after a long, rainy drive down the interstate we finally made it to norfolk. it’s become a tradition to eat at max + erma’s before the show, so we grabbed dinner at the mall before we headed across the street. we missed the opening bands, which is a bummer ’cause the Moses Mayfield cd is incredible. but we didn’t miss switchfoot, which was most important.
I want out of this machine
It doesn’t feel like freedom
This is my American dream
I want to live and die for bigger things
I’m tired of fighting for just me
This ain’t my American dream
– from “american dream”
great lyrics in a few of their new songs, especially “american dream.” it was a great show, they played the old, they played the new, they played the brand new [side note: i guess this is how worship really should be. great words have been spoken through music for centuries–in the case of switchfoot, only for years–and none is necessarily better than another. end soapbox].
switchfoot has an uncanny ability to bring people together, reaching out to something beyond ourselves, and they do it in the confines of a public venue. worship is “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity” and “adoration or devotion…shown toward a principle.” put those two together, and a switchfoot concert is worship — worship of God for those of us so inclined — but worship nonetheless.
“i want to live and die for bigger things.” this has, should, and will be my motivation in life. if i live on the edge and take a risk to do bigger things, in dying my life will be a reminder of bigger things. i want that.