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11.16.18Keith's Daughter to Release EP This Month
11.16.1843rd ApX Episode on Radio This Weekend
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11.09.18Encouragement from Fans in Five States
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11.05.18New Single, Fan Will Match All Donations This Week
11.02.18We Need Help (Tales of Tall Strangers)
11.01.18How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.01.18Clues for Our Next Single
11.01.18More Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
11.01.18Encouragement from TX, MO, SC & CA
10.31.18Parody Plans for the Next Three Months
10.29.18Buy Any CD, Get 1 Free (Ends Friday)
10.26.18The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
10.23.18New Single: Two Bands We've Never Spoofed Before
10.20.18Free DVD with Any CD (Ends Sunday Night)
10.20.18Where Have You Gone, Joe Cataneo?
10.20.18Clues for Tomorrow Night's Single
10.12.18Update on Last Week's Prayer Request
10.12.18Revisiting Last Week's Clues
10.12.18Math Tutor Gets Music Lesson from ApX Fan
10.08.18New Single Should Be Rated G
10.05.18Prayer Request & Praise Report from Louisville KY
10.05.18Here's Our Sequel to "The Borean Identity"
10.05.18From a Pastor, Teacher, and Dad in Duluth MN
10.04.18Over 1150 Tracks for $100 (Ends Sunday)
10.04.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
10.01.18Following Up on Last Week's Newsletter
09.28.18Unfortunately, We Still Need Help and Prayer
09.28.18What's on Tap for October
09.25.18New Single (Alphabet Soup)
09.20.18The Borean Identity: A Family of Fans in WA
09.20.18BOGO Deal on New CD Ends Sunday
09.19.18Something for All You Completists Out There
09.19.18Clues for Our Upcoming Single
09.17.18New CD Deal Ends Sunday: Buy 1, Get 1 of 28 CDs Free
09.14.18There's Something About Nichey
09.14.18ApX & Timmy D Back on the Air in Philly
09.12.18New Single: 2 Smashes from the 70's
09.07.18Encouragement from Fans in 22 States
09.07.18Clues for Our Next Single
09.04.18ApologetiX Needs Help & Prayer Now
08.30.18Sensational Sentiments from 7 States
08.30.18Watch Tom Milnes Preach Online
08.28.18New Single: All-American 80's
08.27.18ApX on NPR? That's Twisted
08.24.18ApX Alum Launches New Church
08.24.18Clues for This Wkd's Single
08.24.18Multitudes Pay Respects to Keith Harrold
08.23.18What's on the New CD?
08.22.18New ApX Video: We Will Walk Through
08.17.18More Memories of Keith Harrold from a Band Wife
08.17.18In Memoriam: Keith Harrold
08.17.18ApX on the Go in New Jersey
08.14.18New Single: Summer of '83
08.10.18Three Big Reasons We Do This (from TN, IN & CO)
08.10.18More Fans Respond to Our Last Single
08.10.18Catch This Cool Colorado Correspondence
08.10.18Clues for Our Next Single
08.02.18He's Not a Fan of Those Bands, But ...
08.02.18Request from a DJ in WA
08.02.18The Title and Theme of Our Next CD
08.02.18The Stories Behind Our Next Single
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07.26.18New Single: Both By British Bands
07.20.18How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
07.20.18Minnesota Fan Finds New Use for ApX Music
07.19.18Happy Birthday to the Boys in the Band
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07.19.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
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07.13.18What Happened in Toledo Stayed in Toledo
07.13.18Fans React to New Single
07.10.181150 Tracks for $100 (Ends Sunday)
07.10.18Half Off CDs, MP3s, & DVDs (Ends Sunday)
07.10.18New Single: Guns N' Roses & Elton John
07.07.18Praise Report on Last Week's Prayer Request
07.07.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
07.03.18Half Off CDs & MP3s (Ends Monday)
06.30.18Prayer Request for Lee & Lois
06.30.18Recording Update: Lots of Good News
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06.25.18New Single: Resurrection Collection (70's & 80's)
06.20.18It's a Nice Day for a Non-ApX Wedding
06.20.18Corny Commentary on Our Last Single
06.20.18Clues for This Week's Single
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06.08.18Urgent Prayer Request from African Missionary
06.08.18Recording Update: You Can't Make This Stuff Up
05.29.18Fan Will Match All Donations This Week
05.24.18Update: What's Going On & What's Gone Wrong?
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05.18.18Three Great New ApX Videos

The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
Fri., Oct. 26. 2018 2:15pm EDT

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here again.

It's fitting that we spoofed The Zombies for our late-October single, since it's the time of the season for such things, but we didn't plan that. On September 18, Jimmy texted me and asked if "She's Not There" had been a big hit. I told him it had gone all the way up to #2. "It's an eerie tune," he said. "Very cool. Got lyric ideas?" I've always loved that song and told him I'd put it on my "to do" list.

Within minutes, God gave me the idea to turn it into "She's Not Dead," about Tabitha (a.k.a. Dorcas), the woman Peter resurrected in Acts 9. In the week leading up to Jimmy's question, I'd been thinking about doing a song about her, though I'd been toying with a different song. But this one was perfect for it, and I started getting lyrics right away and let Jimmy know.

Jimmy texted back and said, "It's cool, because I feel like God is telling us to do it." Jimmy never says stuff like that, so I put it on the front burner. The guys had all their parts done by October 6, and I recorded vocals on October 10, so there wasn't much dead time. I think it's pretty cool that we used a song by a band named for the undead to tell the story of a woman raised from the dead.

The other song on the new single was a slow burner. I got the idea to spoof the Sugarloaf song "Green-Eyed Lady" as "Read Isaiah" back in the mid-90's but never expected we'd get around to it, so I never wrote the lyrics. About five years ago,Tom Tincha started talking about what a cool song it was, so that rekindled my interest, but it was still a long shot.

Enter Rich Mannion, who just started playing keys with ApologetiX back in late May. Once you hear Rich's keyboards on both of these new songs, you'll realize he was born to play them. That guy is good. And those songs are tricky.

The trick for me with "Read Isaiah" was narrowing down what scripture references I wanted to use from Isaiah. There are so many great ones, but I finally settled on 1:18, 6:1, 7:14, 9:6 and chapter 53. You know how they take verses in the Epistle to the Romans and call them the "Romans Road to Salvation"? This is kind of the "Romans Road" of Isaiah for me.

The Zombies and Sugarloaf only had five Top 40 hits between them, but, oh, what hits they were! The Zombies had "She's Not There" (#2), "Tell Her No" (#6), and "Time of the Season" (#3); Sugarloaf had "Green-Eyed Lady" (#3) and "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" (#9).

Ironically, both bands had comeback hits four years after their initial successes — at a time when the public had largely forgotten about them. Even more strangely, both comeback hits reached their peak chart position on March 29 (in 1969 and 1975), although the songs we spoofed were the first hits for each band (in the autumns of 1964 and 1970).

Isn't that weird? I know what you're saying: "No, J., you are the one who is weird." Yeah, I know. But, thankfully, God can still use it.