ApologetiX, Aliquippa, Audio Adrenaline, And ...
Sat., Sep. 8. 2001 1:12am EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
Sorry we missed you last week! Here's what's going on:
1.Concert Tonight in Aliquippa, PA
2.New CD Update from Karl
4.Keep the Change Song List (Clues #12, 13 and 14)
1. CONCERT TONIGHT IN ALIQUIPPA PA
I don't believe it! We're finally playing in our hometown Greater Pittsburgh area, and we actually have only one concert! It seems like a vacation or something! I know this is short notice, but I also know that this one has been on the schedule for a long time, so consider it just a reminder if you've been planning to come! As soon as I finish this e-mail, I'm hopping in the car and heading to the concert myself, so maybe you'll see me there! :)
Sat., Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Ohio United Presbyterian Church Longvue at Maratta Road Aliquippa PA 15001 Contact: Patty Strominger 724-378-3690 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. CD UPDATE FROM KARL
Hey, did you know we're working on a CD -- "Keep the Change"? I haven't read email in a couple days or answered the phone or anything, but I'm in a break in the studio and I saw my 600 messages, most of which are asking about the CD. So here's an update:
We're working around the clock - literally. J and I had several all-night vocal session last week. And I've been finishing up guitars and mixing every minute since.
We've been working around the clock mixing everything, and it's sounding wonderful. Wednesday, I started in the studio when I got up, and recorded guitars all day, and Bill showed up later and we mixed all night, and well into the next morning, and Bill left late and came back the next morning to find me still mixing from the night before. We worked until noon then left for our NEW mastering engineer's studio, in convenient Steubenville, Ohio.
We stayed there several hours (I was more than a little woozy since it was the END of the second day I was up) and we came back. And we mixed all night and at midnight the second day, *BILL* laughingly said "I have to throw in the towel dude! So I went to bed and got *some sleep* and I got up and Bill just got here (It's Friday afternoon as I write this) and we're off to the races.
You're caught up!
P.S. The new CD has 19 songs. 10 are done and being mastered five more need mixed and four after that are missing some guitar parts somewhere ;(
3. AUDIO ADRENALINE
Have you ever had any friends who liked a performer or group until they got really popular and then they decided they didn't like them anymore because everybody else did? I had friends who were like that back in college. Well, I confess that I don't care how popular the "big three" of Christian pop/rock (DC Talk, Newsboys and Audio Adrenaline) get, I really really like their CDs a lot. We play at a number of festivals at the same time with these groups, but that doesn't mean we get to see them. We met the Newsboys for about a second at Creation 2000, and Karl and I said a brief hello to their lead singer, Peter Fuller, in the lunch line at Kingdom Bound 1999, plus Karl and I each got to meet their former lead singer, John James, at Kingdom Bound in 2000, but that was it.
Consequently, it was an unexpected surprise when I got to meet the guys from Audio Adrenaline this past Sunday at Rejoice 2000. We had just finished our set, and I was talking to our good friend, "Timmy D" from WZZD in Philadelphia, who informed me that Audio A.'s drummer, Ben Cissell, had been pleasantly distracted from an interview he was doing by our concert, which was taking place not too far away, and had been laughing at some of our lyrics and asking questions about us. Timmy D. offered to introduce me to the guys from the band, and I took him up on the offer.
Mainly, I just wanted to tell them what their music had meant to me. I liked their early hits "My God" and "Big House" when they first came out, but I fell out of touch with Audio A.'s music until 1999, when I bought "Don't Censor Me," "Bloom," "Some Kind of Zombie," and "Underdog." I was going through a very difficult time in my life, and those four CDs really, really helped me ... and they provided entertainment for my daughter, Janna, who was making the transition from age two to three. It was great music for bathing her and for dancing and running around the house with her. In fact, aside from ApologetiX, the only other Christian band name Janna knows is Audio Adrenaline, which she used to pronounce as "Audio Adremmaline." Anyway, I got to briefly share some of those memories and others with Mark, Will and Ben from Audio A., and I gave them some CDs. I figured they'd probably appreciate our sense of humor, which seems similar to theirs.
A few days later, I got an e-mail from Bob Herdman, co-founder and rhythm guitarist for Audio A. He is currently not on tour for them, but busy handling much of the work with their label, Flicker Records. Bob does most of the lyric writing for Audio A., so it was a real honor to hear from him, because I love their lyrics and sense of humor.
> I've been listening to your CD's and they are great. Will and Mark brought > them back from somewhere. I guess you met them at a show or something. > I just wanted to know what you guys are up to and such.
I followed up with an e-mail to Bob about Audio A.'s impact in my life, and he sent me a much longer e-mail, said he'd checked out our website, and asked me to give him a call so we can talk some more. Isn't that cool? God constantly blows my mind with what he does for us.
