Walking Through Portraits
Every once in a great while, we meet a musician who stands out from the crowd. Sometimes it's their talent. Sometimes it's their heart. Sometimes it's the road they've traveled that blows us away. In the case of Charlie Lang, it's all of the above and more. Charlie knows the piano keyboard better than most of us know our own next-of-kin, and his singing voice has a mystical chameleon quality that shifts with grace and subtlety as he brings warmth and passion to a set list that rivals your favorite jukebox. His original tunes on Walking Through Portraits are poignant, romantic and often soul-stirring. Steve Israel, music writer for the Times Herald Record, put it like this: 'No doubt about it, Charlie Lang is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in the mid-Hudson. When I first heard him, he wowed me with his words...but now his voice and music also deliver knockout punches. His quivering vocals have so much depth they sound like soul music. His synthesized music evokes the passion and poetry of that voice.' Life is hard...and nobody gets a pass. But we each take our own journeys and we each experience our own share of hard knocks. Charlie Lang is no exception, and his openness about his path and his reflections about the people he has met along the way are remarkable. Lang's lyrics will captivate you, and his musical prowess will carry you away. In Walking Through Portraits, Lang examines all of our lives with songs about individuals we have never met, but will recognize instantly: a sister whom he adores, a troubled neighbor, college classmates stuck in suburbia while they dream of Hollywood and stardom, his own feelings about life and love, and even a very powerful song about who we are (Or perhaps who we think we are!) as a nation. Charlie Lang doesn't miss much, and whether he's sharing insights about emotional crossroads or observations about amazing people who never quite fit in, you will see and feel a little bit of yourself in every portrait hanging on his wall. There's hope and healing in Charlie's music, and if you're anything like me, you will revisit this portrait gallery again and again.