Jon Foreman's First Live Album| Posted October 03, 2021 2021 has been a busy year for Jon Foreman. Roll Tape: Live from Melody League Studios follows the February release of his solo album Departures (four of the twelve songs included here are from Departures), and the August release of Switchfoot’s album interrobang, followed by a tour with NEEDTOBREATHE. Foreman has described Roll Tape, which has an “unplugged” feeling, and some of which may have come from his livestreams, as his attempt to make a live album, his first, in a year when there was essentially no live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I enjoyed this new live solo release from Foreman, as I did his Departures, interestingly much more than I enjoyed interrobang from Switchfoot.
Below are a few comments about each song: Terminal – This song, originally released on The Wonderlands: Sunlight, was written by Foreman. The song, which builds gently, features guitar, some excellent cello, bass, backing vocals, and drums. Key lyric: We are, we are the living souls With terminal hearts, terminal parts
Flickering like candles, shimmering like candles
We're fatally flawed, we're fatally flawed Jesus, I Have My Doubts – This song, originally released on Departures, was written by Foreman. He has stated that this is a song that steps into the ring with God. It is Foreman asking the big questions at the end of a long, difficult season. It’s his honest attempt to sing into his doubts. The song features harmonica, guitar and cello. He’s been singing broken songs looking for the light for so long, but the pain goes on and on. Can God reach him in the silence?
Key lyric: Jesus, feels like the worlds in pieces I'm sure You've got Your reasons But I have my doubts Jesus, I have my doubts Side By Side – This song, originally released on Departures, was written by Foreman. The easy-going love song features Madison Cunningham. The song features acoustic guitar and bass. Foreman’s and Cunningham’s voices blend well. They are as different as snowflakes, but side by side they start to melt into something wonderful. Foreman has said that the song is an attempt to sing out the truth against a backdrop of his fears and doubts.
Key lyric: Oh, the irony, friends and enemies We'll all be buried side-by-side A Place Called Earth – This song, originally released on Departures, was written by Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman and Lauren Daigle. The song features guitar, piano, bass and light percussion.
Key lyric: Oh, how I long for Heaven in a place called Earth Where every son and daughter would know their worth Where all the streets resound with thunderous joy Southbound Train – This song, which samples Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, was originally released on Fall, was written by Foreman. The song features guitar, harmonica and cello. Key lyric: So, I'm looking out the window And I'm drifting off to sleep
With my face pressed up against the pane
With the rhythm of my heart
And the ringing in my ears
It's the rhythm of the southbound train Red and Gold – This song, originally released on Departures, was written by Foreman. The song was inspired as Foreman was on a hill in San Diego watching the sun go down and the car lights on the freeway below. The city glows, the traffic and rushing, of thirsty souls, hungry for meaning and love. The song features drums, bass, harmonica, guitar, and backing vocals.
Key lyric: So, hold your faith, you're not alone here Stay your pace, you're almost home We're on our way, we're on our way home Resurrect Me – This rocker, originally released on Summer, was written by Foreman. The song features bass and guitar, harmonica, and an excellent vocal.
Key lyric: Father Time steals our days, like a thief There's no price that I wouldn't pay to get some relief
I've become an empty shell
Of a man I don't like so well
I am a living, breathing hell
Come on and resurrect me The Cure for Pain – This song, originally released on Fall, was written by Foreman. The song features guitar, cello, bass and drums.
Key lyric: And heaven knows, heaven knows I tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord, to suffer like You do
It would be a lie to run away Only Hope – This song, originally released on Switchfoot’s album New Way to Be Human, was written by Foreman. The song features cello, guitar, bass and drums.
Key lyric: So, I lay my head back down And I lift my hands and pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You're my only hope Inheritance - This love song, originally released on The Wonderlands: Dawn, was written by Foreman. The song features guitar, bass, keys, and drums. Key lyric: Your heart is a work of art I wanna be rich in memories not money
Our love is our inheritance honey Your Love is Strong – This song, which samples the Lord’s Prayer, originally released on Spring, was written by Foreman. The song features guitar, keys, bass, backing vocals, and light percussion.
Key lyric: Two things You told me That You are strong and You love me It Is Well With My Soul – This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford and Philip Bliss. Foreman sings the song accompanied by acoustic guitar.
Key lyric: Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. A Place Called Earth – This version of the song was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium and features Lauren Daigle on vocals. The song features guitar, backing vocals and bass. Best songs:
Jesus, I Have My Doubts
A Place Called Earth (Live from the Ryman Auditorium)