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WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

May 12, 2016 — Jon Foreman

ALBUM #10:
WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

 

 

WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH

Ironically, this album of light was born from one of the darkest times I’ve ever been through.  But instead of running away from the darkness, I wanted to meet it face to face. So I made a commitment to sit on a rock near the ocean for thirty minutes a day and wrestle with these dark questions. The darkness and I would argue every night. On the same rock, under the same stars: just the darkness and I fighting it out alongside of the uncompromising roar of the pacific ocean. And somehow, against that backdrop of darkness, light began to break through. These scars of mine began to turn into songs.  What are my struggles? What are my fears? Where do I find God? Or more aptly put- where does God find me?

Lately, he’s been finding me in the dark, sitting on a rock beside the ocean. And through these times in the dark I’m beginning to realize that “living it well” means something bigger than just pretending: pretending that everything is OK, pretending that I have all the answers. That living well begins by acknowledging the wound. After all, the dark wounds of our world are inescapable- the wound is you, it’s me, it’s humanity. The wound is Afghanistan, it’s Palestine, it’s the United States. The wound is our broken homes, our broken marriages, our broken hearts. The wound is Golgotha, the wound is the cross. But rather than running away, let’s embrace the truth about our broken humanity, and the truth will set us free! Let’s not pretend to be well- after all, it’s the sick that need a doctor. No, we are the wounded. Mortally wounded. Darkly wounded.  Do we really believe in a Living God who is our redeemer, strong and loving- capable of healing these wounds? If so, then let’s bring our darkness to him. All of it. Life is short I want to live it well.

The wound is WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH,

– jon

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  • BoymeetsZelda

    I am so excited!

  • Israel Martínez

    Ya quiero tener este álbum en mi manos.

  • Shermaine Fortu

    Waaaaaa! Been waiting for this one. Thanks for the update my friend 🙂 Looking forward for this one.

  • https://twitter.com/ninecent Vincent

    Finally!!!! Should I order now? Haha! Wwhhaaaa!!! ?????

  • Jude Tolson

    SO excited about the New Album! I cant wait to hear it all!!

  • ciclamaino

    shipping cost to italy are too much expensive 🙁
    34 $ the cheapest

  • wildlife94 .

    So cool! But shipping is so expensive for Germany – it costs more than the album. 🙁 Could you please recalculate those prices and give more options? 🙂

  • Gavin Guidry

    So I listened to the first two songs. I thought float was ok idk maybe I’m just not used to that after fading west but live it well and light and heavy are 2 really good songs 🙂

  • Travis Forbes

    Love both of the new songs! Float is a different twist on Switchfoot, but I like it. And I’m glad to see a song centered around the band’s motto in “Live it Well.” Great job, guys! Can’t wait for more.

  • Brenda Titus

    I’m so excited for this album! Thank you so much, Switchfoot!! My daughter and I saw you at Uprise Festival 2015 in September. I have always liked your music, but seeing you live really made me a huge fan! To see the compassion and care that you have for people really impressed me big time! Thank you for all you do. God bless. 🙂

  • Justin Ivie

    I like “Float”…different but the bass is a groovin’. I can see my girls rockin’ to this in the backseats of the car for years to come. You guys rock. Can’t wait to see you out on tour (San Antonio, TX).

  • Justin Ivie

    “Live it Well” is typical Switchfoot…which means AWESOME. You guys are all great musicians and you surf which makes you the coolest band on the planet. My 3 daughters love you guys. Keep it up!! Thanks for being a “light unto the darkness.”

  • Gareth Johnston Inkster

    I wish Jon would get back to what he’s actually good at and write some strong and creative melodies. The past few years have been so disappointing from these guys – all easy musical hype and no real artistic content – with few exceptions.

    From somebody who is capable of writing Home, Sooner or Later, Economy of Mercy, Redemption, The Setting Sun, Let Your Love be Strong, Red Eyes, Even Vice Verses had Where I Belong on it, then their B-Side stuff had Stitches, We are Bound, Connect with the Spine,

    I expect WAY more than Vice Verses offered, I expect the opposite of Fading West, and these two singles haven’t been encouraging to me.

    Come on Jon – Do what you do best.

    • Darius Rafael Sanchez

      I couldn’t disagree more. I thought vice verses had some of Switchfoot’s GREATEST melodies by far. Songs like Thrive and blinding light really displayed their continuous attention to the musical craftsmanship.

      But music is subjective. Everyone I know gives me grief for liking this band, but I don’t care. These lyrics and melodies speak to me in ways that no other music can.

