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Song of the Week: “Dark Horses” by Switchfoot

Switchfoot is back.  After a lot of postponing and uncertainty on the release date of their new album, Vice Verses, they’re finally set to bring us twelve tracks of new and awesome music on September 27th.  While that’s a bit too far away for my liking (tomorrow would be nice), they haven’t left us with nothing but a date.  You can swing by their website (or watch the embedded video below) to hear their brand-new and absolutely superlative single, “Dark Horses”.  It’s got a harder sound than your typical Switchfoot tune, but Foreman and company play it with passion and power and the song comes out bold, triumphant, and unforgettable.  If this is a taste of things to come, I’ll be eagerly waiting at midnight on the 27th to hand over my money.  As always, these guys deserve it.  Video and lyrics after the jump.

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Interview with the Newton Part One: Questions from Adam

I love interviews.  To this day, the interviews that I had the privilege to conduct with my friends Adam, Jay, and Robert back at the beginning of the year are three of my favorite posts since I started PostADay, and I hope to revive the weekly Pathos interview series soon (you can find those interviews in the “Pathos” category tab to your right.  No, down.  Too far, back up.  Yeah, that one).  Whenever I hear that someone I admire is being interviewed, I get all giddy and distractible until I get to read, watch, or listen to it.  For example, there’s a new fourteen-minute TV interview with songwriter Daniel Ingram on YouTube right now, and it’s all I can do not to watch it.  I have to keep telling my subconscious that if I don’t buckle down and write I won’t have time for either this post or  the interview before curfew tonight, but my subconscious hates logic, so he gets all huffy and starts singing “Friday” just to annoy me.

Speaking of interviews, a few weeks ago I made a post in which I asked you guys, the readers, to interview me by leaving questions for me to answer in the comments.  Two of you responded, so I’m splitting the answers post into two installments.  Today, I’ll answer questions from my best friend IRL, Adam Swensen, and tomorrow I’ll cover the questions from my best friend on the Internet, Tekaramity.  So now, without further ado, questions from Adam!

If you could go to either Haiti or Japan right now, where would you go? Why?

I’m not very well informed on either situation right now, but I think I would go to Haiti because it’s a more impoverished area.  Even before the disaster it was a bit of a focal point for humanitarian efforts, and now that they’ve undergone so much destruction and devastation they need more help than ever.

Chris Tomlin or Phil Wickham?

Wickham all the way!

Where do you want to see your life in five years?

There are a whole lot of things that I would like to do in the next five years, but I think the biggest two would be to publish a book and start a family.  As for where I want to be in my life, the only thing that really matters to me is that I’m a more mature person and Christian than I am now.  I always want to be growing, always want to be reaching for better things and higher goals, and as long as I’m becoming more like Christ He can take me wherever He wants me to go.

If there was one thing you accomplished in your life, what would that be?

I want to start something that keeps on making the world a better place and proclaiming the name of Christ long after I’m gone.  That’s part of why I’m so enamored with writing, because the written word can reach into places in both time and space that the author could never go and affect people that the author never even gets a chance to meet.  Ideally, I’d like to start a charity that reaches out to kids from broken families.  My family means the world to me, and one of the things that never fails to shatter my heart is when children are left without that love and support in their lives because their parents either could not or would not stay with them.  As long as I have the capacity to love I want to give that love to those who need it most.

What are your favorite attributes of God?

God’s patience astounds me every day.  He has been so gracious with me in all of my foolishness and selfishness, through all of the times that I’ve pushed Him aside and refused to surrender my will to His.  He’s always waiting to take me back when I realize that I was wrong, and He’s always working through my circumstances to pursue me even when I’m not pursuing Him.  I love that about Him.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook, but mostly because my phone really doesn’t cooperate with Twitter.

Favorite YouTuber? Why?

John Green.  He is a fellow author and the most articulate, passionate, thoughtful man on YouTube, and he often inspires me to reach for more as a writer and even as a person and as a friend.  He makes me think when most YouTubers are just out to make me laugh.  Not that I don’t love a good laugh, of course, but we need more than entertainment and John Green delivers that something more.

Recent music obsession? (Or what you have been listening to) Why?

The music from MLP:FiM Season 1.  There’s no official soundtrack released yet, but you can find a lot of the background music and songs on YouTube, and it is spectacular.  There are also some great remixes (Eurobeat Brony is the man) and even a few fan compositions that I enjoy greatly, like this one.  So.  Awesome.

