Crowd shot masthead ApologetiX Logo Keith Haynie plays bassBill Hubauer plays lead guitarJ. Jackson sings leadJimmy Vegas Tanner plays drums
61,211
as of December 7, 2022

<< Back to the fan club


Search Past News:

Sort by Relevance Date

Yesterday's News:

12.05.22New ApX Apparel Designs + Mugs, Stickers & More
12.05.22This Week's News Bulletin
12.05.22Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
12.05.22New Single: '82 & '07
12.05.22How to Get the ApX Complete Library or USBs
12.05.22Over 1500 Tracks for $100
12.03.22Influential Albums: 933-939
12.03.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
12.03.22How to Donate Online or by Mail
12.03.22Bible-Reading Update for Next Two Weeks
12.03.22Keith Haynie Become a Grandfather Again
12.03.2230th Anniversary Challenge Coins Back in Stock
11.29.22This Week's News Bulletin
11.24.22Influential Albums: 926-932
11.23.22New CD BOGO Ends Saturday
11.23.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
11.23.22Funny Story from a Fan in Texas
11.23.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #22
11.22.22New Single: '75 & '88
11.22.22ApX Shirts, Caps & Hoodies Now Available
11.19.22New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.18.22Influential Albums: 919-925
11.18.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
11.14.22ApX Top 10 Alternatives from Fan
11.14.22Fan Will Match All Donations Up to $5000
11.10.22Influential Albums: 912-918
11.10.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
11.10.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #21
11.08.22New Single: '80 & '91
11.05.22J. Shares More About HIs Mother
11.05.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
11.05.22Influential Albums: 905-911
11.04.22J.'s Mom Departs at Age 93
11.04.22Clues for 2022 Single #21
10.28.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX This Week
10.28.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #20
10.28.22Influential Albums: 898-904
10.25.22New Single: '80s Rock Hits
10.21.22What's on the Next CD?
10.21.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX This Week
10.21.22Influential Albums: 891-897
10.19.22Clues for 2022 Single #20
10.17.22This Week's News Bulletin
10.14.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX This Week
10.14.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #19
10.14.22Influential Albums: 884-890
10.14.22ApX at the Top of the Charts
10.10.22New Single Is Our 200th Overall
10.08.22ApologetiX Top 10 from San Antonio TX
10.08.22Influential Albums: 877-883
10.08.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX: Proverbs, Pt. 1
10.08.22Clues for 2022 Single #19
09.30.2210 Testimonies from 8 States (and 2 Provinces)
09.29.22Influential Albums: 870-876 (and 856-862)
09.28.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #18
09.28.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX: Psalms Project Pt. 2
09.26.22ApX Needs Help and Prayer
09.26.22New Single: A Couple '80s #1 Hits
09.24.22Rock Thru The Bible with ApX: The Psalms Project
09.23.22Only 10 Anniversary Challenge Coins Left
09.23.22Health Updates on Tom, Jerry, Jimmy & Eve
09.22.22Influential Albums: 863-869
09.19.22This Week's News Bulletin
09.19.22Update on Jimmy and His Wife, Eve
09.16.22Bible-Reading Update for Next Two Weeks
09.15.22Influential Albums: 856-862
09.15.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
09.15.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #17
09.12.22New Single: The Write Combination
09.10.22Clues for 2022 Single #17
09.10.22Influential Albums: 849-855
09.10.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
09.09.22ApX 30th Anniversary Challenge Coins Available
09.02.22Influential Albums: 842-848
09.01.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
09.01.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #16
08.31.22ApX Drummer and Wife Injured in Motorcycle Accident
08.29.22New Single: '83 & '85
08.29.22Signed CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.26.22Influential Albums: 835-841
08.26.22Clues for 2022 Single #16
08.26.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.22.22This Week's News Bulletin
08.19.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.19.22Influential Albums: 828-834
08.19.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #15
08.15.22This Week's News Bulletin
08.15.22New Single: '75 & '95
08.13.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.13.22Influential Albums: 821-827
08.09.22This Week's News Bulletin
08.06.22Influential Albums: 814-820
08.06.22The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #14
08.06.22Get Multiple Downloads, Complete Library, or USBs
08.06.22ApX Top 10 from Washington State
08.05.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
08.01.22New Single: Late '80s Ladies
07.29.22What's on the Next CD?
07.29.22Influential Albums: 807-813
07.29.22Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week

The Stories Behind the Songs on Single #18
Wed., Sep. 28. 2022 11:42pm EDT

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

Here are the stories behind the songs on our 18th single of 2022:

A FEW WHO HAVE SKILL

I got the idea for this parody on June 4, 2022, but didn't expect to be doing anything with it anytime soon, if ever. I had just read the passages about Bezalel and Oholiab in Exodus 31 and 35-38 a few weeks earlier as part of my daily Bible readings.

Of course, I'd perused that portion of Scripture many times before, but when reading it in recent years, I've thought about the way God uniquely equips His people to carry out specific tasks He has prepared for them. That carries over from the Old Testament to the New Testament, as we read in Paul's description of the Church as the Body of Christ in First Corinthians 12-14.

From a creative standpoint, I get to see it happen all the time with the team of musicians, singers, and artists who work on our parodies, singles, and CDs. The LORD gave Moses the vision and instructions for the tabernacle and its furnishings, but Moses needed highly skilled craftsmen led by the Spirit of God to actually make it all a reality.

Although we're not doing anything nearly as important, when God gives me an idea for a song, He also provides the right team to bring it to fruition. In the case of this song, the "few who have skill" were Rich Mannion (keyboards and electronic-drum programming), Wayne Bartley (guitars, engineering, and mixing), and George Elliott on bass.

All four of us have an appreciation for the music and talents of Duran Duran, although I bet that I'm the only one of us who actually bought the "A View to a Kill" single on 45 back when it was a hit!

HEAVEN'S GONNA LIFT YOU UP

As I mentioned in my journal entry for "You've Got to Write Stuff," I took my wife, Lisa, to see New Kids on the Block when they came to Pittsburgh on July 19, 2022, and one of their opening acts was Rick Astley.

Our son, T.J., is 11 (the same age his mother was when "Never Gonna Give You Up" hit #1) and he loves to "Rickroll" people. If you don't know what that is, "Better Go and Look It Up." Lisa even called T.J. from the concert with a video chat when Rick did that song. It's funny, because by the time we released this parody, just a little over two months later, T.J.'s voice had changed to a deeper tone that sounds a lot more like Rick's.

I got the idea for "Heaven's Gonna Lift You Up" on August 3, 2022, although I first suggested it as a possibility to Rich and Jimmy in March 2021.

One of the key passages that inspired this parody was Philippians 2:9-11 "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

We alluded to those verses previously in our parody "Want It Dead or Alive," but that song is sober reminder that everyone will be compelled to acknowledge Christ as Lord and King someday, no matter where they wind up spending eternity, whereas this song is meant to worship Christ and to encourage those of us who are already acknowledging Him now on earth.