      • Gareth Johnston Inkster

        Sorry, you’re right. I was too curt about Vice Verses – I’ll grant you that. And the two you mentioned weren’t the only other good songs on the record, for sure. I would maintain, however, that the creative spark from these guys has been supplanted by conformity. I used to be inspired by the collective song-crafting of these guys, and recently they’ve released just more overproduced pop noise.

        Having said that, I’m holding out for this new album – Light and Heavy is really cool, and some of the instagram snippets sound really cool too. I was speaking mainly of Fading West and the two recent singles in my comment.

        • Matthew Davis

          i have the new album, and the songs i did not think i cared for, suddenly sound great in the context of the album. I thought Vice Verses was their best album ever, and it might be. But the new one is top three to me.

          • Gareth Johnston Inkster

            I’m glad to hear that people like it – really. I just clearly value different elements of songwriting and production than you do, and this album really – really – doesn’t offer the same level of those qualities as their former stuff did. Most significantly I miss the consistently coherent lyrics that are not optimistic but hopeful, not just happy but joyful, melodies that aren’t often monotone or predictable, and chord progressions that are innovative and interesting rather than typical.

            This is, instead, lyrically, melodically, and chord-wise, a pop rock album – a good one, sure, but not what I used to respect them for.

            Glad it’s doing it for you though.

          • Matthew Davis

            You probably do look at it deeper than I do. I agree there are more pop elements , but holy water, if the house burns down, and a couple others are classic feeling Switchfoot rock tunes. To each their own of course.

      • Matthew Davis

        i don’t get it. why would you get grief for liking a awesome band like Switchfoot? They are awesome.

    • Matthew Davis

      i cant relate to your post. Vice Verses was probably the best album they ever released since Beautiful letdown. Fading West was very good too. The new album is phenomenal. The singles sound even better in the context of the album. The songs you have not heard are great, The best ballad they have written in many years in my opinion on the fourth track.. “You wont let me go.” I love Holy Water, and the the fun sound of “If The House Burns Down Tonight”. and “Healer of Souls”. There are some heavy songs on here too like Light and Heavy, which got better with a few listens.

  • Stephen Mattox

    This is beautiful message y’all; Im speechless. Please dont lean too heavy on all these suggestions from the comments, I love how yall try to change it up every album; follow your heart and write your story! 10 Albums of nothing short of incredible. Cant wait for July!!!!

  • FSU_BH

    Does the vinyl package come with a digital download as well?

  • Joe Scheid

    I’m willing to wait for the whole album. These guys have been pumping out quality, meaningful, Spirit touching music for over a decade. We can’t expect every record to sound the same. I like Live it Well. Not crazy about Light and Heavy, but who cares. What my ear loves, yours may not. Keep up the great work Boys!

  • Caleb Ramos

    Switchfoot, Congratulations!!!!!!!! Your Album number 10. I am a big fan, I love your music and I always love it. I am from Panama so I never had gone to a concert of you, but I wish one day I will. I waiting impatiently to hear the 12 songs of your new Album.

  • Kevin Qualls

    I’m a missionary in Japan with my wife and 4 kids. We don’t get to see many concerts. When our year long stateside was coming up in the summer of 2014, seeing a Switchfoot concert was on the top of my to-do list. While my family and I were at the mission center before heading to our stateside residence, I looked up the concert dates and places for Switchfoot shows. I couldn’t believe when I found that the guys would be performing at a venue not 3 miles from our stateside residence. I quickly booked tickets for that show and was able to take 3 of my four kids to their 1st concert. When the guys took the stage, this 42 year old man started crying. I was overwhelmed to be in the same place (not 5 rows away) from 5 guys I admire and greatly respect for what they do and how they do it. I LOVE Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome, Drew! I am glad you are all my brothers from another mother. Below are some of the pics I took at Venue 510 in Burleson, Tx on Nov. 15, 2014.

  • Andres Lizcano

    Wow! ¡Un álbum más! Felicitaciones por hacer muy buena música.

  • Dima

    Hi guys! Yay for album #10! Your albums have acted as a soundtrack for many circumstances in my life. I am very thankful. A quick sidenote. Your reference to “Palestine” breaks my heart. I wish you had said “Middle East” or something similar. Maybe that is indeed one of the greatest wounds. Palestine is a derogatory name (based on Philistines) created for that land and a “people” by the enemies of God’s plan of salvation through his only Son. It is indeed a political issue, as Psalm 2 describes. The “Land of Israel” is included as one of the three great promises to Abraham which includes the salvation which we enjoy as individual believers and offered to all the world – salvation by grace through and through. I am a child of Abraham/Issac/Jacob in the flesh and am a believer in Jesus by faith. I am not ashamed to be associated with Israel, and neither is Jesus. Israel has been – via the Messiah – and will be – the glory of the all the earth when God pours out His Spirit on the nation so that they will all believe in one day (Zech 12). Paul himself grieved over his people in the flesh and wished (if it were possible) that he might be cut off so that they may be saved. Thankfully, that is not necessary. In spite of all of their rebellion and 2000 years of diaspora, God’s love to this undeserving people changes not. For who is deserving after all? And who of us did not start as God’s enemy? Thank you for this opportunity to comment in your journal.

