William Shatner has a new album on the way
William Shatner never slows down. Ever. It seems like he always has news to share about another upcoming venture. The former Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. starship Enterprise is closing in on 90 1/2 years old, and so, for those of us who have followed his career, we aren’t surprised that he’s releasing another album. Coming out September 24, 2021, it’s entitled simply “Bill” and is being described as an autobiographical album. That certainly is the case with one song that the Official William Shatner Page shared on Youtube.
So Far from the Moon with Brad Paisley is a close-up look at Shatner’s life after Star Trek was cancelled in 1969. Shatner was living in his truck and doing whatever he could to make ends meet, and the lyrics to this song detail his thoughts from fifty-two years ago when he was struggling.
“Bill” is an autobiographical album by William Shatner
For those folks who insist Shatner isn’t a singer, his songs aren’t about his talent in that area. They are easily another way for him to use his recognizable, perfectly-toned voice while continuing to entertain his fans. But this album brings a little something more to the table—Shatner’s thoughts on his life so far. According to ET Canada, the songs on the album are about moments from his life and the “ideas, challenges, and questions he’s confronted along the way.”
When discussing the album, Shatner asked what better time to contemplate life’s biggest questions than during a global pandemic.
"“Some songs touched on painful or beautiful moments, while others turned into elliptical philosophical explorations about the very nature of existence and death.”“Bill blends long-form autobiographical poetry and prose, music, spoken word performance art, and philosophical exploration. Toggling between passion and despair, reflection and yearning, this collection explores my life journey during a pivotal and chilling moment of history.”"
The album, which is Shatner’s 11th, is being released via Joe Jonas’ new label Let’s Get It! Records/Republic Records and can be pre-ordered at billthealbum.com.