Pursuit of a Legacy Review

April Hefner

CCM Magazine May 1994

To get inside the brain of a man who thoughfully ponders the mysteries of God, and does so with logic and wonder, has its privileges and dangers as it serves to both enlighten and challenge. Precious few artists can claim to be such effective poets, though Rich Mullins certainly can be regarded as a leader on that list. In this 30-minute video, the viewer has the opportunity to not only view four single-song videos from Rich's newest ablum, A Liturgy, A Legacy and a Ragamuffin Band, but also can simply dwell upon the words of this talented lyricist and philosopher. There is so much quotable material in this video that your pen will run dry and your journal will be full of new ideas on the magnitude of God's unfathomable love and grace. (Wait 'til you hear his ideas about "I'd rather be on the verge of falling...").

Rich has a gift of bringing the intangible to life to see and to touch, and does so with great success on these videos where his songs find homes in scenery, faces and frame after frame of legacies. Produced by Ben Pearson and Steve Taylor, Pursuit... was filmed on location in Colombia, New York City, the Flint Hills of Kansas, the home of Rich's friends, and in Rich's own attic flat in Wichita, Kansas. Pearson and Taylor are gaining quite a reputation for capturing the essence of a song with video footage that is edgy and unique, stark and colorful, moving and symbolic. Basically, it's just really cool!

The video, which includes clips for "Here in America," "The Color Green," "Creed," and "Hold Me Jesus," releases this month and retails for $9.98. It's sure to become a favorite for Mullins fans, but will more likely give all Christian music listeners a thing or two to ponder about life and faith. Stay tuned after the credits are over to hear about the work of Compassion International and see a bonus clip for the song "Peace."

Copyright 1994 by CCM Magazine

Thanks go to Eric Townsend and his webpage,
Rich Mullins: Never Picture Perfect, for sharing this article with COYN.

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