    • Philemon

      The True Israel is a people — the elect of God, a spiritual identity — not a modern nation state which uses and abuses the name. By the way, the region was named as Palestine by the Greek historian Herodotus, and in modern times the name was revived by the British Empire.

      • Bob Thomas

        Really??? “A deleted post” is #Where the Light Shines Through. Oh well.

        • SWITCHFOOT

          Hey! shoot! for the record we didn’t delete this… we love to let these thoughts live out loud. Please feel free to repost.

          • Bob Thomas

            Cool. Romans 11 is a fantastic summary for a launching point. Peace in Him.

          • John Trenter

            Rom 11+12 clearly advocates for the salvation of great numbers of ethnic Jews. I do not see how replacement theology cab be correct in any way. the Gospel was meant to go out in a certain order–jerusalem first, then on through Samaria and the nations. Paul was even prohibited from going to Asia until after a long time in Europe. God has set a specific format of how the Gospel is to be preached, the many Jews later. i do not see how one can Biblically separate ethnic Israel geographically and spiritually, both apps are correct. We often opt for one fulfillment when God has so much more for the world. Israel will always have a prominent place in God’s Plan of redemption and that includes the geo-political ethnic Israel. I believe that is true whatever your eschatology premill, amill, or post-mill. Bless!

            John Trenter

  • Adam Basta

    I honestly don’t comprehend on what light and heavy is all about, though the case of writing each song has more than just listening to a melody… It’s questions of reality on how we live, or wonder why certain events take place as well seeing beauty form in a world of chaos which embraces the spirit within me wanting to thrive and see more Christ fighting and flowing through his intimacy by saving us on where we’ve fallen, or are lingering by the existence of our past and present course on the Journey in life. Somehow after the Album” Meant to Live” was released was when The HolySpirit opened my eyes through your music in not giving up Hope, continue thriving, and embrace the shadows of my failures and fears.
    Bless you guys and the team that works with you– It’s been a remarkable Journey in ups and downs from the past decade; Thank– Thank you for your thriving passion in writing & sharing the wonders of Our GOD, Immanuel( God with us us) through the composing music he inherits upon you guys to wave a banner of His Love and a message that isn’t religious.

    • aron

      He wrote Light & Heavy for his friend who unfortunately passed away.

      • Adam Basta

        (scophed)… Gotcha– Thank you for clarifying.

  • aron

    I LOVED float. Awesome groovy sound.
    Live it Well felt like a too familiar song already for me.
    Light and Heavy is cool.
    Thanks guys!

  • Lady Floreano

    Hey guys I know you really love your job by reading these words! From Guayaquil Ecuador I do hope Our Maker sends you here one day and if not let’s continue living well friends! Heeeeeeee hugs and peace!

  • Emily

    you guys never cease to make good music 😀 (i personally think you are incapable of making a bad song) can’t wait for the album to come out!!!!

  • Theresa

    Both are great! My fav is Live It Well! Can’t wait for the rest of the album!!

  • Rakshit Nigam

    Your songs always inspired me every time. Your every record having uniqueness, and are exceptional with superiority. Been a great fan of yours. Eagerly waiting for the album to hit the stores in july!! 🙂

  • Stephen Hill

    @ Jon, great blog! I loved the new sound with “Float”, and appreciate the musical evolution of your music.

  • John Trenter

    Great intro to the new CD. This guys are really becoming the spokesmen of Christ to our bipolar world (and church!)

  • psmgamer

    I really like the song Float, it reminds me of from the New Way to Be Human era. Can’t wait for the new album to arrive.

  • Molly Kate Andrews

    I’m so excited to hear a new word from you guys! Following your journey has had such an impact on me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Anna Terese Kofoed

    I wish you guys would go on a world tour! I have seen you one time in Denmark in 2010. From that moment I became a huge fan. So please go ok a world tour! I would travel to see you guys again!

  • http://www.thecanberean.com The Canberean

    I don’t know how you guys do it. Live it Well, I hesitate to say it but, comes to me as an anointed song. Something God uses to remind me of his glory, strength and love for me. Thanks.

