I’ve not stopped listening to Switchfoot’s new set, Vice Verses since the album was released this past Tuesday. The sheer honesty and reflection from one particular song, Thrive, falls in line with a chapter I just finished from my upcoming novel, The Wedding and Disaster of Felona Mabel.

No, I’m not alright
I know that I’m not right
A steering wheel doesn’t mean you can drive
A warm body doesn’t mean I’m alive

No, I’m not alright
I know that I’m not right
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive.

vice verses

Today, my buds, Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome and Drew (collectively known as Switchfoot) have released Vice Verses, their 8th studio album. The thematic core of Vice Verses is that “every blessing comes with a set of curses” and according to them, this idea is the polarity of life.

I’ve made my mistakes
I’ve seen my heart cave in
I got my scars
I’ve been to hell and back again