Favorite Needtobreathe song? Why?

“Let Us Love” hands down.  It’s such a joyful song, but it’s not a clueless joy.  It’s the kind of joy that says, “I know that the world is broken and that life is hard, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give all we’ve got and love with all of our hearts.”  In fact, that’s exactly what the song urges us to do, and that’s an encouragement that we could all use.

If you could only see one band/musician in concert ever, who would that be?

Switchfoot.  Absolutely, unequivocally Switchfoot.  They are my favorite band, and I’ve heard that they’re unbeatable live.  I’d be willing to give up going to concerts for the rest of my life if only I could see them in concert once.

If you could hang out and talk to 3 people for a day, like well known people, who would those 3 be?

John Green and his brother Hank come readily to mind.  As for the third, probably Charlie McDonnell.  He seems like he’d be a blast to hang out with, and he’s already friends with the Green brothers.  Yeah, a day with the Vlogbrothers and Charlie would be pretty much amazing.

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Song of the Week: “Poparazzi” by Switchfoot

“Poparazzi” is one of my favorite classic Switchfoot songs, an anthem of discontent against the ubiquitous and frivolous fifteen-minutes-of-fame futility of pop culture.  It’s as catchy as the “ridiculous songs” it decries, but I don’t really mind getting it stuck in my head.  In fact, I’d take Switchfoot’s “Poparazzi” over Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” any day, because Switchfoot has something to say that’s worth thinking about, and they say it well.  Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave your suggestions for future songs of the week in the comments below.

“Poparazzi” by Switchfoot

This is a tune for the poparazzi
The who’s who and the so and so’s
This is a tune for the graven images
Of Marilyn Monroe
We saw your face on the magazine
We heard the song on the MP3

You’re stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
You can close your ears and your eyes
But the pop will never leave you alone

Leave me alone with your social mingle
You try so hard to stay on top
Leave me alone with your little jingle
With your picture perfect pop
We read the article in Seventeen
We saw your video on MTV

This is a tune for the late Nirvana
The teen spirit rock and roll
This is a tune for the velvet Elvises
On the 90210

I thought my eyes were gonna get off clean
Till I read your lips on the TV screen
You were busy saying what you didn’t mean
Now everyone’s singing along
With your ridiculous song
You got it stuck
You got it stuck in my head

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Trailer Tunes

When my brother came up for a visit on Friday, he brought an iTunes gift card with him, so yesterday we picked out some new music together.  My favorite of these new additions to my musical library is the album “Invincible” by Two Steps from Hell.  Now before you write me off as a metal-head I have to explain to you that Two Steps from Hell is not, in fact, a band of loud, screaming guitars and louder, screaming-er people.  Two Steps from Hell is a group of musicians that writes music specifically for use in movie and video game trailers.  Their music is sweeping, orchestral, and extremely exhilirating, and I’ve already listened to most of it several times in the 24 hours since I bought it.  My brain works kind of strangely, in case you hadn’t already noticed, and listening to all of this inspiring trailer music has reminded me of several of my favorite songs that I’ve always thought would make for fitting trailer tunes as well.  Every time I listen to these songs I can’t help but envision a preview for a specific type of movie playing in my head.  I even have the seed of a story idea floating around in my head for one or two of them, and sometimes I mouth the words that the characters would be saying in the trailer or change the speed of my walk to fit the mood and tempo of the music.  This has probably caused more than one person to get more than a little weirded out, but I bet if they were listening to the same music they’d be making strange faces and throwing their hands up in the air at odd intervals, too.  Either that or I’m hopelessly bizarre.  Or both.  Anyway, here’s a list of four songs that I think would make great movie trailers:

1. “RSL 1984” by Newsboys – This dramatic, quasi-autobiographical song from Peter Fuhrler may not seem like trailer music at first, but if you listen through to the chorus you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  When the music slows to a hush and Peter intones, “We rolled out the barrels, boys/and sang with a single voice”, you feel it coming like a tingle in the back of your neck, then the violins and guitars shoot straight through the roof and you’re instantly transported into the preview for a moving, nostalgic drama complete with a coming-of-age vibe and glowing critical reviews in literally glowing letters showing up at regular intervals and a top-down shot of the protagonist beaming and spinning around in the rain, hands outstretched to the sky.  Or maybe you’re just thinking “Weren’t the Newsboys from the 90’s or something?”  If that’s the case, I can’t do anything for you.