  • Mia Woods

    I am so sad I wasn’t able to see my favorite band live. Or while they are shooting for their mtv for float. I was in Ilocos that tim. I hope Switchfoot can come back here in Manila. I loved float by the way. I really loved the bass line.

  • Mojave Son

    My favorite band from my favorite city. Rock on!

  • Angela Stichter

    Amen to all of it… Life is tragic but beautiful… We just have to seek His purposes for it all.

  • michelle

    I love your new album. It touched my soul. Jon what I just read is so similar to my circumstances. I have a lot of scars and had been questioning why a God of love and perfection could allow so much pain and despair. And God led me back to Him his awesomeness and to you and your new release. It is my heart and soul put into music. I am a fan from way back in the day and thank you for continuing to let the light shine through. Your songs have helped to reawaken that spirit in me that was waiting in the darkness because of my confusion of just who this God is. He trully is our redeemer in this dark forsaken would. My prayers of love, support and peace are going out to everyone of you today. Thank you.

  • Ronald Hvasquez

    Realmente admiro esa banda, me gusta la buena música que hacen y espero que sigan sacando mas material por que lo aprecio. GRACIAS SWITCHFOOT

  • Hope Shick

    I have been with you since a new way to be human. I don’t know how you do it, but your lyrics reach the deepest parts of my soul. I have struggled with depression, and as a Christian, that seems like an oxymoron. All I can say is I wish you knew how very much your music has meant to me all these years. Getting me through my darkest times. Reminding me of hope. Thank you.

  • Hope Shick

    Oh, and another thing, float is the greatest feel good song I have ever heard. I am totally amazed at what you’ve done! Thank you for this gift! I’ll be seeing you guys in Pittsburgh in October. Looking forward to it:)

  • Katie A.

    We saw you guys for the first time at Big Ticket this weekend,and we were blessed to be right up front! Amazing show. When we got home, I looked up the words to Where the Light Shines Through. Having survived cancer at the age of 30 with the very real scars that come along with it, this song really inspired me to take another look at how God has used that pain to show me and others His amazing Love. Thanks for writing such thought provoking songs that teach us more about our awesome Savior.

  • Matthew Schantz

    This album was actually a pretty big disappointment for me. Instead of letting the “pop” style from Fading West be a one time thing, they decided to keep that modern theme going with this album. The weird part is that the pop songs are some of the better ones on this album (Live It Well, Float, Shake This Feeling). The only good rock song was Holy Water and I had to personally edit that one because they only went to the bridge once and that was the best part of the song. Bull in a China Shop is one of the worst songs I have ever heard. The guitar sounds terrible because it squeaks and grates on your ears and the lyrics are garbage. Looking for America feels awkward to listen to and they never let Lecrae really rap much, basic lyrics, and whiny vocals. Won’t Let You Go is the bright spot for the softer songs on the album and is quite frankly one of the best soft songs they have ever released.

    Overall, this album is below average as far as Switchfoot albums go. If you like their modern style of pop and want something fresh, you may end up liking this album. However, if you prefer their signature sound from Beautiful Letdown or like the rock songs from Hello Hurricane and Vice Verses, you will be disappointed like me. At best this is an uplifting album with some skippable songs and at worst, you’ll only add a few songs from this album to your Switchfoot playlist.

    In 2014, Switchfoot’s music started fading to the west. Now, the light of their good music is barely shining through.

    • Matthew Davis

      I personally feel its much better than Fading west. I have it as my 5th fav behind 4. Oh Gravity 3. Hello Hurricane 2. Vice Verses 1. Beautiful Letdown
      To me Healer of Souls, Holy Water, If The House Burns Down are all good rock songs. Shake this feeling is a great song too, as is Float. Wont Let You Go may be the best ballad by this band since “Your Love Is A Song” brilliant song. So yeah, not their best album, but its still very good. I like Light and Heavy after a few listens.

      • Matthew Schantz

        They went too many different directions for me, at least Fading West had a consistent theme and style. It’s true that the only bad song on this album is Bull in a China Shop but most of the songs here don’t sound like Switchfoot. I will be adding some of these to my playlist but I’m still hoping that the unreleased bonus songs will satisfy my thirst for more classic Switchfoot. Don’t worry, I won’t let them go 😛

        • Matthew Davis

          Yeah, there is hope as you can make a case that edge of the earth was better than Fading West

          • Matthew Schantz

            Fading West (song), Liberty, and What is Costs were all good enough to make the main album. I also felt that Skin and Bones was better than BA55 and should have been swapped out. I can’t remember if Edge of the Earth was also bonus material or if it was only released separately later. Maybe we’ll get these bonus songs + extra songs later! That is my hope that deserves an anthem.

