ApX for Art's Sake: Christian Culture in Colorado
Thu., Aug. 1. 2019 1:48am EDT
We knew we'd never be classified as "darlings of the critics" when we set out to do Christian parodies, but an email we received recently from a well-spoken fan in Colorado almost made us feel respectable. :) Seriously, this email really encouraged us, and we hope it encourages you:
The closer I get to Jesus, the more I crave virtue and deep meaning in my art. I want something that inspires and resonates with me. I see vapid meaningless piece of art after art. For instance, just looking at the shows Netflix and Hulu choose to make — I want something better! Thanks so much, Wayne! We feel like Pigpen must have felt in after Charlie Brown defended his honor by saying "He may be carrying soil that was trod upon by Solomon, or even Nebuchadnezzar." As Pigpen said in response, "Sort of makes you want to treat me with more respect, doesn't it?"
So, I was visiting a friend in Kansas and there was a magazine that had an article about ApologetiX. I considered myself in the know on Christian music and had vaguely heard about them, but after reading the article I became determined to find their stuff. So I ended up buying the whole library from on USB drive. Wow!!!
The music is like the controversy between modern worship and hymns. I constantly find that ApologetiX lyrics are deep like hymns, while so much of the other Christian music out there is fluffy and lacking any meat. (I was just listening to "Wrongview" and thinking about justice in the world).
I love art, especially Christian art. Amongst modern art, ApologetiX has quickly established itself amongst my three favorite artists: Adam Ford (the comic guy who started the Babylon Bee), Danny Carrales (he is a Christian director whose movies are just faithfully awesome) and now ApologetiX.
I suspect it is not easy for any of you guys, but the art coming out of all of you is legendary. For instance with ApologetiX -- so many of the songs they put out — I hated the original versions — and I love ApologetiX's versions.
What's funny is that is true sometimes even with the music. Like Smash Mouth's "Walkin' on the Sun." I could not stand that song, but somehow I find myself listening to "Droppin' on the Sun" over and over and loving the music better than the original, and this is without factoring in the awesome lyrics that make me contemplate so much more.
Keep it up guys, you are feeding my thirsty soul.