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NeedtoBreathe, Seabird, Jon Foreman

NeedtoBreathe, Seabird, Jon Foreman

I’ve had some pretty great guests on my radio show (see bio at the bottom to listen) in the last week. Thought you would enjoy the interviews & live performances.  Just click on the image to get the interview & live performances: 

Me with the guys from NeedtoBreathe. They played “Washed by the Water” (in amazing 4 part harmony) as well as “Streets of Gold” live on Shine.FM. Wierd note: if you have their album “The Heat,” the song on there called “Yahweh” was actually inspired by an interview I did with Blue Like Jazz author Don Miller.  

The guys from Seabird are good dudes.  Because of some scheduling issues, they got into town without a place to stay.  I invited them to crash at my house, since my roommates were gone and I had two spare bedrooms.  They got there before I did, and were harrased by my elderly neighbor, who thought they were “digging in the yard.” (Actually, they were sitting on the porch tapping into the wireless internet).


Jon Foreman (lead singer, Switchfoot) dropped by my show to talk about his 4 solo EP’s, and was gracious enough to lay down an acoustic version of “Your Love is Strong.”  By the way, Shine.FM had Switchfoot in two months ago.  After the show, Jon showed up at Moon Monkey Coffee Company in Bourbonnais, IL for an hour and a half.  See the video here. After that, I he and I had a pretty long conversation about books, and I wound up giving him my out of print copy of “Nebraska” by Ron Hansen, because it reminded me of Jon’s lyrics (lots of trains & stars).  

tower can be heard from 2-6pm weekdays on 89.7 Shine.FM in Chicago and streaming online, and from 6-10pm on 101.7 the Fuse in Saginaw, Michigan.  In addition to his work with Relevant, he also contributes to Shore Magazine, which you can pick up in Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and Michigan.  On August 2nd, he will compete in the first 2/3 of the Ironman race in Sonoma County, CA (2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike).  He blogs, and is fiercly proud of his hometown of Fishhook, IL (population: 37).

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