What’s a prog-rock concept album without the proper music video? In support of his totally epic new LP, Ponder the Mystery, William Shatner has released a video for the title track. As dapper as always in a pin-striped suit, Shatner and Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood walk through tall forests and dusty Americana landscapes. All the while, the pair pose profound questions about faith, family, community, war, love, and all those wonderful contradictions that make up this tangled mess we call life. Ponder along by clicking play below.
Shatner’s voyage into new musical frontiers is a story “following a man in despair through the setting sun, twilight and finally darkness, and in the process, regains his joy of life.” His first work of entirely original material, Ponder the Mystery also boasts a who’s-who of prog-rock and fusion royalty: Rick Wakeman (Yes), Robby Krieger (The Doors), George Duke (Frank Zappa), Steve Vai (Zappa, David Lee Roth), Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart, The Magic Band), multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter, country artist Vince Gill, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and jazz guitarist Al Di Meola.
A trio of live performances of the record, featuring backup from prog-rockers Circa: (Yes’ Sherwood and Tony Kaye), are scheduled for later this month. See those dates below, and grab your copy of Ponder the Mystery here.
William Shatner and Circa:’s Ponder the Mystery Tour:
10/23 – Hermosa, CA @ Saint Rocke
10/24 – Agoura, CA @ The Canyon Club
10/25 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House