how deep, fulfilling, different, and fluctuating music can be.”

He started writing his own songs about a year after he began playing. In fact, Keller has performed only originals in public.

“I don’t know if I could play other people’s music,” he said. “I got the fever for writing early on. From there, I was very hard-core in discovering my own sound.”

Keller says that discovery continues, even with the impending release of his debut CD, “Curiosity.”

“It’s basically my greatest hits from the time I started writing one or two years ago,” said Keller, who estimates he’s composed 45 to 50 songs.

He describes “Curiosity” as a “very twentysomething” album. That transitional time in someone’s life when a lot of aspects are up in the air.

“Music was probably one of the most consistent things in my life at the time,” Keller said. “I felt a lot of outside pressure to not take music so seriously. But it’s not a frustrated CD. It’s everything — the good and bad. Or indifferent.”

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