2. “The Fatal Wound” by Switchfoot – This song has been on my mind a lot lately.  It’s got a unique sound and feel to it, and it’s quite a haunting blend of minor and major, weary and hopeful.  I can imagine this one being in a trailer for some kind of edgy, serious, and heavily stylized movie that speaks of revenge and redemption and is set in a desert with two chiseled tough guys in the main roles.  For some reason I think the trailer wouldn’t have very much talking in it, it would mostly be grim and artistic shots like a bus driving down a dusty road with the antagonist the lone and brooding passenger or a panning shot from the top of a steeple down through a stained-glass window to focus on the rugged protagonist praying in a pew.  The only reasonable explanation I can think of for this idea is that I thought of it while on spring tour with the men’s choir, so we were pretty much always on a bus or in a church.  Either way, I definitely sized up most of the churches that I walked into while listening to this song with an eye for whether or not they’d look good in the trailer.  Don’t ask me why, I don’t know.

3. “Life in Technicolor ii” by Coldplay – I really shouldn’t have to explain this one.  This song screams “I BELONG IN THE TRAILER TO A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, TRAGIC-BUT-HEARTWARMING LOVE STORY THAT MAY OR MAY NOT WIN AN OSCAR!”  And yes, it uses all caps.  This particular tune is kind of my baby, because I actually have a bit of a story idea to go with it.  I won’t give everything away here, but it’s very touching and it involves magnets and a parking garage.  That all-caps screaming may or may not have been wishful thinking on my part, my subconscious refuses to confirm or deny that possibility.

4. “Needle and Haystack Life” by Switchfoot – Apparently Switchfoot is good at writing movie trailer music, because the chorus to this song would fit a light-hearted romantic comedy like a glove.  It’s upbeat and perky and uplifting and the lyrics are about as adorable as they come.  I mean really, read this: “In this needle and haystack life/ I’ve found miracles there in your eyes/ It’s no accident we’re here tonight/ We are once in a lifetime alive/ We are once in a lifetime.”  Are you feeling all mushy inside yet?  And if so, have you consulted a doctor about that?  That doesn’t sound good.

So there you have it, four songs that are just begging to be made into movie trailers.  If you work with a movie studio, I’d recommend getting the rights to one or more of these (also, I’m available to discuss the whole “Oscar-winning love story” thing).  If not, just leave a comment with a song that you think would make for a good movie trailer in the comments below, and DFTBA.

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Song of the Week: Something More (Augustine’s Confession) by Switchfoot

There’s nothing I like more than a little old-school Switchfoot to liven up a Wednesday afternoon, but when that Switchfoot arrives during a class it reaches a whole new level of greatness.  That’s right, during Christianity and Western Cultures 1 Dr. Bryan Litfin paused in the middle of his lecture on Augustine, right after describing Augustine’s garden conversion (read Augustine’s account in “Confessions” sometime, it’s incredible) and said, “There’s a song by Switchfoot that sums this up pretty well.  Let’s listen to it”.  He put the lyrics up on the screen, sat down at his desk, and played “Something More (Augustine’s Confession)” for the entire class.  I didn’t think I could possibly love that class any more than I already did, but I should have known that our crowd-surfing, globe-hopping professor had more up his sleeve.  I’m not sure what to expect for this week’s Friday Film, but with Santa Claus slapping heretics on Monday and Switchfoot today, it’s bound to be good.

All that to say, this week’s song of the week is “Something More (Augustine’s Confession)” by Switchfoot, a stellar song that perfectly captures both the emptiness with which Augustine wrestled and the conclusion that he reached: there’s got to be something more.  Enjoy the song, check out the lyrics, and don’t forget to leave your favorite songs in the comments below to see them featured as song of the week some time.  Have a great Wednesday!

Augustine just woke up with a broken heart
All this time he’s never been awake before
At 31 his whole world is a question mark
All this time he’s never been awake before

Watching dreams that he once had
Feed the flame inside his head
In a quiet desperation of the emptiness
He says

Chorus:
“Theres gotta be something more
Than what I’m living for
I’m crying out to you” (2x)

Augustine
All his fears keeping falling out
All this time he’s never been awake before
Finding out his old dreams aren’t panning out
All this time he’s never been awake before

But he’s mad to be alive
And he’s dying to be met
In a quiet desperation of the emptiness
He says

Chorus

Something more

Hey, I give it all away
Nothing I was holding back remains
Hey, I give it all away
Looking for the grace of God today

