Wal­ter Scott Asks Wil­liam Shat­ner

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Personality -

The orig­i­nal Star Trek cap­tain, 87, has been busy. He re­leased a coun­try al­bum (Why Not Me) and a mem­oir, acted in two up­com­ing movies and an­nounced plans to re­turn as host for the 2019 re­boot of his 1989–96 CBS se­ries Res­cue 911. His new project is Shat­ner Claus: A Christ­mas Al­bum, which finds him duet­ting with Iggy Pop, Brad Pais­ley and Judy Collins.

How is your Christ­mas al­bum dif­fer­ent?

Some of our songs are clas­sics not done in a par­tic­u­larly clas­sic way. I’ve bent the tra­di­tional songs a lit­tle bit and had fun with them.

How did you find your duet part­ners?

This is not my wrst al­bum, and over the years a lot of ter­riwc mu­si­cians have ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that I’m search­ing for the way to fuse words to mu­sic. Some of them heard I was mak­ing an al­bum and said, “I’d like to be part of it.” I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of these great mu­si­cians lend­ing their tal­ents.

What is your fam­ily Christ­mas tra­di­tion?

We give gifts and cel­e­brate the hu­man­ity of the hol­i­day by be­ing kind to each other and re­mem­ber­ing there are things more im­por­tant than the in­di­vid­ual.

What are some of your fa­vorite Christ­mas al­bums?

Elvis Pres­ley and Nat King Cole are cer­tainly won­der­ful ones to turn up dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son, ab­so­lutely.

What are some mes­sages from your mem­oir, Live Long And…? One message is “Say yes to the ex­pe­ri­ence of life.” Don’t say no. Say­ing yes yies in the face of de­nial: “I’m not go­ing to be­lieve that, I’m not go­ing to try some­thing new, I’m not leav­ing the house and no, no, no.”

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