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Welcome to the ‘Playing Games With The Shadow’ pledge campaign. I am your host, and primary solicitor, Kevin Max. Just so everyone understands me, this is a very special album. I know a lot of artists claim this to be true, on just about every piece of recorded product that is pushed into the marketplace, but this one is truly special to me.
I am saying that this is my first solo album for many different reasons.
1. It is the first album that I have written every song from start to finish. Even as early as Jesus Freak with dctalk, and my first solo album ‘Stereotype Be’…. I have co-written with other writers. I believe in collaboration… I think its important and live giving… but this is the first time, I was completely isolated with my own thoughts and produced songs on my keyboard, with no one else to interject their thoughts. I have obviously given the production credit to the wonderful John Mark Painter, and there are a plethora of my friends that played on the album, but these songs are truly and purely mine.
2. It is the first album that that I have played on, primarily on every song, with the keyboards. I am not a great keyboardist, I am alright, but I influenced these songs so heavily that I felt that I should be on them as a player as well. As a singer, sometimes the producer feels that other musicians would be better suited for the task of playing…. Singer/Players are very rare…. I don’t consider myself good enough to get a gig as a keyboardist on the road, with lets say, “Bryan Ferry or Sting’…. but I can hold my own in the studio. John Painter was generous enough to let me play on all of these tunes…. the exceptions to the rule are the rock songs…. I did not play on Election, Muzick Is Magic or William Blake…. even though I wrote every one of them on my crappy Casio synthesizer.
3. When I accomplished my first solo album ‘Stereotype Be’ back in 2001, I was a greenhorn. I really just wanted to write an album that felt like Sgt. Pepper’s or David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust…. with ‘Playing Games With The Shadow’ I have evolved as a songwriter to a point that I feel I understand my own style. I feel ‘developed’ or, to use another fitting term, a ‘finished work.’ I am still growing and learning as an artist, and I truly feel like my best work is still ahead of me, but this is the first time I feel totally realized on a project. All my thoughts and melodies are laid bare…. just like on the song ‘Skin Of Our Teeth’… I wanted to show the raw qualities of my musicality.
Thank you for supporting me and helping me realize my dream of music and imagination. I hope I have many more opportunities like this. Its exciting because I am moving from suburbia in Franklin Tn, to a total rural landscape of isolation and beauty. There will be many opportunities to perform for you at my new place of residence, and we are offering some interesting exclusives on the land. With this campaign, we are start the next chapter of music, coming to you from the ‘BLIND THIEF FARM’ in Centerville Tn.
The first 8 sides, are the songs that came immediately… however, I intend to create a couple more songs as we get into this project, which might eventually wind up on the hard copy. I aim to please and entertain, so any questions you have about the album or the exclusives, let me know here on the page.
Peace and Love KM
Get a digital download of Playing Games With The Shadows 8 songs + video available instantly!
Get the new album on a signed CD, the new t-shirt AND a signed photo.
Playing Games With the Shadow available on CD.
Playing Games With the Shadow available on CD. Signed!
New t-shirt featuring artwork inspired by the album!
Evening phone call. 30 minutes.
5 original poems on french manuscript paper with Wax Max Stamp.
Evening Skype call. 30 minutes.
Literal paper copy of Kevin’s journal with all of the lyrics from the album from his own personal journal. After his computer went down for a few weeks, Kevin was forced to write everything down to hard copy…. this is it. Complete with illustrations, doodles etc.
Three original poems with three 8×10 illustrations by Jimmy Abegg – everything signed
VIP tickets and seating to a special private concert of the whole album at Kevin’s private residence in TN, ‘Blind Thief Farm.’ Concert will include appetizers, special tour of grounds and drinks. Limited seating, will go fast!!!
includes several items curated from Kevin, from his private collection of music, fashion, literary choices and photography.
Join Kevin & Family on his property outside of Franklin TN, at the ‘Blind Thief Farm’ for a 1 night stay including dinner, tour of the farm and studio. Farm includes pool, entertainment room, hiking, sightseeing and a sing-a-long with Kevin in the official Blind Thief studios. No more than 2 adults, will include food & lodging. Travel expenses not included.
I’ll come to your house and play a full set for you and your friends.
Available within 300 miles of Nashville. Further than 300 miles will be additional.