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William Shatner: I Love The Musicality Of The English Language

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William Shatner has been exploring new worlds for decades now.  The latest is the world of progressive rock.

The former "Star Trek" star is out with a new album called "Ponder The Mystery."  On it, Shatner tells what he calls the existential story of a depressed man who, over the course of a late afternoon and evening, tries to find meaning in his life.

"I needed a scenario to find the hooks for the songs," he explained to ABC News Radio, and then to Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.  He says he imagined "a guy sitting on the beach.  He's in despair.  It's an hour before sunset.  The sun sets.  Night begins and then, through the beauty of the night, he regains his joy of life."

Shatner is joined by several guest artists on the album who help give "a distinctive sound to each of the songs."

He adds, "If it were nothing else but these guys playing on this album, the album's worthwhile picking up — because of the extraordinary musicianship that these guys bring.  I'm delighted with them."

Fun Facts About William Shatner (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Commander of the Federation Starship USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series Star Trek, from 1966 to 1969; Star Trek: The Animated Series from 1973 to 1974, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films from 1979 to 1994.

2) He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

3) Shatner also played the lead role as a veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. Afterwards, he hosted the reality-based television series, Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996, which won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series.

4) He has since worked as a musician, author, director and celebrity pitchman. From 2004 to 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

Tickets are still available for William's show in Agoura Hills Thursday night, October 24th.

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