ApologetiX in PA, OH, New CD, Sonic Flood
Sun., Apr. 7. 2002 1:59pm EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
1. This Weekend: Concerts in PA & OH
2. Next Weekend: Concerts in California
3. Reminder: ApologetiX at GMA Week in Nashville
4. Our New CD, Grace Period: Clues #1 & #2
5. Sonic Flood Sounds In on "Keep the Change"
7. I'll Have the Chicken Whopper and the ApologetiX CD
8. Comment of the Week
9. ApologetiX Fan Websites 10. Upcoming Concerts
1. THIS WEEKEND: CONCERTS IN PA & OH
Wow! Three weekends in a row of concerts within a three-hour radius of our home in Pittsburgh! How convenient for us ... and for all of you friends and fans in the area! Come out and see us! We miss you! Don't wait till next weekend; we'll be out on the West Coast in sunny California!
Last weekend in West Virginia and New York went great. Both venues were packed, and we made a lot of new friends! Thanks for coming out!
Friday, April 19, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 advance, $10 door
Sponsored by North Branch Church
Center High School
Contact: Jeremy Higgs
Tickets can be purchased at Logos Books in Beaver,
Family Christian Store in Robinson or
through Jeremy Higgs
Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8/group, $10/advance by April 15, $12/door
The Brunswick Performance Center
Sponsored by Medina Alliance Fellowship
3581 Center Road
Contact: Pastor Dave
Wiener/Medina Alliance Fellowship
2. NEXT WEEKEND: CONCERTS IN CALIFORNIA
Friday, April 26, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Glad Tidings Church
750 E. Grangeville
Contact: Jeff Milhon
Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Kick-off for Ministries and "Celebrate Recovery"
Weather permitting this will be an outdoor concert
Antelope Crossing Middle School
9200 Palmerson Dr.
Antelope, CA (suburb of Sacramento)
Sponsored by North Valley Church
Contact: Tony Nole
3. REMINDER: APOLOGETIX AT GMA WEEK IN NASHVILLE
We mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating. From April 21-25, ApologetiX lead guitarist/producer Karl Messner will be at GMA Week in Nashville along with our booking agent/publicist, Kathleen Burke. If you'll be attending GMA Week and would like to schedule an interview, liners or something else with Karl and/or Kathleen, please contact Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. OUR NEW CD, GRACE PERIOD: CLUES #1 & #2
In case you missed our announcement Monday, we announced the upcoming summer release of our seventh CD, "Grace Period," which is slated to contain 20 parodies of rock hits from yesterday and today. As we promised, we'll be giving you clues about what those songs will be ó what our parody version is about and what song/artist we're spoofing. Here are your first two clues:
#1 "Born Above"
Judging by the titles of the two biggest albums for the artist we're spoofing here, he's been born twice, although not quite the way we're singing about in this song. "Born Above" is the story of Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus, as related in John 3:1-21, in which Jesus told Nicodemus "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." If you have a Bible with notes, it may tell you that the phrase "born again" can also be translated "born from above." The New Geneva Study Bible says, "It is possible that both meanings are intended ó a new birth that is a birth from above." Now back to the original artist. It's about time we covered him; after all he's been shouting "Cover me!" since 1987. He's been around since the 1970's, although his glory days were in the 1980's. He's had quite a few number one albums, but his biggest single only went to #2, but the video helped launch the career of future "Friends" star Courteney Cox. I've been waiting for us to do this parody for a long time. It's one of my favorites lyric-wise, and it's been on our "to do" list for the past three CDs!
The song we're spoofing here is a hit from this year, and of all the current acts we've been asked to spoof, the group that does this song is the most requested, which isn't surprising, considering their current album has sold seven million copies already! The original song talks about love gone wrong that has ended in bitterness, turning out not to be love at all. Our parody talks about real love as described in 1 Corinthians 13, "the LOVE chapter." It's easy to take that chapter for granted, because it gets read at weddings all the time, but it's not just about marital love. It's about the love we are supposed to have for everyone, and it's not just the stuff of greeting cards (no offense to my father-in-law, who is a rep for American Greetings!). This parody has been difficult to write, not just because there are a lot of words to the original, but also because as I have been studying love as described in 1 Corinthians 13, I am constantly reminded of how much I miss the mark. But another thing that has hit me is the fact that 1 John 4:8 says "God is love," so those characteristics of love described in 1 Corinthians 13 are all attributes of God, which is very comforting to me! The group that does this song is one of three current artists on "Grace Period" (there were almost four!) who apparently don't know how to spell. If they'd check out "Radical History Tour," they might have a clue!
