Clues #9 & 10 for the New CD
Fri., Sep. 29. 2006 10:51pm EDT
With this week's entry, we have now given you half of the clues to the contents of our upcoming CD, "Wordplay" (due out November 7), which features 20 parodies of classic and modern hits. Here are clues #9 and 10:
9. Boulevard of Both Extremes
Quick -- name something worse for your social life in ancient Judea than having leprosy. How about having leprosy AND being a Samaritan? That's the situation faced by the main character in this song, based on Luke 17:11-19. Put yourself in this guy's sandals: Every time when you come around a group of people you have to give them a warning that you're a leper -- as if they couldn't figure that out for themselves. Then, after they've taken a long look at you as you pass by and disappear down the lonely road, you can hear them muttering things like, "Good riddance" and "Samaritan idiot!" That could tend to make a person a little jaded or even turn them into a basket case. To this guy's credit, he persevered, and found out something very cool; the Jesus of Nazareth and all Judea was also the Jesus of Samaria.
10. None Too Ladylike
The Old Testament is full of heroes, but Queen Jezebel is one of its biggest villains -- a supervillain, if you will. One of the greatest days for the people of ancient Israel was when Jezebel finally went down for the count in Second Kings chapter 9. She'd oppressed the God-fearing people of the land for so long they almost couldn't believe she really might be gone for good. Although her husband, King Ahab, and son, King Ahaziah, sat on the throne while she was queen, Jezebel was the true kingpin of the regime. Despite all her atrocities, though, Jezebel seemed to view General Jehu's bloody overthrow (literally) of her government as a takeover she didn't deserve. But in the end, her occult enchantments couldn't spare her own life. And when Jehu finally did strike, it was time for the Israelites to get happy.