A few weekends ago, my wife and I went to Appleton, Wisconsin with four friends (two other couples) for a youth conference. Three of them were leading worship for the conference, as well as opening the evening concert featuring the band Switchfoot.
We arrived at the venue for sound check, walked in the back door, and who was the first person we ran into?
“Hi, I’m John.”
I was surprised how humble and approachable Jon was. He didn’t try to avoid us or act like he didn’t see us.
Throughout the evening, we got to talk with some of the guys from Switchfoot. It was awesome to learn more about their journey and hear some of their stories. Two things stuck out to me particularly as we talked:
Create every day. As we talked with Switchfoot keys player Jerome Fontamillas, we learned that Jonathan foreman writes a song every day.
Jon writes a song every day, and the band writes a lot of their music on the road together. While at the conference, the band was in their green room writing and recording songs. A lot of the songs that they’ve written haven’t been even been released (Jerome said that some of his favorite songs are unreleased ones). Creating every day is one reason Switchfoot and Jon Foreman have so many hit songs, including the double-platinum album The Beautiful Letdown.
Being light in dark places is easier when you do it together.
The members of Switchfoot are Christians with a very close brotherhood amongst each other. Jerome shared with us some of their experiences, and said something that really stuck out to me:
You know, we’re called to be light in darkness, and that’s a lot easier to do when you do it together.”
Create everyday, and pursue God’s Kingdom on earth together.
Two valuable lessons from Switchfoot.