Clues #7 & 8 for the New CD
Sun., Sep. 24. 2006 3:49am EDT
Our upcoming CD, "Wordplay" (due out November 7), features 20 parodies of classic and modern hits. Here are clues #7 and 8 to help you discover the identities of two more of the songs we're spoofing.
7. Somebody Sold Me
People often ask us why we've never done a parody about the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Actually, way back in our early homemade-cassette days, we did a Bangles parody called "Bought by the Egyptians" and we have another really promising parody about the same topic that's been written and waiting for a decade. That song, "Giver of Dreams," was originally slated for this CD, but we came up with a killer idea for a new treatment of the theme, so we put that on this CD instead. Joseph is an inspiration to all of us. Though he was mistreated, he tried to look on the bright side, and his faith didn't waiver. Being sold by our own brothers and then falsely branded a criminal by Potiphar's wife probably would make most of us a little hot under the collar. But instead of fussing and fuming in, Joseph put his hope in God, even during a long prison stay. Consequently, instead of pushing up daisies, he came out smelling like a rose.
8. Spread the Way (Galilee Beach Boys)
Back on our "Grace Period" CD in 2002, we did a song called "Follow Me," which had the Apostle James (son of Zebedee) talking about his impending martyrdom in Acts 12. This song is the sequel to that one and picks up where the story left off, but from the perspective of James' brother, John, as he struggles not to crack under the pressure or drift into despair. James and John were no strangers to shame and persecution, having already been chastised, imprisoned and beaten by the chief priests and temple guard in the past, and yet "rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name" (Acts 5:41). Still, there's no doubt that the martyrdom of James sent a shock wave through the church and the surrounding community. Yes, major persecution of the church had begun with the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts 7, but Acts 8:1 says everyone was scattered abroad "except the apostles." James was the first apostle to die, and he had been part of the "in crowd" of Jesus' three closest disciples, along with his kid brother, John, and the Rock, Peter. Now that King Herod had executed James and had tried to kill Peter, anybody was fair game; there was no gray area. This song has more than a historical application, however; it also addresses the age-old problem of dealing with the premature death of a loved one, even when you know that both you and they will see each other again in Heaven.