Switchfoot and “Fading West”


About a week or so, I watched on Netflix Instant Streaming the documentary Fading West.  The documentary was on the band Switchfoot and their world tour/recording of their latest album, which is appropriately titled Fading West.  Switchfoot (for those that may not know) is a rock band that has been going since the mid/late 90s.  They are also Christians so their faith direct their lives and their music.

I was introduced to their music while in college.  My best friend (and one of my roommates), had one of their albums playing one time in his room while working on an assignment.  I listened to it and thought it was cool and went to pick it up myself and have been a fan of the band ever since.

So during the film while the band is in the middle of their world tour, they received some tough news.  Jon Foreman, the lead singer and guitarist, found out that his daughter was in the hospital and was going to need surgery.  After some time in prayer and talking with the rest of the band, he decided to catch a plane back to the U.S. and be with his family while the rest of the band would continue on the tour.  While on his way to the airport, Jon narrates and said this quote that really stuck out to me:

“Faith is to say ‘Yes, the future will have pain, but there is a meaning and a purpose deeper than that pain.’ For me, that is my choice to believe rather than doubt.”

If you get a chance, I would recommend watching this film.  It’s a great look into what the band is about and the individuals that make up the band.

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