Here's the Title & Theme of Our Upcoming Easter CD
Thu., Jan. 29. 2015 12:08am EST
As you may have heard, we're planning to release an Easter CD in March. Now we can finally tell you the title: Easter Standard Time. Like most of our CD titles, it has multiple meanings.
Originally, we planned to assemble a collection of old standards (i.e. previously released ApologetiX songs) about Easter and Passion Week — along the lines of our Classics: Christmas CD.
However, when we listened to some of the older songs, we felt they didn't match our current standards for performance and production. We'd been wanting to redo a number of them for many years, and the time has finally come.
But we also had other Easter-oriented songs written that we'd been waiting to record for the first time — songs dealing with parts of the story we haven't covered before, like the Garden of Gethsemane and the walk to Emmaus.
We decided to present the songs in the order in which the events they describe happened (standard time), so a Palm Sunday song would come before a Last Supper song, which would come before a Crucifixion song.
This CD is the kind of thing we had in mind when we put together Jesus Christ Morningstar in 1998; we just didn't have enough songs about Passion Week and the Resurrection to tell the whole story or fill a whole CD. Now we do.
If all goes according to plan, Easter Standard Time will contain 17 songs — four that have appeared on CDs in the past several years,
six that were on older CDs but have been totally redone, and seven that have never been on CD before.
So 13 of the 17 songs will be all-new recordings. More than half of those are basically finished, and the rest are well underway and should be complete within the next week and a half.
Please pray for us as we work to get everything done on time. We've put in hundreds of hours on this project lately, and we're excited to see it reach fruition. But if it brings those who hear it into a deeper relationship with Christ, that will be the real fruit.
So you could say we're hoping this CD will turn a lot of Easter baskets into fruit baskets.