BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#446 - "Captured" by The Digital Age
Mark Waldrop talks about how this song parallels The Digital Age's transition from the David Crowder*Band, among other things.

By KevinDavis_NRT

BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #446 -
Mark Waldrop: "When we are captured and captivated by God’s love, we are truly set free and living life the way we’re supposed to live."
Shortly after they unveiled their final, epic recording—Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys])—the members of the David Crowder*Band didn't rest; they restarted. 
 
While Crowder himself formed a new "organic" collective of strings, banjos and guitars, the rest of the band—Mark, Mike D., Bwack, and Jack—kept their fancy programming tools and technological worship innovation to form The Digital Age. The band was born out of a desire to continue writing, performing and producing music together for the Church.
 
As they transitioned from the David Crowder*Band to The Digital Age, the band was entering into the unknown—a time of re-birthing as the band entered a new stage in their careers. Their first single, "Captured," kicks off their debut record Evening:Morning with that theme. Evening:Morning is a bit of a thematic record; every song corresponds with an hour between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. 
 
"Captured" is a great song that stirs my heart and increases my convictions to grow closer to God during my worship and devotional time. We all have our security in that we sometimes trust more than God, and this song challenges me to pray more to grow closer to God. The cost of discipleship is to make Jesus the Lord of our lives. I had the chance to speak with Mark Waldrop about the song "Captured."
 
Please tell me about the background message behind the song.
 
As we were transitioning from the David Crowder*Band to The Digital Age and entering into a new creation, this song addresses that theme. When we are captured and captivated by God's love, we are truly set free and living life the way we're supposed to live. That contrast is a cool place to live as a Christian, where you're being tugged between the realm of here and the realm of God. We're striving for God, but we're constantly being pulled here. There's a tug of war going on. As a new band, there's a lot of newness and oldness going on but the only center is Christ. That's where we're living. The idea for "Captured" came from Romans 8:39: "Nothing can separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus." The chorus also comes out of Romans 8:2, "That same love of God sets us free."
 
Mike D. started the song on piano, and I was into some folk music at the time like Mumford & Sons, and I took it and wrote the chorus, and kicked a bass drum and wrote it acoustic. It sat in a weird place for a while, because we were thinking about a piano song, or a folk song, and then Bwack got ahold of the song and made it work and more fun. He was listening to some pop music at the time, and wanted to try putting a fun pop vibe to the song, and that's how it turned out. It's really a fun song.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song? 

Romans 8:38-39 (The Voice): "For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord." 
 
Romans 8:2 (NKJV): "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death."
 
What is the takeaway message for listeners about the song and album? 
 
Before as The David Crowder*Band and now as The Digital Age, we get together and talk before we write songs. We decide if we want there to be an overarching storyline, or a specific message. In creating the new band, we decided we would do our first record as this band about the Creation Story. 
 
Since our last album Give Us Rest was a mass for the dead, we wanted this album to be about new life. We met as a band and decided to focus the album around the concept of bringing uncertainty to certainty and death to life. The tracks for Evening:Morning were written in a quasi-conceptual, temporal fashion, moving through the night to the morning. The album is characterized by a sound that is both unique and familiar at the same time. We call it alternative Church music, and blend with modern melodic soundscapes and interesting electronic sounds with reverent and personal lyrics. "Captured" is the first song, kicking off the concept of overcoming uncertainty in the lyrics: "when I reach out You're always there." 
 
We love that this song is very hopeful and ushers in the night as the 7 p.m. song. This song is about reaching out in the darkness and knowing that God is always there. There are 12 songs, each representing an hour of the night. As a band stepping into the unknown, we know that God is always there. God knows our every need. It's a reflection of our story, but it's also for anyone who is afraid or uncertain, they can know that God is always present. We write worship music for our local church community. We're just trying to honor our calling to keep writing songs for the Church that is relevant and interesting to us musically. We want our worship music to mirror bands like Mumford & Sons and fun. Those bands have pop-cultural significance. We believe that's when our music is at its best. We want people outside of the church to say "oh, that's Church music?" We're just as musical and artistic. We just love worship music. 
 
Lyrics:
Love 
You've captured me again 
Love 
You steal my heart 

And oh when I reach out 
You're always there 
You've captured me again 
Oh God 
You steal my heart 
And oh when I reach out 
You're always there 

Cause love has come to rescue me 
Your love has come to set me free 
Your love, love is all I need 
Your love 
Hey! 

Love 
You've captured me again 
Oh my God 
You steal my heart 
And oh when I cry out 
You're always there 

Cause love has come to rescue me 
Your love has come to set me free 
Your love, love is all I need 
Your love 

Your love has come to rescue me 
Your love has come to set me free 
Your love, love is all I need 
Your love 

I've never felt more found 
Than when I'm lost in You 
My head may spin around 
Like the stars of the night sky do 

Your love has come to rescue me 
Your love has come to set me free 
Your love, love is all I need 
Your love
 
Jesus has overcome the Fall from the Garden of Eden. Before God created man, He created light. God sent Jesus so that we could have Light return. As believers, that's our story and our challenge to think about how we are reflecting the light of Jesus, and how we are spending our time before we die. 
 
The love of God is perfect and when we reach out for Him He's always there. The love of God is all that we have and all that we need. One of my personal challenges for this is found in the lyrics: "I've never felt more found, than when I'm lost in You." Another lyrical challenge is in the lyrics: "Love, You've captured me again, Oh my God You steal my heart." 
 
The Christian walk is about allowing God to be the Lord of your life and the definition of perfect love. As a band and as a ministry, being captured again by God's love is a great parallel to the journey of being a devoted follower of Jesus. Allow these words to wash over you, and be captured by God's love.
 
(Here's the lyric video.)
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Posted August 13, 2013 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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