5. SONICFLOOD SOUNDS IN ON "KEEP THE CHANGE"
If you've been following contemporary Christian music, you've probably encountered Sonicflood, whose first two albums, "Sonicflood" and "Sonicpraise," both made Billboard's Hot 200, with the former being certified gold for sales of over half a million copies. They have won a Dove award and been nominated for a Grammy. Their newest CD, "Resonate," is another top 10 hit on the Christian charts. I haven't checked the Billboard charts, but I imagine it made it there, too. Our guitarist/producer, Karl Messner, has been conversing with David Alan, keyboardist for Sonic Flood. Here are Dave's comments on our "Keep the Change" CD:
"Hey Karl, Thanks for the CD. I've been checking it out and it's hilarious! Sonically, it's fantastic - great job. Hope we can work together at some point. May God bless you guys."
Of course, maybe he's just biased since he's in Sonicflood, and we have two songs about the Flood on "Keep the Change."
We got this e-mail from Brazil a couple week ago:
"I am from Brazil and it would like the letter of the music "come out and pray " and " bethlehemian rhapsody " would like to translate these music. It was very good." Anderson Araujo
7. I'LL HAVE THE CHICKEN WHOPPER AND THE APOLOGETIX CD
We gave a CD to a group of ladies we met at a Burger King recently and were pleasantly surprised to get this e-mail from one of their 20-year-old daughters:
"Hey you guys- Well I dunno if you remember meetin' some "mom" in Burger King on your way to Austin for a show- but this is her twin daughters e-mailing you..... You gave us a signed copy of your CD - I've seen it in the Christian bookstores- and just so you know- the guy that worked there in TEXARKANA- recommended it- so I was impressed when my mom said she actually got to meet all of you- (by the way- she thought y'all were funny and really cool - comin from a 45-year-old mom I guess that's a good compliment right...haha) We love rock and me (Kelsey) and Kimberly thought your CD was cool- it really made us laugh to.... Just wanted you to know that some 20-year-old twins at college were interested in your music- you guys seem really fun and crazy ..." Always in Christ, Kelsey
8. COMMENT OF THE WEEK
We get a lot of great encouragement from people, including hundreds of e-mails a week, and we appreciate every single one and try to answer them all sooner or later.
I was doing an interview with YES-FM in Toledo OH last Thusday, and they said a guy named Randy had called in and said that "Old Time Romans Road" helped him lead his five-year-old daughter in a prayer for salvation, asking Jesus into her heart. He said he'd always had trouble before with that, but the song taught him the verses! Isn't that great?
9. APOLOGETIX FAN WEBSITE
It blows my mind when I use a search engine for the word "ApologetiX" and get almost 2,000 results! Here's a website from a fan of ours you might want to check out:
10. UPCOMING CONCERTS
Please note that there are concerts in the works that are not yet listed below. For more details on any or all of the concerts below, please go to http://www.apologetix.com/tour.html
To inquire about booking a concert, please contact our booking agent, Kathleen Burke, at email@example.com or call 949-770-3001, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
Apr 19 - Monaca PA Apr 20 - Brunswick OH Apr 26 - Hanford CA Apr 27 - Sacramento CA May 04 - Red Wing MN May 08 - Humboldt TN May 11 - Pittsburgh PA Jun 08 - Camdenton MO Jun 14 - Elk River MN Jun 21 - AtlantaFest GA Jun 27 - Paducah KY Jun 30 - Moberly MO Jul 03 - New Philadelphia OH July 06 - Elysburg PA Jul 13 - SonShine Fest MN Jul 1? - LiFest WI Jul 15 - Oklahoma City OK Jul 17 - Brownwood TX Jul 20 - Spirit Fest Midwest MN Jul 27 - Somerdale OH Aug 04 - Inside Out Soul Fest NH Aug 07 - Kingdom Bound NY Aug 10 - Bloomington MN Aug 15 - Cullman AL Aug 17 - Clymer PA Aug 24 - Canton OH Aug 25 - Oakdale PA Aug 31 - Tipton PA Sep 01 - Six Flags, Jackson NJ Sep 07 - Marion OH Sep 11-14 - Honolulu HI Sep 21 - Holland MI
God bless you all!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
1 John 4:10
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."