Through the course of making this album and experiencing the changing world, we saw our drummer return safe from Iraq live and well, and I was allowed to write with my best friends. We wrote songs about love, hate, anger, and sorrow, realizing the core and fragile state we can exist in. We have all suffered and lost, and equally we have lived and loved. I saw people dear to me pass into peace, and some were at peace the moment we met. As the experience and directions seemed so varied, I remembered a single phrase from a town I once lived in, \"Semper Sursum.\" The spirit to endure and persist no matter what is thrown your way. To continue on and have heart of great magnitude. It means \"Always Rising.\" This wasn\'t about writing popular songs or even caring if it got finished, it was only about...\"Semper Sursum.\"