This christ is a Christian parody of Quiet Riot's smash-hit, "Metal Health< from the early 1980s. The original was about metal music drving us mad. My parody is about the person and teachings of Jesus filling us with joy, peace and purpose in life.
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.
I was an, evil chooser, selfish boozer
Thought I was cool but I was just a big loser
Fried brains, in chains
My crazy livin’ drove me insane.
(1 Timothy 1:15)
Now I’m a revelator, peace maker
I’m rockin hard for the universe creator!
I’m jammin’louder. On Jesus-power.
I'm gonna rock you till the morning hour
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
I can make your life brand new
Abundant life I’ll give to you
(Ephesians 2:4-5, John 10:10)
Well I been rejuvenated, initiated
I can’t wait to be recreated
He’s a finder and I’m a seeker
No need to worry He’s a promise keeper
(Colossians 2:13, Luke 19:10, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55)
He’s got the poise, to make some noise
He’ll turn your life around -- and help you enjoy it
He’s coming back, Join the pack
Here we go now, There's no turning back
(Matthew 28:18, Romans 14:17, 2 Thessalonians 2:1)
Jesus came to reconcile us
Jesus came to make us new
Jesus’s love is what we all need.
He came for me and you, Ya
(2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
I’ll wake the dead
We all need His love
From up above
Ya Jesus said
He said he’d I’ll wake the dead
You know that we all need His love
(Ephesians 3:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya
Oh… lift up your hands tonight!
Oh, Cause you know that Jesus can make it right!