November 11, 2016
...it sounds way more dramatic when you say it that way, but its true.
5 years ago today, a very bright and mild Friday November 11, 2011 at approximately 11:11am I released the very first link for the original version of my very first spoken word album, "The Renaissance". It really feels like eons ago.
As I reflect on the time that has passed, I can't help but remember the process and labor of love. I am truly grateful to have worked with many people-- family, friends, and other artists for the making of this project.
At some point today I'm sure I'll try to objectively listen to the album without criticizing, without cringing (at my voice, the content, the people whom received dedications who are no longer [/a meaningful] part of my life, the mistakes, the should've would've could'ves) and realize it is one of the most coolest things I've done with my time in this world.
It is my sincere hope that you download the project, listen to the project-- multiple times, share the project, talk about the project with others, listen to the project, listen to the project, listen to the project!
May it change you, encourage you, humor you, inspire you, make you uncomfortable-- grow you, for it is the true nature of art.
Fans of my work have always given me life and will always continue to. Thank you, truly, from the healthiest part of my heart.
Other Deluxe material
With "Read Me" Shepard gives audiences the full, unabridged versions of her previously recorded audio projects. Though, not to be considered an extended version, "Read Me" includes pieces not heard on "The Renaissance" and "Twenty5" that were originally slated to be recorded. "Read Me" also includes "The Misfits"-- a small collection of pieces written over time after the release of both audio projects. She brings readers along for a written journey of life's complications, discovery of self, and love's promises. This unabridged collection of work answers some of life's toughest, oldest questions-- Who am I? How do I live this life? How do I heal from hurt and heartache? Saturated in biting wit, thought provoking analogy, and beautifully detailed images, her real, often comical, highly satirical outlook on life, love, and happiness, is relevant to creative hearts and minds of every age.