          • Matthew Davis

            It was released separately later.

    • David Dunn

      To me brother it’s all about the lyrics. The music, the sound, the melody’s are all just icing on the cake. What my soul asks…Can I relate to the lyrics are they asking the same questions I am? Does God speak to me through it? That’s what makes this such a great album. I’ve been following Switchfoot ever since my Church days as a young youth grouper listening to Legend of Chin in an older friends tricked out BMW with a 3ft woofer in the trunk. lol. I thought wow this sound is like something I’ve never heard. I drifted from God in my 20’s. Still wrestling with apathy and knowing wrong and still doing it. But this album tonight just spoke Truth to my soul and I thank God for Jon and the band. Thanks for encouraging me to face my wounds, be real, and dive deeper than what society tells you. Amen.

    • KB

      Every brother has a right to his opinion – but I think you’re nuts. I’m as old-school a Switchfoot fan as they come (first concert was 1997), and I agree the sound is different, but I wouldn’t classify most of it as ‘pop.’ Is it more radio friendly? Yes, but that’s not a bad thing. This is a more of a distinct modern-rock sound akin to Imagine Dragons and the like, but still sounds distinctly Switchfoot. I agree with the lyrics on Bull in a China Shop, but I’ll give them one or two “meaningless fun” songs per album, but I disagree with the music, I think it’s great – and Drew is a master tone crafter, so I trust his experimentation on the lead guitar.

      I didn’t like Fading West much, it was VERY pop. I was scared this would continue that way, but I am pleasantly surprised and from the first 3 listens think this album is tremendous.

      • Matthew Schantz

        The album can’t touch Vice Verses, Hello Hurricane, Nothing is Sound, Beautiful Letdown, or even Oh! Gravity. It’s barely better than Fading West and that’s only because there’s more variety, not better quality. The rock is average at best, half the song are still pop, and there aren’t many stand out tracks. It’s a fun album like Fading West was but it can’t match the classic Switchfoot style from their best years. It basically sounds like Learning to Breathe but with a lot more production value added. That’s not bad in any way but it’s not the sound that I love and been listening to for years. There are good songs here but their last two albums have not been able to crack my Top 5. They should keep the pop tracks to like 2-3 per album and infuse more rock into it next time.

    • Peter Warnaar

      Am I the only one who likes Bull in a China Shop? It is so artistic prepared and well written. As a producer this just gives me goosebumps.

  • David Murphy

    Man, those words above…the dark times. My life goes on in the opposite corner of the US. I grew up on the shores of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. When I was in my teens and early twenties, I would often find my own conversations with God happening on the Pine Point breakwater. There’s nothing quite like the smell (and hint of taste) to the salt air.
    I suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery in April. Put me out of work for 2 months, I’ve just been back in for 3 weeks. I felt worthless and useless. All the while, I couldn’t even hold up my camera gear for ten minutes, so what I loved to do outside of work I couldn’t do either. I tried to launch a kickstarter for a fallen firefighter tribute project I’ve now spent almost 3 years on, only to watch the wheels fall off over the last few months. I was looking to finance 2 trips. One to Miami to photograph Miami Dade Fire’s September 11th tribute truck, which is Engine 3. In my hometown, Engine 3 was dedicated to my dad’s memory, a line of duty death rescuing a dog from an icy pond in December 1977.
    The second trip I wanted to finance was to New York to photograph the 15th anniversary ceremony, but after preliminary inquiries, the service is closed and their will only be a small pool of agency credentialed photographers that have access (Getty, Reuters, AP, etc…). I was also hoping to pay back money I invested from my family’s savings to make it happen. We made 2 trips to Emmitsburg, Maryland for the National memorial service and a trip to Colorado Springs last September for the International Association of FireFighters memorial service. At $4,000, it failed to generate even 5% of that number.
    And yet I have seen God’s hands moving through the project. I’ve met people who were one degree of separation from 9/11 firefighters. On layover in Dallas Ft Worth, I struck up a conversation with the son of a Miami Dade engine 3 firefighter who was honored in Colorado Springs after dying from occupational cancer.
    Now I’m just trying to provide for my family and recently looked at my life insurance and said to myself, I’m worth $99,000 more dead than alive. Hard thing to counter. What I’ve heard from Where the Light Shines through resonates so deeply, much like Oh Gravity, Nothing Is Sound, Hello Hurricane, Vice Verses, Fading West and Edge of the Earth before it. Thank you Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome and Drew for wanting to make your mark on this world. So appropriate that God timed this project to come out on the heels of the murders of 5 dallas police officers. Hope does need an anthem. Few are as gifted to pen that anthem than you.

