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Unfinished Work

Paperback|Nov 2001
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Kevin Max, author of AT THE FOOT OF HEAVEN, coauthor of JESUS FREAKS, and one third of dc Talk, likes to push boundaries. Here he deals honestly with his struggles, striving to maintain his soul and integrity in the often...


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Kevin Max, author of AT THE FOOT OF HEAVEN, coauthor of JESUS FREAKS, and one third of dc Talk, likes to push boundaries. Here he deals honestly with his struggles, striving to maintain his soul and integrity in the often heartless music business. This book will encourage you to make the most of your God-given uniqueness.

Max, of the popular Christian rock band dc Talk, offers readers thought-provoking ideas on being real, being true to how God made them, and finding meaning and strength at Jesus' feet. Through "Unfinished Work, " readers can learn to see themselves as the unique and creative individuals God made them to be.
-Publisher

SOUND CHECK Ask most any artist to explain what he does-why hewrites music, what it means, how he does it-and you're likelyto get the same five-word answer: "The song says it all." It's understandable. Writing songs, making records,standing on a stage and singing your heart out-they're personalforms of expression. And the best music, the most honest and up front, encapsulatesthe essence of the person who created it. It's a mirror held up to anartist's soul, a way of being real, exposing your deepest thoughts andfeelings, and that shouldn't need any further explanation. If a song touches a listener, stirs something in thespirit, or makes a connection that rings true, that's all anyone reallyneeds to know. A song that succeeds in saying what the artist truly intendsis one of the best, most complete, and most satisfying forms of communicationGod has given us. A song really can "say it all." But I also understand why audiences and fans want to knowwhat's behind the music that moves them. We've all had that magicalmoment: we hear the lyrics and melody, and it's as if suddenly someoneis singing exactly how we feel, what we think or believe, hope or fear. Aright song at the right time speaks for us in a way that maybe we can't,summing up perfectly the unique mix of emotion and experience, passion andperplexity, that makes us who we are. "How did he know?" is thequestion we find ourselves asking when we hear a song that puts into wordsand notes the truth of who we are and who we want to be. Considering the incredibleability of music to reach us and teach us, it's no wonder we'recurious about how that miracle is accomplished. That is why I wanted to write this book. I've been a songwriter and musician most of mylife. I know the power and the responsibility that come with the gift. Ican't count all the times fans and friends have told me that a trackon an album or a song in a concert meant something special to them. In thosemoments, the look they give me is one full of expectation, as if they'rewaiting for me to reveal how I could stare into their lives and make musicout of what I found there. And I always feel that I've disappointedthem a little when I shrug and smile and tell them, "The song saysit all." It's true. The song does say it all if it'shonest and from the heart and drawn from real life. Maybe that just meanswe all share more than we imagine; everybody is connected by common chords,musical and otherwise, that we can recognize when they're touched. But I also think it means that there really is a storybehind every song. Music stands on its own, but it doesn't existin a vacuum. Artists draw inspiration every day from what they see aroundthem and what they feel inside them. The circumstances and situations sparkingthat inspiration explain a lot about the person who sings the song as wellas the one who is listening. I've heard it said that contextis everything, and I believe it. The right song at the right time can changea person's life. But no one's life can be summed up in a song.Music, at its best, can be the expression of a person's individualreality. Maybe knowing a little of the history-what went into the messageand meaning of a song-could help others who are trying to make senseof their lives, just like that artist. When I first had the idea for this book, I knew I wantedto say many things. The story of my life, from being an adopted babyto becoming one-third of a major musical attraction called dc Talk,is as much a part of me as the music I've been making for mostof those years. I've had more than my share of high drama and low comedy,surreal situations and conflicting conditions. Searching formy birth parents, finding my voice in dc Talk, learning to live with thewoman I love as a husband and as a friend, keeping hold of my soul in themusic industry big leagues, and most importa
-Publisher

Kevin Max knows what it's like to not fit in, to make mistakes, to be seen as "out there" by some people in the church. In his years on the road, he has come into contact with thousands of young Christians and seekers who identify with that experience. In "Unfinished Work," Kevin offers honest encouragement to Christians struggling to be real and live the life they were called to live. He illustrates his ideas with fascinating stories from his life as a musician, complemented by behind-the-scenes photographs from his own collection.^Through "Unfinished Work," readers will learn to find their strength and meaning in God alone, and they will see themselves as the unique and creative individuals God made them to be.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL

Kevin Max

Michael Tat, Toby Mac, and Kevin Max of dc Talk, are leaders in the pursuit of melding music with provocative questions of faith. They have received numerous awards, including three Grammys, two platinum albums, and two gold albums.



SOUND CHECK



Ask most any artist to explain what he does-why he writes music, what it means, how he does it-and you're likely to get the same five-word answer: "The song says it all."


It's understandable. Writing songs, making records, standing on a stage and singing your heart out-they're personal forms of expression. And the best music, the most honest and up front, encapsulates the essence of the person who created it. It's a mirror held up to an artist's soul, a way of being real, exposing your deepest thoughts and feelings, and that shouldn't need any further explanation.


If a song touches a listener, stirs something in the spirit, or makes a connection that rings true, that's all anyone really needs to know. A song that succeeds in saying what the artist truly intends is one of the best, most complete, and most satisfying forms of communication God has given us. A song really can "say it all."


But I also understand why audiences and fans want to know what's behind the music that moves them. We've all had that magical moment: we hear the lyrics and melody, and it's as if suddenly someone is singing exactly how we feel, what we think or believe, hope or fear. A right song at the right time speaks for us in a way that maybe we can't, summing up perfectly the unique mix of emotion and experience, passion and perplexity, that makes us who we are. "How did he know?" is the question we find ourselves asking when we hear a song that puts into words and notes the truth of who we are and who we want to be. Considering the incredible ability of music to reach us and teach us, it's no wonder we're curious about how that miracle is accomplished.


That is why I wanted to write this book.


I've been a songwriter and musician most of my life. I know the power and the responsibility that come with the gift. I can't count all the times fans and friends have told me that a track on an album or a song in a concert meant something special to them. In those moments, the look they give me is one full of expectation, as if they're waiting for me to reveal how I could stare into their lives and make music out of what I found there. And I always feel that I've disappointed them a little when I shrug and smile and tell them, "The song says it all."


It's true. The song does say it all if it's honest and from the heart and drawn from real life. Maybe that just means we all share more than we imagine; everybody is connected by common chords, musical and otherwise, that we can recognize when they're touched.


But I also think it means that there really is a story behind every song. Music stands on its own, but it doesn't exist in a vacuum. Artists draw inspiration every day from what they see around them and what they feel inside them. The circumstances and situations sparking that inspiration explain a lot about the person who sings the song as well as the one who is listening. I've heard it said that context is everything, and I believe it. The right song at the right time can change a person's life. But no one's life can be summed up in a song. Music, at its best, can be the expression of a person's individual reality. Maybe knowing a little of the history-what went into the message and meaning of a song-could help others who are trying to make sense of their lives, just like that artist.


When I first had the idea for this book, I knew I wanted to say many things. The story of my life, from being an adopted baby to becoming one-third of a major musical attraction called dc Talk, is as much a part of me as the music I've been making for most of those years. I've had more than my share of high drama and low comedy, surreal situations and conflicting conditions. Searching for my birth parents, finding my voice in dc Talk, learning to live with the woman I love as a husband and as a friend, keeping hold of my soul in the music industry big leagues, and most important, trying to stay true to my faith in Jesus Christ-I have been on a wild ride. And it's not over yet.







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