Jesus Rock Sold (parody of Detroit Rock City, by KISS)

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KISS was a giant musical influence on me as a kid back in the 70s. When KISS Alive 2 came out--with that amazing shot KISS in concert--spread across the entire center of that double album I was one-hundred-percent mesmerized. If you're a fan, you know that track one on that album was Detroit Rock City--and it's had a special place in my musical influence catalogue ever since! My goal with this song was three-fold: 1) I wanted to pay homage to the musicians who impacted my life in huge ways and played a significant role in influencing me to become a musician myself. 2) I wanted to honor Jesus--the great Redeemer--by redeeming the message of the song. The original song was about a kid who dies in a car accident (according to the stories I've heard) on his way to a KISS concert. The lyrics to Jesus Rock Solid proclaim the Lordship and majesty of the Author of Life--who will return some day to judge the living and the dead and usher in a glorious new creation. 3) I wanted to put just a little Pastor Brad spin on the performance--I think that comes through. I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. I hope it will totally Rock You Up for Jesus! Thanks for taking the time to read. .

A WORD ABOUT PARODIES
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.

lyrics

Verse 1
There’s a chill of fright – on Saturday night
Persecution—the devil’s got me in His sights
(1 Peter 5:8)

I hear His voice and it pulls me through
He’s coming soon, and He’s told me what I got to do
I got to
(Revelation 2:10)

Chorus
Look up! Everybody's gonna see His face
Not down! Everybody needs amazing grace

You gotta put your trust in Jesus, Rock Solid
Look up! Everybody's gonna see His face
Not down! Everybody needs amazing grace
(Revelation 1:7)


Verse 2
The hour’s late—not long wait now
When the trumpet sounds, I’ll be walkin on the Heaven road.
In the blink of an eye—the dead will rise
The King descends and sits upon His throne… And He says--
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55)

Bridge—Chorus
Look up! Everybody's gonna see My face
Not down! Everybody needs amazing grace

Instrumental Segue

Verse 3
They’ll all be there-both dead and alive
No place to hide---You know we’re gonna have to show
On that day when the King arrives
All the world will see—And everyone will know
For sure
(Revelation 20:11-15)

Bridge—Chorus
Look up! Everybody's gonna see His face
Not down! Everybody needs amazing grace

Guitar Solo

Verse 4
Here He comes, time to rock
Look above, you’ll see Him with your very eyes
He is God, we are not
I got to laugh 'cause I know it’s time to fly
Oh yeah, He said
(Revelation 19:11-16)


Bridge—Chorus
Look up! Everybody's gonna see His face
Not down! Everybody needs amazing grace

credits

from Storm The Gates (2016), released April 26, 2016
The original music was written by Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin. I composed the parody lyrics and added a few sounds for effect.

I created all of the tracks using Pre Sonus Studio One Pro and Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3. I mastered this song in Guitar Tracks Pro 3, using Izotope Ozone.

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