  • John Trenter

    i don’t think I have heard 3 songs on a CD in a row as good as “Won’t Let you Go,” “If the House Burns Down,” and “The Day I Found God.” These are perhaps the best gospel songs I have ever heard, filled with grace and invitation and need to turn to God and void of the superficiality we often see in the “Hyper-grace gospel” so rampant today. I cannot listen to the first one w/o crying, I actually am so amazed and find the song so right-on. This CD blends metaphor with reality as well as any CD I have ever heard, including “Beautiful Letdown.” The subtlety and sublimity of these songs are magnificent and so gospel-driven, the inspiration of the Spirit behind them is crystal-clear. Kudos to all the guys in SF and I suspect John Fields and others also along with Jon. Thank you guys so much for this true work of art. Bless you all, can’t wait to hear the songs live next week at Sonshine Festival.

  • Chris

    I don’t want to start anything, but I would love it if anyone reading this would consider that Jesus came to do much more than die in the place of a bunch of perpetual sinners. How about instead, He cursed Adam’s nature on the tree and anyone born again (into Christ’s Spirit) doesn’t have to live in the curse anymore? Scriptures backing up the life-changing truth that we no longer have to sin is littered all throughout the new testament. And that doesn’t mean you TRY to stop sinning or anything. All that means is the more you follow Christ, get to know Him and fellowship with Him, the more the darkness falls away and you begin to live in the light as He is in the light. And sin can only fall away for so long before it’s completely gone. I mean, how big is your God? Isn’t He loving, powerful and even interesting enough to completely change you from the inside out? Is a life fully committed to Him really that impossible? Is He not your everything? The excuse of “we’re only human” was nailed to the cross. For it’s no longer we who live, but Him in us! And that’s when the real freedom comes. How can you say you’re free if you’re still bound to human imperfection. Simply accepting sin doesn’t free anybody. Maybe it fuels apathy, but it sure doesn’t set you free.

    • Christopher

      Amen Brother.
      I was a lukewarm believer for 40 some years yet continued to be a slave to sin. Finally God showed me my choices eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ or Hell. I chose wisely and for the past 9 months the Lord has cleansed me and se me free. I now put God first and I have seen my eyes opened more and more and anything I have prayed about with humility, I have received an answer.

  • Nikki

    Hello! This will be my second time seeing you in concert, but this time in Kansas City! My home town. I have a friend who is recovering from a motorcycle accident and am trying to do something extra special for him. I would love for him to be able to meet you all and have a great time! Here is his story written by his mother:
    Wednesday, June 1; day 28:
    Hayes Miller 4 weeks ago today at 7:21 pm our lives changed forever. I hate that this happened to you! Today you wanted to go over details but I kind of avoided the conversation. So I am telling you this way, so you can go back over it as often as needed and we can talk about it as often as needed. The other driver turned left right in front of you.
    When the police officer arrived at the scene he immediately called in LifeFlight helicopter without waiting for the paramedics. At the scene there happened to be an ER nurse from KU Med. The nurse contacted KU Med and let them know you would be coming and your condition before they received the call from the helicopter. You laid your bike down rather than hit head on. So wise! Thank you!! You slid under the car and your helmet came off at some point. You were unresponsive at the scene so the paramedics crawled under the car and bagged you until the car could be lifted off of you. They could not pull you out because they did not know if you had a broken neck or spine. For several days it tore me up that your helmet came off but the Hannah Mae said that she was thinking about it and if your helmet had not had come off they would not have been able to bag you under the car. The helmet you had on had a mask the fully covered your face. Moving you was not likely because of a possible broken neck. So it is a gift from God that your helmet came off.
    The hospital told Derek and Lee on the phone that you were stable. When I got to the hospital I was given all the information: you were in an induced coma; on a respirator breathing for you, Severe DAI (Severe Diffuse Axonal Injury),
    9 fractures in the head, broken nose, bleeding in the brain throughout; you went without oxygen to the brain while they waited to get the car lifted off of you, blood coming out of your right ear, you needed surgery on your left arm to repair road damage; punctured right lung; spleen was lightly bleeding, your right side was unresponsive; right eye not looking correct direction with highly enlarged pupil. Derek said your condition was a lot worse than he had thought. I remember him asking me if I understood what all of this meant.
    They said the brain swelling and bleeding would worsen over the next 48 hours. They might likely have to do a procedure to give your brain more room. The detective said they would not file the charges against the driver of the car for 48-72 hours to see if you lived. The detective told us he expected to get the notification that you had passed away. BUT your brain never got worse! Thank you God!!
    I put in one of your first posts about the call @ 7:00 am wanting permission to remove your spleen. You were prepped and waiting. The bleeding had gone from low to a 5, which was the highest. I just felt something was wrong with this (thank you God!). After I had a doctor and two other workers on the phone for almost 1 1/2 hours the bleeding had stopped. No surgery needed! This was truly God giving me that gutt feeling.
    I can not remember if it was Thursday or Friday, a neurosurgeon asked us to step out of your room because he wanted to talk with us. He told your dad, me, and Derek that the area of the brain that received the major impact was the personality, emotions, behavior control, thinking, memory, understanding language. And that you went without oxygen to the brain. I will never forget the words that came next “I didn’t know your son. But the son you knew before the accident will not be the same son now. He may likely not know who you are.” I had prepared myself for arms, legs, eyes or something else not working again. But being told that Hayes would no longer be Hayes, this amazing person with the biggest heart, mamas boy, lover of animals, smiler all the time, biggest fan of his brother, my go to person for deep conversations, the person who makes me laugh, love of my life, that you were not going to come back as you was the absolute worst thing that could have been said. I watched your dad breakdown in the hall and Derek had to leave the building. I thought I had died inside. But Hayes I only tell you this part now so you can see the absolute miracle that you are. Not only are you living, healing at a remarkable time frame, and the multitude of other miracles I have told you about through this last month…but the gift that we have been given that you are the person you were! I literally feel as if my heart wants to burst with joy! Hayes I have never told you this or almost anyone else, but I saw YOU were still YOU when the first thing you ever mouthed to me was “I’m sorry” and a tear ran down your cheek. That was my Hayes… thinking of someone else and apologizing for something he didn’t need to apologize for. From that moment on I always whispered in your ear “I see you”. So today as 7:21 pm comes and goes I sit here and look at you, you smile back at me and all I can think of is “I see you”! Your family has never been happier! I don’t know what “normal” is anymore, but I don’t ever want “normal” again. We give God the glory and pray others may see his mighty love through this journey!

