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In One Ear: ‘It was my home’

Musician left homeless on Del Rey Beach
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 31, 2018 12:01AM

Remember that van and trailer that got stuck in the tide on Del Rey Beach last week? They belonged to traveling musician Rick Langel of Damascus (pictured, from his Facebook page), and it was a devastating loss. All of his household and personal effects, family photos, years’ worth of notebooks full of songs and lyrics, musical instruments and sound equipment just vanished into the ocean, he told The Oregonian.

“It was my home,” he said, “that made it possible for me to travel around playing music as a singer-songwriter. It has been an attempt to live my dream. It is not been easy, but it has been rewarding.

“Last year I was forced to rebuild when thieves in Tillamook County stole my entire trailer, taking all of the contents and pushing it off the side of a mountain. I rebuilt, exhausting all I am.”

If you would like to help him rebuild once again, you can donate to his “Restoration Project” fundraiser at

“There remains living on the streets — as many are doing — or rebuilding again, and go forward,” he added. “I’m a 62-year-old veteran with health issues that will limit the time left for dreaming, and I’m in a place that can go from bad to worse quickly, so I need help, and ask that you consider what you can do.”


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