Is Switchfoot the best rock group to inspire your deliberate creation? If you haven’t listened to their music, give them a try and see if you agree that their songs set the mood for creating a more pleasing personal reality.
Switchfoot began as a Christian rock group in 1996 and, after releasing three CDs aimed at that audience, began to market themselves more broadly. The members of Switchfoot voice disagreement about the label “Christian rock band”, however. “For us, it’s a faith, not a genre,” frontman Jon Foreman says. “We’ve always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us ‘Christian rock’ tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them, and that’s not what we’re trying to do. Music has always opened my mind—and that’s what we want”.
Writer Andrew Beaujon, of Spin Magazine, says that “their lyrics often have two different meanings, one meaning for a Christian audience and one meaning for the rest of us. They try to relate to two different groups of people at once.”
We Are Spiritual Beings Having a Physical Experience
One of Switchfoots recurring lyrical themes is that we are not material beings and that the material aspects of life are not what’s most important or most real. In their song, “4:12” from the CD, “Oh! Gravity”, Foreman sings:
“You’re waiting tables and parking cars
You’ve been selling cell phones at the shopping mall
And you began to believe that all you are is material
Or, as sung, in their song, “Rise Above It”, from the CD, “Vice Verses”:
“I don’t care what they’re telling me
We could be what we want to be”
This theme is consistently found throughout their work; the Christian themes are easily identified in Switchfoot’s songs, yet the listener is also able to glean a definitive spiritual message from them as well – devoid of specific religious proselytizing. The primacy of our non-physical energy is front and center on many of Switchfoot’s songs.
Switchfoot Can Uplift Your Outlook and Inspire Your Creative Abilities
Additionally, Switchfoot tends to write very uplifting and optimistic songs. Not just because they write about love, forgiveness, the choices we have with our perspectives, and the importance of our beliefs, but also because their take on subjects such as loss and pain are usually treated with a deliberate creator’s approach.
Switchfoot’s songs usually stress that, since we do not hold the perspective to define our life’s circumstances definitively, there is no need to despair or give up in the aftermath of seemingly bad events. Their songs also encourage the listener to look for the inherent blessings in any situation, espousing the belief that if we look for ways to be grateful for our present circumstances, we will usually find things to be grateful for.
As Jon Foreman sings on “Always” from the CD, “Hello Hurricane”:
“Every breath is a second chance.”
Give Switchfoot a listen and see if you are inspired both by their upbeat musical arrangements and their introspective lyrics. And please share your picks for bands that can inspire deliberate creators.