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The Finale

"Dare You to Move" was the final song of the show. 

Or was it? 

It was supposed to be, but they came back out for an encore. The Fab Five all gathered together at the front of the stage, and Jon told us that they were going for an intimate, campfire-feeling with the next song.

This one was all acoustic; no one was plugged in.  

Jerome had his accordian (I think that's an accordian. It's an accordian, right?), Drew had his guitar, Tim had a tambourine, and Chad had the snare in front of him. Jon brought his voice, the others joined in with their vocals, and the whole thing was perfect. 

Like, I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

If you've never heard this song, stop reading right now and google it, or youtube it, or something. It's so good.

And the live acoustic version is beautiful. 

As he did throughout the entire show, Jon encouraged the crowd to join in. 

Don't they look like they're having the best time? 

I love it! 

And the show went on! Jon introduced the next song, "Ba55," (pronounced: B-A-5-5) and they just about brought the place down with the next performance. 

I use the word epic rarely, especially in this day and age when it is used so frequently, but this song and this part of the show? 


It is a really fun song to crank up, and I have. Our speakers get loud, yo. I turn it way up when I want to get stuff done. 

Lit. It. Up. 

It was so good. 

And then it really was time for the finale. 

As I've been looking back over my pictures, I've noticed how Jon interacted with the audience; sometimes it seemed like he zeroed in on someone in particular for some reason, he didn't hesitate to reach out. 

And this last song is one in particular that I think hits home for a lot of their fans. 

"Where I Belong" 

This is another song that you have to hear. 

When I listen to the words of this one, I think,"This is Jon Foreman's Revelation Song."

Feeling like a refugee
Like it don't belong to me
The colors flash across the sky

This air feels strange to me
Feeling like a tragedy
I take a deep breath and close my eyes
One last time
One last time 

Storms on the wasteland
Dark clouds on the plains again
We were born into the fight

But I'm not sentimental
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive

Until I die I'll sing these songs
On the shores of Babylon
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

Where the weak are finally strong
Where the righteous right the wrongs
Still looking for a home 
In a world where I belong


Feels like we're just waiting, waiting
While our hearts are just breaking, breaking
Feels like we've been fighting against the tide

I wanna see the earth start shaking
I wanna see a generation
Finally waking up inside

This body's not my own
This world is not my own
But I still can hear the sound
Of my heart beating out
So let's go boys, sing it loud

And on the final day I die
I want to hold my head up high
I want to tell You that I tried
To live it like a song

And when I reach the other side
I want to look You in the eye
And know that I've arrived 
In a world where I belong

I still believe we can live forever 
You and I we begin forever now
Forever now
I still believe in us together
You and I we're here together now
Together now
Forever now
Forever now
Forever now


And I wish the concert could have lasted forever...

This time it was really over, 

and I wish I had the words to express how wonderful the whole thing was. 

Just incredible. 

It's a night with Michaela that I won't forget until my mind loses all of its capabilities. I hope she remembers it too. 


"Dare You to Move" (a.k.a. When Persistence Pays Off)

After playing a new song (it was the second time they had played it live, I think), "When We Come Alive," Jon stepped to the mic and told us he was about to do something risky.

He went to the edge of the stage, reached down, and pulled up this sign:

"Can I play "Dare You to Move" with you? PLEASE"

Next thing, Jon pulled this young man up on stage and made his night. (Life? Maybe.) I don't even know this guy, and I was yelling and cheering like he was my brother, because COOLEST EVER!! 

The guys had one of their crew get him a guitar...

and we heard the story of a video that he sent to Drew in a tweet asking the same question...

And then Jon shared the stage with him; his name is Scotty Swingler, by the way.

And just for the record, he completely rocked the song! All of them did!

Jon went back and forth between playing his guitar too and just singing.

I mean, seriously? This was all kinds of crazy fun!!

All the guys were so great about it. They looked like they loved every second of making this guy's night. 

Aahhh! Jon Foreman is sharing! his! mic! 

Then he went to him and they did a fantastic rendition (?) (I don't know what to call it...) of this particular part of the song...

The crowd was nuts. 

And the final note(s) was (were) just awesome. It makes me smile just thinking of it. 

These guys are just so amazing. They truly seem to care about the people who have come to hold them in such high regard. 

I keep trying to put into words how great it was...

but it's hard to do. 

One of the things Jon says in the movie is,“If you’re leaving your family’d better believe in what you’re singing.” (I found this quote in an article that was posted on their fan website, so I hope it's right.) (It's pretty much what I remembered from the film myself.) The more I learn about the band members, and how they live with their celebrity, it's clear that they do believe in what they're singing; and the more I admire them and want to support them. 

Here is a link to a video that someone posted of the portion of the concert that Scotty was on stage. If you have a few minutes, it's really fun to watch! (I confess: I watched it several times, even though I saw it happen live!! Ha! It was just so! much! fun!) (Note: the quality of the video does not reflect the quality of the show live...they sounded even better live than the radio/studio versions of their music. I was blown away by the way they sounded, and it way exceeded all of my expectations.)

Scotty plays with Switchfoot!


And guess what?! We still weren't at the end of the show!


A Ridiculously Fun Night

So, a few weeks ago I surprised Michaela with a trip to Baylor University in Waco. On the way, she asked if we were going to tour the college; I laughed and told her no, but that she would like why we were going there.

I was right. Of course. 

We were headed to a showing of Switchfoot's upcoming movie and a concert to follow the film. And I have to be honest...I think I was just as excited as she was (once she found out what we were up to). 

Tim (on the left, the bassist) and Jon (the lead singer) came out to introduce the movie and then went backstage. We watched Fading West, which they describe as part surf-film, part rockumentary, part travelogue. It was pretty amazing. The film crew follows the band on a world tour, and they take along their surfboards and capture life on the road, in the water, and what falls in between. It was fun, and sometimes sad, and personal, and really beautiful. I told them later that I thought it was what every movie should be like.

Why yes, I did say I told them...because we got to meet them after the concert!! Stop getting ahead now!

After the film ended, the band came out on stage and, from beginning to end, rocked. it. out. They didn't play a full set because the movie was an hour and twenty minutes long, but I thought it was a great show (I didn't think it was a great show. I thought it was a [insert adjective that doesn't exist because there isn't a word to describe such a phenomenal music experience] show.), and still plenty long (they must be exhausted and so ready to get home). 

The first song was "The Sound," written in honor of and dedicated to the life work of John M. Perkins, a civil rights activist. 

The concert was personal and intimate. The theater was on the small side, so it lent itself to the back-and-forth that went on during the show. 

The guys took turns asking questions that were submitted by folks who were at the concert, and answering them, of course. One question and answer that got a lot of laughs was about advice: What advice did the band members have for these (mostly) students? Jon laughed and told them to stay in school, even though he and his brother dropped out of college to pursue their music career! He said,"Don't do that!" The funny thing is, he is so respected by his fans that I believe they will listen and take his advice to heart. 

The concert went on like that; they would do a song and then talk with the crowd a bit. 

And they just looked like they were having the best time.

Well, guess what? So were we!! 

They move around during the show, interacting with one another (the guitarists, anyway), and they truly seem to love what they do and to be very close friends. Pictures and words don't do the chemistry justice. You have to see it. And I recommend that you do! Ha! And take me with you! 


The show was already off-the-charts incredible...

And then something totally wild happened...