Alan Parsons Project
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In the Style of Alan Parsons Pro...
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The Alan Parsons Project...one of my favorite pop-rock groups from the 80's!! They were never as commercially successful as they deserved to be but they had some well-written, melodic, rock-pop songs that I really enjoyed. This particular hit received SOME airplay but was not a HUGE hit by any means. I hope that some of you know this song & can appreciate my version of it. THANKS so much in advance for listening & for your kind comments! Alex
In the Style of Alan Parsons Pro...
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A Modern Musical Adaptation of John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress in Serial Form APOLLYON: “Consider again, when you are in cool blood, what you are like to meet with in the way that you go. You know that for the most part his servants come to an ill end, because they are transgressors against me and my ways. How many of them have been put to shameful deaths! And besides, you count his service better than mine; when he never has come from the place where he is, to deliver any that served him out of their enemies’ hands; but as for me, how many times, as all the world knows very well, How I have delivered, either by power or fraud, those that have faithfully served me, from him and his, though taken my them! And so will I deliver you.” Champion: “His enduring at present to deliver them, is on purpose to try their love, whether they will cleave to him to the end; and as for the ill end you say they come to, that is most glorious in their account. For, present deliverance, they do not expect it; for they stay for their glory; and then they shall have it, when their Prince comes in his and the glory of the angels.” APOLLYON: “You have already been unfaithful in your service to him; and how do you think to receive wages of him?” Champion: “Where, O APOLLYON, have I been unfaithful to him?” APOLLYON: “Did you not faint at first setting out, when you were almost choked in the gulf of Despond. You attempted wrong ways to be rid of your burden, where you should have stayed till your Prince had taken it off. You did sinfully sleep, and lost your choice things. You were almost persuaded also to go back at the sight of the lions. And when you talk of your journey, and of what you have seen and heard, you are inwardly desirous of vainglory in all that you say or do.” Champion: “All this is true, and much more which you have left out; but the Prince whom I serve and honor, is merciful, and ready to forgive. But besides, these infirmities possessed me in your country, for there I sucked them in, and I have groaned under them, been sorry for them, and have obtained pardon of my Prince. “Then APOLLYON broke out into a grievous rage, saying… “I am an enemy to this Prince; I hate his person, his laws, and people; I am come out on purpose to withstand you.” Champion replied, “APOLLYON, Beware what you do, for I am in the King’s highway, the way of holiness: therefore take heed to yourself!” Then APOLLYON straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and said, “I am void of fear in this matter. Prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal den, that you shall go no farther; here will I spill your soul!” With that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but Champion had a shield in his hand, with which he caught it, and so prevented the danger of that. Then did Champion draw, for he saw it was time to stir him up! APOLLYON charged at him, throwing darts as thick as hail….it was all that Champion could do to avoid it. APOLLYON wounded him in his head, his hand, and foot. This made Champion give a little back: APOLLYON violently and with full force followed his work, and Champion again took courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore combat lasted for over half a day, till Champion was almost quite spent: for you must know that Champion, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and weaker. Then APOLLYON spying his opportunity began to gather up close to Champion, and wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful fall; and with that Champion’s sword flew out of his hand. Then said APOLLYON, “I am sure of you now!” and with that he had almost pressed him to death, so that Champion began to despair of life. But, as God would have it, while APOLLYON was fetching his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man, Champion nimbly reached out his hand for his sword and caught it saying, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy, when I fall, I shall arise,” and with that gave him a deadly thrust, which made him step back, as one that had received his mortal wound. Champion perceiving that, charged at him again saying, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us!” and with that APOLLYON spread forth his dragon wings and sped away, Champion saw him no more. To be continued…… Background by Mar Quill Pen by LoisRV (Click Here)