More Stories Behind the New Single
Thu., Aug. 4. 2016 3:19pm EDT
Soon after releasing our new single, we received this email:
I had emailed you before about a possible parody of "Right Here Waiting." You (J.) replied that you and Todd were already considering it. I didn't think it would be this soon and it's not even close to what I imagined. I love it, and it gives me another Old Testament story for my library song lists.Here's what ApX lyricist J. Jackson said in response:
On top of that, "There Are Wolves Among Us" was an incredible surprise. Every time the original played on our oldies station at the shop, I told the guys how I wished APX would do that one soon.
The guys think I'm crazy sometimes because I let them know about each new message you gave us from the original hits when we catch them on the oldies. They love your CD's too. I take them to work and give away the second CD, just as you suggested.
Hey, that's right, Kam — I do remember you asking about "Right Here Waiting"! You know, when I told you Todd and I were considering it, we really were, but at the time I didn't have a good idea for lyrics yet. I had one idea, but I wasn't convinced it was the right one. And as it turns out, the final parody wasn't even close to what I imagined, either! :)
But I was very happy with the way it turned out, and once God turned on the spigot, the words were done in a day or two. And that's a story in the Bible that has always interested me, so I'm glad to have a song for it.
I had the lyrics done before I had the title. And then I finally got the idea, since Daniel was explaining the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar's nightmare to him, and it did involve a nightmarish scenario that was waiting for the king.
You know something funny?
While I was finishing up the lyrics, I was stuck in a nasty traffic jam near my neighborhood, because they were paving the roads, so I couldn't get home quickly and type up the lyrics that were swimming in my head, although I was scribbling them on whatever pieces of paper were available in the car.
Anyway, I got the title right after that, and later that day when I was explaining to my wife about getting the lyrics, I told her that it was a "nightmare waiting" in traffic. Once the words left my mouth, I realized how ironic it was, because by then I had the title, but the traffic jam wasn't what inspired the title, and I wasn't initially trying to make a pun when telling her about the traffic.
I'm so glad you liked "There Are Wolves Among Us"! I got the title about 20 years ago, but I wrote the lyrics this year — some in February, but most in July.