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04.15.24This Week's News Bulletin
04.15.24Over 1650 Tracks for $100
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04.15.24New Single: '74 & '78
04.12.24Influential Albums: 1430-1436
04.12.24USBs Include New CD & Latest Single
04.12.24This Week's Bible-Reading
04.12.24Unchained Medley CD Added to iTunes, Spotify, Etc.
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04.12.24Clues for 2024 Single #8
04.08.24This Week's News Bulletin
04.08.24How to Get the ApX Library, USBs, Multiple Downloads
04.08.24This Week's News Builletin
04.05.24Five Months Till the Big ApologetiX Show
04.05.24Influential Albums: 1423-1429
04.05.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
04.05.24ApX Fan Needs Lung Transplant or a Miracle
04.03.24This Week's News Bulletin
04.01.24New Single: Two-Hit Wonders
03.29.24Bible-Reading Ends Tuesday, Starts Again Wednesday
03.29.24Rock the Bible Finishes Up
03.29.24Easter Season Playlist 2024
03.29.24Influential Albums: 1416-1422
03.28.24New CD BOGO Ends Sunday Night
03.28.24Clues for 2024 Single #7
03.25.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.22.24Influential Albums: 1409-1415
03.22.24This Week's Bible-Reading
03.22.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
03.20.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.20.24New Single: Top-Five Hits by Four-Man Bands
03.16.24Influential Albums: 1402-1408
03.16.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
03.12.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.09.24Influential Albums: 1395-1401
03.09.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
03.09.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
03.05.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.03.24New Single: '74 Solo Smashes
03.01.24A Serious Problem We're Trying to Address
02.29.24All About Our Next CD
02.29.24Influential Albums: 1388-1394
02.29.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.29.24Clues for 2024 Single #5
02.25.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.22.24Get Ready for Our Next CD
02.22.24Influential Albums: 1381-1387
02.22.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.22.24Wayne Is Retiring, What's Next for Him and Us?
02.22.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
02.19.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.19.24New Single: Billy & The Beach
02.16.24Influential Albums: 1374-1380
02.16.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.16.24Remembering ApX Friend Paul "Doc" Nigh (1956-2024)
02.16.24Clues for 2024 Single #4
02.10.24Influential Albums: 1367-1373
02.10.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.10.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
02.06.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.06.24New Single: '74 & '83
02.03.24ApX Lead Singer/Lyricist Shares His Testimony 36 Years Later
02.03.24Influential Albums: 1360-1366
02.03.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.03.24Latest CD Added to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
02.02.24Clues for 2024 Single #3
01.29.24This Week's News Bulletin
01.26.24Influential Albums: 1353-1359
01.26.24How to Get the ApX Library, USBs, Multiple Downloads
01.26.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
01.26.24Flashback: J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2014
01.26.24J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2024
01.26.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
01.24.24Checking in With ApX Alum Drummer Fred Behanna
01.22.24This Week's News Bulletin
01.22.24New Single: '70s #1 Hits That Remade '60s Top 10 Hits
01.19.24Influential Albums: 1346-1352
01.19.24Encouraging Message from Longtime Fan in Oklahoma
01.19.24This Week's Bible-Reading & Rock Thru the Bible
01.15.24This Week's News Bulletin
01.12.24Influential Albums: 1339-1346
01.12.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
01.12.24Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
01.12.24New Testament Reading Started Wednesday
01.11.24New Worship Songs Available from ApX Alum Bill Rieger
01.08.24New Single: '81 & '83
01.08.24New CD BOGO Ends Sunday
01.08.24New USB Thumb Drives on the Way
01.05.24Clues for 2024 Single #1
01.05.24Influential Albums: 1332-1338
01.05.24Have You Heard About the Other Music City Miracle?
01.05.24This Week's Bible Reading & Rock Thru the Bible
12.29.23Influential Albums: 1325-1331
12.29.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
12.28.232023: A Record-Breaking Record-Making Year
12.28.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
12.26.23This Week's News Bulletin
12.26.23New Single: 1974 & 2008
12.23.23Influential Albums: 1318-1324
12.23.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week

J. Shares More About HIs Mother
Sat., Nov. 5. 2022 12:35am EDT

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here again.

I wanted to tell you a little bit more about my mother.

Known as Pat to her friends, Joyce to her siblings, and Pattie to her grandchildren, she was married to my dad for 66 years. They had four children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

My mother and father each had five other siblings, so they had many nieces and nephews, too. Dad was the fourth of six kids, but Mom was the oldest and has been the matriarch of her family since my grandmother died over 20 years ago.

If you like ApologetiX, you can thank my mother for a big part of that. She was a voracious reader, and her kids followed suit. She and Dad bought me my first (and second) Bible. They also sent me to 12 years of parochial school, where I had religion classes every day.

My mom made sure we never missed church unless we were seriously ill. I vividly remember one Sunday after church when she asked what the sermon was about, and I couldn't tell her. She warned me that I'd better be able to answer the next time she asked. I never forgot that.

I don't remember Mom telling me a lot of Bible stories, but one I do recall stuck with me — the time when the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream and said He'd give the young king anything he requested (1 Kings 3:5-15). Mom told me Solomon had asked for wisdom and God had made him the wisest man on earth. I've asked God for wisdom many times over the years because of that.

My mom loved music and could sing and play piano equally well by ear or by reading music, and she encouraged me to sing while she played. She loved musicals, and inspired all of us kids to listen to cast recordings, attend performances, and get involved in our own school plays.

Mom bought our family the albums for both Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, two productions that greatly influenced my songwriting. She also forced me to watch Jesus of Nazareth, which profoundly impacted my perception of Jesus and become my all-time favorite film.

Our family dinner table always included generous portions of puns, and Mom urged us to do creative things like poems and parodies. Moreover, she made me vacuum the house (even the upholstery) every week, which necessitated that I sing to entertain myself over the drone.

Her favorite television show was Jeopardy, which might explain my love for trivia and knowledge, and she encouraged me to become a writer at a time when I was leaning more towards being an artist.

My mom had a strong conscience, and was extremely honest. She was no pushover, but she was ultimately very merciful. And she supported and promoted what we did in ApologetiX, even though she didn't recognize over 95 percent of the songs we spoofed.

Oh, and she also carried me around for nine months before I was born, made sure I was fed and clothed afterward, and a bunch of other stuff!

I praise God that He gave the world 93 years with her, and gave me 58 of them (technically 59, if you count the nine months before the rest of the world got to meet me).

Addendum: I put this article together on Thursday night. I try to read the Bible with my three youngest kids every evening, but circumstances had prevented me from doing so Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday night, we picked up where we left off, and lo and behold, the entry was that same story from 1 Kings 3 that my mom shared with me when I was a kid! God is so cool!