Although addiction is a very common human experience, it's also an uncomfortable one. The process is messy, complicated, disquieting to sit with. That makes it easy to default to wrapping it up in a varnished, shined-up narrative of linear healing: "addicted" to "better." But that is simply not the process most of us live. That's why we need songs like "Sober" from Seventh Day Slumber.
No matter what life throws our way, this song and that moment serve to remind me that we are all beautiful in the eyes of our creator and to look for beautiful moments and things around us.
In the 11th issue of the Pure Rock Report, Mary Nikkel spoke with David Zach of Remedy Drive about the coronavirus crisis, social distancing, and how songs are serving as beacons of community and hope.
We're honored to share this guest feature from Rock On Purpose lead contributor Matt Durlin's son.
Nothing More taught and empowered me to bleed the anger and bitterness and process through it. They called injustice out for what it was. They screamed for me. They shared my broken spirit. I learned to feel again through them after years of being told not to.
If you’ve ever been to our house in the past 20 years, you might have noticed this picture on the bookshelf in our computer room. Who is that strange man in what looks like a “family portrait” with my wife Lisa and our kids, Chris and Catie? That man is Brian Healy of Dead Artist [...]
Switchfoot presented the tour as a way to thank their fans for more than 20 years of music. Really, it also ultimately served as proof of why this group can easily fill out auditoriums after over two decades. The songs cast a little light on the things that survive the shipwrecks, the things that outlast the storms: love, hope, redemption, melody, community. The resilience of those things through all the worst chapters we live is truly a joy invincible.
In honor of a decade of Innocence & Instinct, the Rock On Purpose team reflected on a few of their personal favorites from this milestone record.
Meeting Josh and Lacey Sturm and seeing a live performance after all these years of listening to and following the music and ministry was such an incredible experience. I would encourage anyone who hasn't to get out to a live show-- it is a spiritually and emotionally awakening experience.
Contributor Sharayah Franklin reflects back on the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is the Jesus Freak Cruise.