4. KEEP THE CHANGE SONG LIST (CLUES #12, 13 and 14)
Never let it be said that ApologetiX fans are "clueless." As we did with "Spoofernatural," we're giving clues about the songs on "Keep the Change." Here are clues #12, 13 and 14:
#12 "The Real Sin Savior"
When we first decided to do a parody of a song by this artist, our drummer, Bill, got extremely excited because he thought we were talking about his favorite snack. Our bass player, Keith, was excited because he thought this artist recently released a song about him. Not quite, but there are two clues for you! This modern rock artist performed at the Grammys this year with another classic rock artist we're spoofing on "Keep the Change." In fact, I'll include that artist and his song as clue #13. The parody we are doing here is actually an altar call, but the highly controversial artist we spoof is one of the last people you'd expect to see at an altar call any time soon. Of course, Christ loves those people just as much, and sometimes they come to know him a lot faster than the less controversial people. And that's one of the points to this song. We've tried this a few times in concert, and if you think "One Way" or "Not Logs Lincoln" leave you breathless (literally), they got nothing on this one!
This song was originally a #2 hit for a man who was arguably the biggest artist of the 1970's, and it was also re-done in the early 1990's by Wilson Phillips and recently by modern rockers Fuel, who quote a line from another of this artist's songs in their hit, "Hemorrhage in My Hands." The subject of parody is (who else?) Daniel in (where else?) the lion's den, but it's told from King Darius' perspective, a pagan king who really liked Daniel a lot. One other note: I first heard this song when I was a kid and used to listen to my sisters' record albums. I liked the album this song came from so much that I made a deal with my sister Gayle, who owned it. She promised to give me the album if I'd let her cut my hair. And the rest is history.
#14 "Rock and Roots"
This is the only song I know of that lists the entire genealogy of Jesus Christ from Luke chapter 3. Adam begat Seth, who begat ... the whole way up to Jesus. This is actually one of the first parodies we ever wrote for ApologetiX, but we've waited till now to put it out on CD. I think you'll find it worth the wait. I'd tell you the title of the album the original song came from, but that album didn't have a title, so I don't want us to have a communication breakdown. In case you're wondering how many more times we've spoofed the original artist, I'll say this: We've parodied four other songs by this band on three of our other CDs, but none on "Spoofernatural." They're Karl's favorite band, and I've got a whole lotta love for their stuff, too!
5. UPCOMING CONCERTS
Please note that we've added a new concert in the state of Indiana (finally) on September 30!
Fri., Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. A.T. Room
Adrian MI 49221
Contact: Jenni Duranczyk 517-893-0056 (home)
Sat.. Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m.
(See You at the Pole Rally)
(with Five Iron Frenzy, Reliant K, Smalltown Poets John Reuben and Ace Troubleshooter)
Faith Evangelical Free Church
Sat., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
First Christian Church Freeman Lake
140 Freeman Lake Road
Elizabethtown KY 42702
Contact: Chris Kiger 270-765-4994 (Day), 270-765-2224 (Night)
Sat., Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.
7th Annual Barbecue on the River Foot of Broadway
Contact: Pam Ward 270-415-9095 email@example.com
Sun., Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
(812) 424-3318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Oct. 5, evening (tentative)
Family Christian Stores Holiday Center
3747 William Penn Highway
Contact: Chuck Ernst, Mgr. 412-372-1610 email@example.com
Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Christian Publications/Cornerstone Chapel
620 Route 23 North
Pompton Plains NJ 07444
Contact: Emily Strunk 973-616-7080
Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Cup O' Joy Benefit Concert
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay WI
Contact: Jan Oettinger 920-435-3269 (Cup O' Joy)
www.cupojoy.com Tickets: $5 in advance plus freewill offering $6 or $7 at door
Fri., Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
201 W. Jefferson St.
Butler PA 16001
Contact: Pastor Rich Leseganich 724-287-6741
Sat., Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St.
Contact: Tommy Rowe (Convention) 717-652-5856
Contact: Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659
Sat., Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St. Brookville PA
Contact: Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659
Fri., Oct. 26 at 9:00 p.m.
Common Ground Beautiful Savior Lutheran
5005 Northwest Blvd.
Plymouth MN 55442
Contact: Larry Deyoe 763-550-1000 ext. 106
Sat., Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Nebraska Church of God Retreat
Rock Haven Conv. & Retreat Center
76309 Road 415
Gothenburg NE 69138
Contact: Jason Johnson 402-486-3450
Sat., Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
2235 Ocean Heights Ave.
Egg Harbor Twsp, NJ 08234
Contact: Yvonne Parr 609-601-2460 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
White Oak ISD Campus
200 S. White Oak Rd.
White Oak, TX 75693
Contact: Mark Dickson, Millennium Missions
Fri., Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
FCA Benefit Poplar Bluff High School
1300 Victory Lane
Poplar Bluff MO 63901
Contact: Jim Hoyt, Cheerful Heart Ministries
Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
801 US Hwy 50 East
Union, MO 63084
Contact: Rich Permenter 636-583-2386 email@example.com
Well, I gotta go! I'm late for concert set-up! Thanks!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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