Dave Matthews likes Jesus, but not dogmatic beliefs about him. He openly wonders
about God’s existence while singing of showing love to each other as life’s
highest ideal. His songs celebrate making the most of each day’s pleasures
because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, but also caution against overindulgence.
His music wrestles with deep questions about identity and mortality, while
proposing that upholding others’ worth is one of the most important roles we
can fulfill. Wonder and Whiskey is an exploration of the lyrics of Dave Matthews Band as a multilayered call to be
present in the moment, both for oneself and others, as well as how these ideas
intersect with the highest aspirations of a lived Christian spirituality.
Why does this book exist? The short answer is: because one day I said, "Why not?" The longer answer goes like this: On a whim, I put together a proposal for a book focusing on DMB for a theology and music series that a division of Wipf and Stock is putting together, figuring that I knew their catalogue thoroughly enough that I could easily contribute to what this group was doing. I was told that my approach didn't quite fit with their intent, but I was encouraged to submit my idea separately. I did, and then didn't hear anything back for what seemed like forever, so I figured it wasn't going to happen. And then out of the blue one day, it did.
Okay, but whyDave Matthews Band now? It's been a long time since "Crash Into Me…