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Song of the Week: “Easier Than Love” by Switchfoot

Never has a song so perfectly depicted the downfall of a generation as “Easier Than Love”.  This song cuts straight to our souls and finds them emptied by our unchecked appetites.  The power behind these masterful lyrics comes not only from their unashamed declaration of the truth, that sex is easier than love, but more importantly from asking the question that begs asking: what price do we pay for disconnecting our hearts and souls from our bodies?  In a world where convenience is the bottom line and the consumer is god, “Easier Than Love” steps in and stops everything for four and a half minutes to beg us to reconsider, to return to a love that is true not in spite of but because of its difficulty.  I pray that the world will listen.

Here’s the link: “Easier Than Love”

And here are the lyrics (please read them, they will challenge you):

Sex is currency
She sells cars,
She sells magazines
Addictive bittersweet, clap your hands,
with the hopeless nicotines

Everyone’s a lost romantic,
Since our love became a kissing show
Everyone’s a Casanova,
Come and pass me the mistletoe

Everyone’s been scared to death of dying here alone

She is easier than love
Is easier than life
It’s easier to fake and smile and bribe

It’s easier to leave
It’s easier to lie
It’s harder to face ourselves at night
Feeling alone,
What have we done?
What is the monster we’ve become?

Where is my soul?

Numb

Sex is industry,
The CEO, of corporate policy
Skin-deep ministry,
Suburban youth, hail your so-called liberty

Every advertising antic,
Our banner waves with a neon glow
War and love become pedantic,
We wage love with a mistletoe

Everyone’s been scared to death of dying here alone

She is easier than love
Is easier than life
It’s easier to fake and smile and bribe

It’s easier to leave
It’s easier to lie
It’s harder to face ourselves at night
Feeling alone,
What have we done?
What is the monster we’ve become?

Where is my soul?

Ah, la, la, la, la,
(Yeah!)
La la la la la la la,

La, la, la, la, oh,
(Yeah!)
La, la, la, la, no!

It’s easier than love,
It’s easier than love

It’s easier than love,
It’s easier than love

She is easier than love,
It’s easier than love

Everyone’s been scared to death of,
Everyone’s been scared to death of,
Everyone’s been scared to death of dying here alone,
alone

[Sing]
Sex is easier than love,
It’s easier than love,
It’s easier to fake and smile and brag

It’s easier to leave,
It’s easier to lie,
It’s harder to face ourselves at night
Feeling alone,
What have we done?
What is the monster we’ve become?

Where is my soul? (Where is my?)
Where is my soul?

Ah, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,

La, la, la, la, la, la,
La, la, la, la, no!

La, la, la, la, oh

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Adding to the Noise

As I stood back and looked at these past few months of my life, I couldn’t help but think of a song by Switchfoot, “Adding to the Noise”. Here’s the first verse:
“What’s it going to take to slow us down?
To let the silence spin us around?
What’s it going to take to drop this town?
We’ve been spinning at the speed of sound.
Stepping out of those convenience stores,
What could we want but more, more, more?
From the third world to the corporate core
We are the symphony of modern humanity.”
I saw these words embodied in the way that I live. Go, go, go! Do, do, do! Listen, watch, experience! But what has spinning at the speed of sound ever given us but a headache and a serious case of nausea? What is it going to take to make us slow down, be quiet, step back and realize that we are burning ourselves out? Could it be that all of these noises that seem so pressing and vital are really just distractions, keeping us from the things we need and love? Roadblocks holding us back from our full potential? Switchfoot’s chorus makes a plea that resounds with my own heart:
“If we’re adding to the noise… turn off this song.”
That’s exactly what I intend to do. Turn off the songs, the video games, the movies and television shows and websites that are adding to the noise and make time for what really matters. Make spending time in God’s Word and in prayer a priority again instead of letting the distractions and entertainment pull me away. Stop procrastinating and start cultivating my talents and abilities. Starting this Wednesday, I’m going to take everything that’s adding to the noise… and turn it off. TV, computer, MP3 player, video games, shut down for one whole week. And I’m inviting you to come with me. If you’ve been feeling worn out or tired, step back and refresh. Take Jesus up on his offer: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” If you want to quiet yourself this week, leave a comment on this post so that we can pray for and encourage each other. May this first week of April really open our eyes to how much noise floods our lives every day – and how refreshing it can be to turn it all off and hear God’s small still voice more clearly than ever before.

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