I was crazy before. At least my former psychiatrists believed I was. And so did I, to be honest. But now I write to you, a changed man- who’s creativity is now thriving when it once could barely breathe.
Listen to the album while reading the text.
I’m (somewhat) free of medication, taking about 5% of what I used to. Don’t worry; it’s under the advisement of a new psychiatrist who saw me through the meds. Now, what does this have to do with music? Everything, as it turns out. I hadn’t played a show (live) in over six years before a couple of weeks ago. Was it the meds, The stigma of my illness, that were keeping me from trying? Who’s to say (seems like that phrase could’ve been used at many points in the last ten years of my life). But I do know I’m changed. I’m constantly creating, and it’s simply flowing as opposed to the trickle of yesteryear.
I just released my fourteenth album, “SHAME,” and it’s available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. now. It’s my best work thus far, at least I was told so by many, and I hope that’s true. But you be the judge. It has no genre other than one I may or may not have come up with, Alternative Pop. Hopefully, that’ll make sense if you give it a listen.
I hope that you got something from my ramblings here. I really just wanted to show that we have no idea what the person next to us is going through and to say that we should always be kind because of that fact. That may sound a bit reductive and sappy, but hey, maybe that’s the new me.
Check out “SHAME” and other albums from me on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Bandcamp under Shane Allan Smith. Instagram: @shane.smith.art