k.d. lang Isn't Complaining About 25 Years Of Constant Cravings

The "Miss Chatelaine" chanteuse is heading to town to celebrate a milestone in her career and to connect with fans.
The "Miss Chatelaine" chanteuse is heading to town to celebrate a milestone in her career and to connect with fans. Photo by Greg Allen
Some of the best things in life originate in Canada, eh? We can thank our neighbors to the north for the powerhouse belter Celine Dion and megastar William Shatner. What daydream could be better than one of a shirtless Justin Bieber Trudeau drenched in maple syrup while riding a moose? Which Ryan is your favorite - Gosling or Reynolds? The love for Canucks continues as the Houston Symphony will present Canadian songbird k.d. lang's Ingénue's Redux Tour at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at Jones Hall.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the critically acclaimed album Ingénue, lang will perform songs from the album along with hits from 2004's Hymns of the 49th Parallel.

"Were doing Ingenue in its entirety in sequence. It's my quintessential record that is important to me for a few reasons. Ovbiously, it was my most successful record," she said.

She spent two years writing and recording the album, six months promoting the album, and nearly another two years touring the album. It also landed her the Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocalist Performance for “Constant Craving.” Just to name a few more of her accomplishments, her trophy case has 4 Grammys, a JUNO Award, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The praise never influenced her, though.

"It didn’t really change it that much. You work, and you work, and that’s it," she said. "You’re in your bubble, and you tour and you make records. At least for me, it’s about the music from record to record. It’s not about the awards or the accolades."
Through her several albums, her style has varied slightly, but that's just the kind of artist she is. It's never about being catchy with what's popular at the time — it's more about being following what seems to be calling out at that moment.

"I guess I get kind of enamored with kinds of styles, but the continuity would be the song and melody. Genre isn’t a huge deciding factor for me. It's really about the songs and the way I feel like singing at the time," she said. "I always use culinary metaphors. It’s about finding the right ingredients."

Ingénue stands our for lang for one other reason. She also came out publicly as a lesbian at the same time the album was gaining momentum.

"It was an important record for people of their own coming out. It marks a moment in history for me," she said.

Since then, she has championed the causes of the LGBTQ community, unapologetically so, having recorded songs to benefit HIV/AIDS care and research. She is glad to see these experienced being more accepted throughout the years.

"Things have evolved in a positive way. We have a long ways to go, and we have factions that set us back, but I think for the most part, people, in general, are more accepting and knowledgeable," she said. "Television and movies have helped...people being out and active in the community. It’s a matter of education and people having access to different cultures and familiarity with them and realize different cultures are not that alienating."

Although the Houston Symphony will not perform during this concert, fine classical music will still be represented. Classical guitarist Mak Grgic will open the concert, and lang feels he is a beautiful musician who will set up the Ingénue performance perfectly.

lang concludes, "I think its a musical adventure for sure."

k.d. lang Ingénue Redux Tour takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit Tickets range from $39 to $129.
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Sam Byrd is a freelance contributor to the Houston Press who loves to take in all of Houston’s sights, sounds, food and fun. He also loves helping others to discover Houston’s rich culture.
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