Midlife Crisis Hotline

by Shackled Mule

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I'm finding that the older I get, the less concerned I am about trying to make an impression. When I was younger, I would tie myself in knots trying to be something, and someone, that people would like. The problem with doing that is that very soon you lose your own identity, and people never really get to know who you are.

As a musician and songwriter, I felt very much like I'd created a character that gave me the confidence to do what I was doing. Most writers and performers do that, but I felt like that character was becoming a caricature. I wasn't comfortable in that mask anymore.

Over the past couple of releases, I've been trying to be myself more and stop worrying about the impression I want to make. The music I'm making now is the music I WANT to make, not the music I think I SHOULD make. With this new album, I feel that, for the most part, I'm being as honest as I can be as a writer and musician.

There is light and dark in this album. There are songs about some of the difficulties I've faced, but there's also humour. It's also quite eclectic, but so am I. I get bored quickly.

I sometimes feel like I'm too old to be still doing this; but I also worry about how old I'd be if I didn't.

I hope you enjoy it.

Your friend,

Simon.

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released July 3, 2017

Simon Lister is responsible for the whole shooting match.

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Shackled Mule Halifax, UK

Simon Lister is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

He is a previous member of 'The Climb House' and 'Dead Clowns'. He is currently every member of the bands 'Shackled Mule' and 'Skinwall'. He also records under his own name.

He is fond of vintage hats, fresh coffee and cats with personality.

He is suspicious of anything popular and believes that life looks better with dirt on the lens.
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