I don’t believe in coincidence or fate, but it was no accident that I discovered Switchfoot’s music. Reeling with emotional pain from an unexpected life event, I sought refuge – a hedge of protection from the desolate pit of depression. I had sunk into that rut before and as I teetered on the edge this time, I could smell the darkness, feel the cold. I had to move. I heard a song on Pandora – the voice was smooth, the words comforting, the beat penetrating.
No, I’m not alright. I know that I’m not right
Feels like I travel but I never arrive
I want to thrive not just survive.
It was Jon Foreman, the lead singer of Switchfoot, and the song Thrive was a track from their Vice Verses album released in Fall 2011. Talk about a hook – I was caught! I wanted to hear more. As I listened to the album I not only unearthed a bonanza of really good music, I found the kick in the pants needed to get past my problem. Through Switchfoot’s Vice verses I found inspiration, and a comfort that I was going to be more than just alright – I was going to thrive.
Every song on Vice Verses is golden – from the gritty, The War Inside, to the hauntingly beautiful Souvenirs, this album is pure genius.
Get the album – and do even better. See them in person. A guaranteed robust, entertaining, engaging, unbelievably energetic show that will appeal to every member of your family. We were blessed to see them perform at Kingdom Bound 2012, and again last week in Syracuse. Oh, and be sure to splurge and upgrade to VIP – you will be blown away by these guys – kind, humble, real.
It’s been a year since my serendipitous discovery, and I feel like I’ve come full circle. I give Switchfoot a righteous thanks for their music. No accident – it was meant to be.
“I know there’s a meaning to it all
A little resurrection every time I fall
You got your babies I got my hearses
Every blessing comes with a set of curses
I got my vice I got my vice verses”