Her Name is Brio and She Writes About the Band
Sun., Aug. 6. 2006 2:15am EDT
O.K., Brio Magazine may not technically be a "she" but it is a magazine aimed squarely at teenage Christian girls. For the last 13 years, Brio Magazine has covered every aspect of life with the mission of "teaching, entertaining and challenging teen girls toward a healthy self-concept and closer relationship with Jesus Christ."
The August 2006 issue features a great review of ApologetiX:
High Voltage — Pop Songs Get Lyrical Makeover
by Bob Smithouser
I love the Christian parody band ApologetiX. They rewrite lyrics to secular songs in a way that's not hokey. What do you know about them?
Beyond being excellent musicians, this indie band (the Christian equivalent of Weird Al Yankovic) keeps impressing me with clever, biblical parodies of songs popularized by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jimmy Eat World to Toby Keith. They've recorded hundreds of them. I finally saw the band live last year at Focus on the Family's "Big Dig" teen apologetics conference. The scene was electric.
It's been equally cool getting to know the group's creative spark plug, J. Jackson. He's a great guy, passionate about sharing the Gospel. In fact, J. started writing song parodies as a way of memorizing Scripture. "As a new believer I was thinking, There's got to be a way I can remember the books of the Bible, the apostles and different lists and stories. Music is an extremely powerful teaching tool," he said. "You can read or hear something and it may not stick, but hearing the same message set to music really drives it home."
The thought of using tunes by Good Charlotte, Blink 182 and System of a Down to teach spiritual lessons may seem odd at first. But just as early hymn writers glorified God by putting new words to melodies of their day (including barroom songs), ApologetiX communicates timeless truth in a culturally relevant way
Thanks Bob, and we can't wait to come back to Colorado to play for Focus on the Family again!
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