Radiator King – ‘So Long (Charlie)’

Radiator King, real name Adam Silvestri, writes his songs from the heart, telling personal stories, but framing them in such a way that listeners can relate to them according to their own experiences. From Boston, his latest song ‘So Long (Charlie)’, is a story of change.

Radiator King says of his the song,
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“’So Long (Charlie)’ depicts a scenario of the final moments as an individual accepts the ending of an event or chapter in his life. Someone close to me had gone to jail not too long ago and I can recall thinking about them a lot during the writing of the song. I tried to imagine this person and how they may have responded to this difficult situation.”
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The video for ‘So Long (Charlie)’ portrays Radiator King’s outlook on life, and the mentality that he and others in Boston have, that life goes on. We’re taken back to the postwar era of the 1940s, and follows Adam as he is about to be taken to prison. He says,
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“Through the main character, I aimed to depict a voice that represents that of the working class. There is a certain type of pride that the character possesses – pride in where he comes from and pride in what he stands for.”
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The clip follows the lyrics, and shows viewers just what Silverstri wants to show. The video shows him as the main character, and how he’s dealing with the change, and what obstacles he needs to overcome. At the end of the video he’s seen being released and hitchhiking in the back of a truck – the perfect expression of “life goes on”.
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Now living in New York, Radiator King still maintains the hardworking way of life of Boston, and brings that to every part of his music.
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Find out more about Radiator King on his official website.
Radiator King - So Long (Charlie)

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