With a raw voice and gentle acoustic guitar, Radiator King is back with another track that embraces his love of telling stories and sharing his outlook. With “So Long (Charlie)”, the message at the heart of the creation is “life goes on”, which he expresses with the story of a man who is at the crux of a major life change.
The bluesy track uses everything at its disposal to create something complete, but that pulls from hardship. A harmonica solo comes in, aptly, to propel you into the world of emotions that Radiator King expresses. The clip for the track puts the lyrics into context. After watching a friend go to jail, Radiator King (also known as Adam Silvestri) began thinking about all the ways in which we survive in the face of change. His video tells the story of someone in the post-war era going to jail, but holding onto his core beliefs throughout, and making it through the ordeal intact.
One of the most enjoyable factors in the video for “So Long (Charlie)” is the attention to detail and verisimilitude. There isn’t a second of the clip that doesn’t feel authentic to the 40s, right down to the vehicle that picks our protagonist up as he hitchhikes home from jail. Opening with an old radio being tuned, this video sets up and tells a story as well as the track does. A perfect pairing.
Life goes on, no matter what tests we are put through, and no matter how much we may question ourselves. This is the message that Radiator King leaves us with in “So Long (Charlie)”. It’s a good thought to hold onto.