  • Nikki

    Hello! This will be my second time seeing you in concert, but this time in Kansas City! My home town. I have a friend who is recovering from a motorcycle accident and am trying to do something extra special for him. I would love for him to be able to meet you all and have a great time! Here is his story written by his mother:
    Wednesday, June 1; day 28:
    Hayes Miller 4 weeks ago today at 7:21 pm our lives changed forever. I hate that this happened to you! Today you wanted to go over details but I kind of avoided the conversation. So I am telling you this way, so you can go back over it as often as needed and we can talk about it as often as needed. The other driver turned left right in front of you.
    When the police officer arrived at the scene he immediately called in LifeFlight helicopter without waiting for the paramedics. At the scene there happened to be an ER nurse from KU Med. The nurse contacted KU Med and let them know you would be coming and your condition before they received the call from the helicopter. You laid your bike down rather than hit head on. So wise! Thank you!! You slid under the car and your helmet came off at some point. You were unresponsive at the scene so the paramedics crawled under the car and bagged you until the car could be lifted off of you. They could not pull you out because they did not know if you had a broken neck or spine. For several days it tore me up that your helmet came off but the Hannah Mae said that she was thinking about it and if your helmet had not had come off they would not have been able to bag you under the car. The helmet you had on had a mask the fully covered your face. Moving you was not likely because of a possible broken neck. So it is a gift from God that your helmet came off.
    The hospital told Derek and Lee on the phone that you were stable. When I got to the hospital I was given all the information: you were in an induced coma; on a respirator breathing for you, Severe DAI (Severe Diffuse Axonal Injury),
    9 fractures in the head, broken nose, bleeding in the brain throughout; you went without oxygen to the brain while they waited to get the car lifted off of you, blood coming out of your right ear, you needed surgery on your left arm to repair road damage; punctured right lung; spleen was lightly bleeding, your right side was unresponsive; right eye not looking correct direction with highly enlarged pupil. Derek said your condition was a lot worse than he had thought. I remember him asking me if I understood what all of this meant.
    They said the brain swelling and bleeding would worsen over the next 48 hours. They might likely have to do a procedure to give your brain more room. The detective said they would not file the charges against the driver of the car for 48-72 hours to see if you lived. The detective told us he expected to get the notification that you had passed away. BUT your brain never got worse! Thank you God!!
    I put in one of your first posts about the call @ 7:00 am wanting permission to remove your spleen. You were prepped and waiting. The bleeding had gone from low to a 5, which was the highest. I just felt something was wrong with this (thank you God!). After I had a doctor and two other workers on the phone for almost 1 1/2 hours the bleeding had stopped. No surgery needed! This was truly God giving me that gutt feeling.
    I can not remember if it was Thursday or Friday, a neurosurgeon asked us to step out of your room because he wanted to talk with us. He told your dad, me, and Derek that the area of the brain that received the major impact was the personality, emotions, behavior control, thinking, memory, understanding language. And that you went without oxygen to the brain. I will never forget the words that came next “I didn’t know your son. But the son you knew before the accident will not be the same son now. He may likely not know who you are.” I had prepared myself for arms, legs, eyes or something else not working again. But being told that Hayes would no longer be Hayes, this amazing person with the biggest heart, mamas boy, lover of animals, smiler all the time, biggest fan of his brother, my go to person for deep conversations, the person who makes me laugh, love of my life, that you were not going to come back as you was the absolute worst thing that could have been said. I watched your dad breakdown in the hall and Derek had to leave the building. I thought I had died inside. But Hayes I only tell you this part now so you can see the absolute miracle that you are. Not only are you living, healing at a remarkable time frame, and the multitude of other miracles I have told you about through this last month…but the gift that we have been given that you are the person you were! I literally feel as if my heart wants to burst with joy! Hayes I have never told you this or almost anyone else, but I saw YOU were still YOU when the first thing you ever mouthed to me was “I’m sorry” and a tear ran down your cheek. That was my Hayes… thinking of someone else and apologizing for something he didn’t need to apologize for. From that moment on I always whispered in your ear “I see you”. So today as 7:21 pm comes and goes I sit here and look at you, you smile back at me and all I can think of is “I see you”! Your family has never been happier! I don’t know what “normal” is anymore, but I don’t ever want “normal” again. We give God the glory and pray others may see his mighty love through this journey!

