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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
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
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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

The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
Fri., Aug. 27. 2021 6:43pm EDT

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

Here are the stories behind the songs on our 14th single of 2021:

TRUMPET SOUND

I've wanted to spoof Pseudo Echo's "Funkytown" (sometimes also spelled "Funky Town") for years. It hit #6 on the U.S. pop chart in July 1987 but had already gone to #1 in their native Australia in late '86 and stayed at the peak position for seven weeks. Of course, that song was a cover version of a U.S. #1 hit from 1980 performed by the American group Lipps Inc.

I remember trying to imitate the effects on the chorus of the original by singing into the fan of my neighborhood friend's outdoor heat pump! Interestingly, both versions went to #1 in Australia and Canada. I like both, too, but Pseudo Echo's version allowed us to rock out and to showcase the screaming guitars of Wayne Bartley.

Late at night on July 30, 2021, I texted Wayne a list of four songs I was considering spoofing and asked him to tell me the one he'd most like to play. He chose "Funkytown." Now the pressure was on me to come up with a good parody idea. Thankfully, God provided the theme, title, and chorus shortly thereafter — probably less than half an hour later. I ran it past my wife, and she liked it, too.

This parody is based on the trumpet sound accompanying Christ's return, which the Apostle Paul mentions in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:52. Later, it dawned on me that the keyboards on Pseudo Echo's version sound a bit like trumpets ... or at least like the trumpet sound on the keyboard my mom had in our living room back in the 80's. So that made the new title even more fitting.

SOMETHING OF VALUE

On June 27, 2021, I went to church and heard Tom Milnes preach a sermon in which he talked about doing his "level best." He used the expression three different times; I couldn't remember ever hearing it before then.

That afternoon, while looking for more 80's songs ApX could spoof, I started leafing through a book that listed the 100 biggest hits for each year. When I got to 1986, I came across "Something About You" by Level 42 (a song I remembered fondly) so I went to iTunes to buy it. The first place I checked was their greatest hits album, which I'd never seen before. The title of the album? Level Best.

A little over a month later, on the afternoon of July 31, I was working on the lyrics and got the line "gold, diamond rings, and fancy kinds of jewels. That evening, I saw a Simpsons episode, and Homer was fantasizing about a reward and said, "Gold, diamonds, and jewels." So a sermon and The Simpsons helped me feel like I was on the right track. I got the title in between, on July 12.

"Something of Value" contrasts mankind's inherited depravity with our inherent dignity. Man was made in the image of God, so there is something of value in each of us. Because of that, God demands an accounting not just from humans who kill humans but even from animals who kill humans, although not vice versa (Genesis 9:5-6). But we're all descended from Adam; therefore we're all sinners. Nevertheless, God gave something of infinite value to save us — the life of His only begotten Son.