FREEWILL is a Christian parody of Fastways 1983 hit, "Say What You Will."
Are songs on STORM THE GATES parodies or just rewrites (A.K.A. “derivative works”)?
According to Webster's dictionary, a parody is "A composition in which the form and expression of serious writings are closely imitated but adapted to a ridiculous subject or a humorous method of treatment; a burlesque imitation of a serious poem."
This definition describes perfectly the songs on STORM THE GATES. I did my best to closely imitate the style and sound of the original compositions and I adapted them to a subject that seems utterly ridiculous to many non-Christ-following people. The primary message of every song is the Cross (I.e. the redemptive work of Jesus Christ at Calvary).
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) While my fellow Christians will view this message in the spirit that Paul describes above, as “the power of God,” many will likely perceive the whole thing as a gimmick or uninformed, naïve religiosity. I’m sure many will view the mixing of secular rock music with biblical lyrics as ridiculous or possibly even scandalous. Others will find it all quite amusing and humorous. I know that before I became a Christian, I felt there was something inherently funny (cheesy/ridiculous) about a “serious rock song” being used for “religious” purposes. For all of these reasons, in my view—the songs on Storm The Gates are the epitome of parodied music.
We’re havin’ fun. We’re ridin’ high
We’re livin’ on the edge, free and alive
But there’s a cost, no matter what you say
You know you got to
You gotta pick a way—you must
(Proverbs 14:12, John 3:18, Isaiah 30:21)
Use your free-will
Your free will
Use your free will
No foolin’ around, No playin’ blind
You to got to make a choice, you’re runnin’ out a time
I may not know much, but I know enough to say
You’ve got to make a choice
you gotta choose a way—you must
You know the deal
You just gotta make up your mind
the love you know you need to feel
His love is here come and let Him fill you up tonight
(John `1:12 & 3:16)
He’s rich of mercy, for every need
He’s not here to monkey around he’s here to set you free
(Hebrews 4:15-16, Luke 4:18)
Ya, He can do it, You know He’s The Way
You know what you gotta do
You gotta pick a way —you must
(John 14:6, Matthew 19:26)