As I’ve said before, I love Jesus and I love music but I don’t always love most music about Jesus. The reasons for this are many and varied but they essentially boil down to this: for many “Christian artists,” music is simply a propaganda vehicle to “get out the message.” The music often rings shallow though it deals with eternal truths. I love musicians whose faith shapes and molds them as artists and flows naturally through their work, even though you probably couldn’t buy them at a “Christian bookstore” (which has everything to do with distribution and promotional deals rather than actual content but that’s a post for another day).
One artist in this realm is David Eugene Edwards, the heart and writer behind 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand (or is it Wovenhand?). Yes, I understand that his music is not for everyone, there is often a dark tone and rough sheen to the music but his lyrics often contain more Scripture than many so-called “Christian artists.” He deals with themes of sin, redemption, loss and fulfillment over the course of a body of work that clearly demonstrates he is more than a one-trick pony.
I recently came across this documentary on Edwards called The Preacher that I wanted to pass along to you. I couldn’t find a file with the whole thing in one single file so it is here broken up into five segments. It’s an interesting look into Edwards’ home life and he provides several glimpses into the defining moments of his life. I found it to be very intriguing. Enjoy.