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Jon Foreman is the lead singer and guitarist of the Grammy Award winning rock band Switchfoot. He is also known for his intimate solo albums and his work with the band Fiction Family. Over the years, Foreman has become known for his honest lyrics, highly prolific song-writing, and his involvement in various humanitarian endeavors: Habitat for Humanity, The ONE Campaign, Not For Sale, Invisible Children, Life Rolls On, and To Write Love On Her Arms.

Switchfoot was formed in 1996 and has been making music ever since. This acclaimed live band has played thousands of sold out concerts, sold more than five million records, had more than a few radio hits, and have had their songs used in countless films and TV shows. Foreman's songs have been covered by a wide array of artists, from Taylor Swift to Cyprus Hill to, again, more than just a few, American Idol contestants.

Switchfoot's first self-released full length movie came out at the end of 2013. It's entitled Fading West. The film follows the band around the globe looking for surfable waves and inspiration. Switchfoot's 9th studio album, also titled Fading West, serves as a soundtrack of sorts for the film and was released in early 2014 on Atlantic Records.

This year Switchfoot will host the 10th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am, a music and surfing event benefiting homeless kids in the band's hometown of San Diego. Through his music and other endeavors, Jon is looking to communicate a hope for the postmodern era.

Entries by Jon Foreman

When We Come Alive

(13) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:37 PM

"Life is a concept, not a reality." -- Ferris Jabr

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

What does it mean to be alive? Is it breath? Growth? A steady succession of thoughts, feelings or actions? Scientists have no definite answer to the question. They say life is...

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Madness and the Crayfish Factory

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:13 PM

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved..." -- Jack Kerouac

Madness is relative; you could say that one man's insanity is another man's pleasure. The dragons that some of us are running from are...

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Hitchhiking

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Sometimes perspective only comes in the rear-view mirror, looking back on life. My journey into adulthood started a few months after I turned 20, recording the first Switchfoot album with a couple of friends. We had no real agenda -- just a couple of songs and a shared love for...

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Why I Refuse To Protest Protestors

(14) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Rock and roll has been my education ever since I dropped out of college. But not even college and certainly not rock and roll could have prepared me for what I experienced the other day. My band and I were in Oklahoma on tour -- hanging out backstage getting ready...

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Music Lessons

(13) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Nietzsche said "without music, life would be a mistake." And, though I've made plenty of mistakes in music and in life, I think I agree with him. Music has given me a language that words cannot. In many ways, my life lessons have been music lessons: the song has taught...

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Joy: The Fight vs. The Dance

(21) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 10:28 AM

I love dancing. Love it. Which is truly unfortunate because I am a horrible dancer. Nowadays I've limited my rug-cutting to weddings, bar mitzvahs and the occasional late-night bus party. However, when I was in college, I was a well established train-wreck on the dance floors of San Diego. Dancing...

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Shell Games

(31) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:09 PM

I don't want to play
it's a shell game

Conor Oberst

"Shell Games" was one of my favorite tunes off of The People's Key. It was a title that meant very little to me until I lost almost everything in my wallet to a shell...

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Vice Verses: Making Art Out of Tension

(17) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 12:58 PM

Last night around midnight, I was onstage playing tunes with a band called Fiction Family in a town called Hollywood. By 3:00am I was pulling into my hometown with an empty bag of corn nuts and a caffeinated beverage that once resembled coffee. By the time the sun was up...

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Making a Living

(23) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 12:03 PM

"Hate was just a failure of imagination." -- Graham Greene

Re-appropriate is a word that I stole from my friend David Dark. He'd stolen it from a guy named Jeff Tweedy. It's a good word to steal. In fact, of all the words I've stolen in my lifetime I feel...

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This is What Luck Smells Like

(23) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 1:55 PM

I'm in seat 40G on a flight from Heathrow to LAX. After a couple weeks of playing rock and roll in Europe this long period of forced silence is a welcome change. International flights have become a meditation of sorts for me. Solitude. Breathing. Thinking. Forced air. Prayer. My tray...

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Outside the Fences

(18) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 1:02 AM

Guilty Pleasures: the phrase alone implies a form of aesthetic righteousness. Your personal preferences (unique and subjective by definition), are kept in line by a higher standard of objective good (as defined by the community). The experts have agreed upon art that is right and superior. And in spite of...

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The Economy of the Garden -- Part Two

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 2:44 PM

Watermelons want to rule the world -- at least the two that we planted in our backyard. They took a long time to get started. For a while, they looked almost dead and we wondered whether they were going to make it, but gradually, the two watermelon vines began to...

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Replay: My Standoff With Florida Police

(42) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 2:49 PM

When I'm on tour, I try not to think about home too much. I write songs, write things for the Huffington Post, and watch a lot of Sports Center. Lately, ESPN has been running segments on whether instant replay should be used in MLB games. Blown calls like the one...

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The Economy of the Garden -- Part One

(13) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 8:25 PM

My wife and I planted a garden this year. This tiny patch of dirt has become a space where small miracles occur daily. The slow and steady growth of the garden contradicts almost everything about our fast-paced world. The constant rush of the freeway traffic nearby seems to grumble in...

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Q: What is the difference Between a Turkey and a Man Imitating a Turkey?

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 7:21 PM

Q: What is the difference between a turkey and a man imitating a turkey?

A: Only a couple of minutes: a turkey never breaks character.

I am in the Tokyo Narita airport on a nine hour layover. I should be counting sheep. But alas, I am pondering the turkey. And...

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The Living Blues: John M. Perkins

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 2:23 AM

Last week we arrived in Trnava, Slovakia, and played rock and roll in the town square; it's the easternmost point in Europe that we've ever played. There's a watchtower in the square that overlooks the stage. It's been there for generations, watching armies come and go -- the Mongols, the...
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The Dark Horse: Joan of Arc, Elliot Smith and Me

(14) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 3:47 PM

My friend Andy and I are eating Grasshoppers on the tour bus talking about our favorite 15th century heroine, one of the darkest horses in all of history: Joan of Arc. It's much less exotic than it sounds. Apparently Grasshoppers are now trademarked by Nabisco; they taste and look and...

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Possessed by Truth

(21) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 8:18 PM

I am in seat 23 E on a flight from San Diego to Dallas. It's a middle seat. I'm trying to remain composed and tranquil; I am failing. As far as I can tell the baby behind me feels about the same way I do. I thumb through the airline...

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What's in a Word?

(9) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Communication is a pregnancy of sorts. In a speaker's mind, a thought is conceived, then spoken, heard, and then ultimately gives birth to new thought in the listener's mental landscape. For example, when I say "tree," a picture builds in your imagination, a new life-form within your mind; a platonic...
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Compassion vs. Consumption

(16) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 5:49 PM

I feel a strange sense of isolation when I'm on tour. During the part of the day that I spend off-stage and off-air a gloomy detachment begins to set in. I watch the towns fly by on the side of the road. I call home from a new city day...
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