Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman: Signs of Life

By Frank "Buzz" Trexler
for The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times
February 21, 1997

You can run with the big dogs/You can fly with the eagles
You can jump through all the hoops/And climb the ladder to the top
But when it all comes down/You know it all comes down to the walk.”

The Walk,” Steven Curtis Chapman

It was in the midst of baseball season when Steven Curtis Chapman found himself two strikes down in his walk.

“This one was one of the first times that I realized in the process of creating a labor of love that I’m also a little bit of a creative addict,” Chapman recalls. “That whole creative process is very addicting and it’s not unlike other drugs it can sort of numb you or anesthetize you to everything else going on in your life.

“Being a father, a husband, one who even writes very honestly in my music about my concerns for not losing focus of that commitment in my life, I think this record project was one of the first of the times where I really realized my potential for just saying the words,” Chapman said in a recent interview from Spokane, Wash., while on his “Signs of Life” tour.

The Dove and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter said that in the midst of writing a song about being a good husband and father, he found himself “consumed with being a perfectionist,” checking over and over to ensure there were no “unturned stones.”

“And in the meantime, my kid’s standing on third base, saying, ‘When’s Dad gonna get here,” Chapman said.

Continued

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Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.

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