  • leilanihaywood

    Where the Light Shines Through is my anthem. Loved this album!

  • Christopher

    Jon, please don’t despair. You are reaching people whether you know this or not. I am one for certain. Your lyrics and music may be born from the contemplation of the darkness of the world, but they offer the only hope and that is through a personal relationship through Jesus Christ. When I finally understood that “We don’t belong here”, and the scripture, John 15:19, I did understand better.

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  • Ron Dunbar

    well, we didn’t get to take the pic with my grandson, BUT got to take one with ryan(F O H ) on purpose because NO ONE ever wants to have a picture taken with a sound guy(tongue-in-cheek)!!. had some close friends who worked stage crew that got to see you up close for the very first time and they are still trying to process it all!. the concert was off the plate gents and it WAS a beautiful Soulfest night in NH. the new album is great my friends. it’s gonna be hard to top this one!. praying for traveling mercies as you hit the road. may hike down to boston to see the show with RK>

  • d3lees

    Love this album! I have seen Switchfoot in concert 6 times and each time is always the best. They are such an inspirational band. The songs on this 10th album are so good. It was a breath of fresh air for me. I really enjoy all of their albums. Thanks you guys for making music that is uplifting and thought provoking. Music should be enjoyed but it should also make us think. This album does that. No matter how difficult life can be at times I switch my I phone on to listen to my playlist of Switchfoot songs and times get better. Can’t wait to see you guys in concert again!

  • Ron Zudir

    You guys are my favorite band and a great inspiration to me, as a musician and as a Christian. Your back story of ” where the light shines through” is a really really, timely encouragement for me as I’m going through my own dark times and my own wounds. God bless you all. And keep doing what you are doing, in Christ! Thank you for all the beautiful songs!. God bless you all.

  • Lisa Harper

    Personal journey of hell this year…then moved to 3rd St in Encinitas, where I lived in a converted garage, for six months…alone. Trying to figure my way out of a bad marriage and a boss from another world. All along, your music was the light that kept me going. Spent time walking Moonlight, listening to the lyrics and then reading the intention behind them. Grooving to the awesome music and the unique soul to all of your albums. Thank you. Although marriage still in question and boss still challenging, your music has taught me about hope. I’m back in Chicago now, trying to make things work. Your music is always with me and I just wanted to let you know you saved me and I am forever grateful. Thank you.

  • Nayara Kívilla do Carmo Maia

    I really loved this text! It blessed me a lot!!
    You’re amazing with words, Jon!! Always admired you and your songs.
    I had to translate it to Portuguese to post on Fb, so it could bless my friends too.
    God bless you all, guys! My favorite band ever!! And please, come to Brazil again!! 😀

    Xoxo

  • Angela

    I can not tell you how much your new song “The Day I Found God” has meant to me. I was recently laid off and have been facing my own dark times. This song brought tears to my eyes and answers. I play it on my piano everyday as a reminder of God’s presence in my life. Thank you!

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