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10.18.21New USBs Include Next CD and Latest Single
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10.16.21Bible-Reading Update: Psalms 141-Ecclesiastes 9
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
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10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364
05.06.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Sixth Single
04.28.21Bible-in-One Year Starts Today
04.23.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Fifth Single

Stories Behind This Week's Single, Pt. 1
Wed., Mar. 13. 2019 9:53pm EDT

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

Shortly after we announced our new song "Mephibosheth" on Facebook, longtime ApX fan Curt Sweitzer posted this on the band's page:

"J. Jackson has done it again! He has put out a song that makes me get out my Bible reference books in order to figure out who this person is in this new song. Don't remember this name in my Bible reading."

That's so good to hear, Curt! I first got the idea for "Mephibosheth" in 2006. I'd known about the guy for a lot longer than that, but the parody grew out of a response I used to give when people would ask me how we got ideas for songs. I'd explain that there are three basic ways:

1. You're not thinking of anything at all and God just pops an idea in your head.

2. You've got a song in mind and you're looking for biblical concepts/characters that rhyme with that song's key words.

3. You've got a biblical concept/character, and you're looking for a song with words that rhyme with it. "For example," I'd say, "what rhymes with Mephibosheth?" I'd do that for comedic effect, and it usually got good laughs.

Then, one day, I realized that a song about Mephibosheth would work really well with a certain #4 hit Elton John released in 1974. I got the chorus first, but I also focused on Elton's opening line, "I was justified when I was five." I thought to myself, "Hey, didn't Mephibosheth get dropped when he was five?" Sure enough, he did. And off we went.

I'd always loved the sound of Elton's original song, but never felt too comfortable singing it, even before I was a born-again Christian. In fact, in Christmas 1977, my neighbors gave me a gift certificate for a free album at a local record store -- it would be the first album I ever purchased for myself -- and I almost bought Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume 2.

The aforementioned album had just been released a few months earlier. But I didn't buy it, because that was the opening track and it had a swear word in it. I know there are worse words in this world, and I don't think British people even treat it as a swear word, but that's why I hesitated.

That may sound kind of lame to some of you, but we wound up writing our parody of said song about a Bible character who was lame instead. And now, to paraphrase Sir Elton himself, said song says so much. :)

BTW, I used that gift certificate to buy Endless Summer by The Beach Boys, but I eventually did buy that Elton album, and we've now done the first two tracks on it. The second song was "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," which we spoofed as "L.S.F." in July 2018.

Nevertheless, I guess it was providential that I bought Endless Summer first, because we got five spoofs out of that album, including "Help Me Rhoda," "John 1:1," "Crowd of Foreign Girls," "Search and You'll Get Saved," and "Servin' the Father."