It started with a letter I received that spoke directly to me and the moment I was living in. It gave me a sense of hopeful context that I was in was one moment of my life’s process and that my life was part of a yet larger and even more hopeful process. I wanted to write something for friends and loved ones, some of whom I know in my role as a pastor, who found themselves in moments similar to mine. Fifteen songs and letters later, I had the beginning of the CMYK Project.
The songs and letters are mostly written for particular women and men to whom I’ve been given as a friend, mentor, and pastor. The CMYK project is the fullest expression of my whole life: a life in which I play the role of artist and pastor and friend and mentor equally.
I named the process CMYK because, in the CMYK print process, every color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) is a necessary part of the process. I believe the same to be true of life. Some moments might be more bright, happy yellow, some a moodier blue (cyan) and some have their fair share of flashy pink (magenta) but no moment is without meaning and no moment is wasted. In fact, in the printing process, the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink plates are aligned (or “keyed”) with the black ink plate, meaning that the darkest element in the process is perhaps the most vital. Abraham Kuyper wrote ”There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” I want this project to help provide that kind of hopeful context for those who read and listen.
The CMYK Project is made up of…
3 EPs, entitled C, M and Y
1 full-length album, entitled K
And the long-awaited book “CMYK: The Process of Life Together”
Get 1 track from each of the original EPs at Noisetrade.