Tuesday Tunes – “Before Our Time” by Jon Foreman

It’s been a busy week for Jon Foreman. The Switchfoot frontman celebrated a birthday on Thursday, released Dawn, the final EP of The Wonderlands project, on Friday, and over the weekend, he played more shows than hours in a day, potentially breaking a Guinness world record.

“Before Our Time” is the last song on Dawn. The track features Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour) and it’s a joyful conclusion to the series of four EPs, which have tackled some weighty subject matter, particularly on Shadows and Darkness. It’s a song about embracing the time we’ve been given and making the most of life while we can.

In addition to being an illusion and a curse, time is also sacred. We don’t know how much of it we have left. We’re alive now, so let’s live now. Think of something you’ve always wanted to do. Is it scaling Mount Everest? Traveling to Greece? Starting a band? Do it.

Our time is now.

*Fun fact: Another version of this song, called “Our Time is Now,” appears on Amy Grant’s 2013 album How Mercy Looks From Here. Foreman co-wrote it along with Grant and Marshall Altman.

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