Innocence Mission

Am thinking lots about my upcoming trip to New York these days. Most likely, I will be out on the East Coast for over 3 weeks. Oh, what to do? Where to stay? Who to hang out with?

Anyways, here’s a little tribute to Brooklyn, where I’ll be sure to visit because I’ve got some relatives living there:

Into Brooklyn, Early in the Morning
words and music: The Innocence Mission
recording: We Walked in Song (March 2007 release)


I like all sorts of music, but I grew up on folk, the stuff of my parents’ formative years. The acoustic guitar has an incredibly nostalgic effect on me.

Here’s a song by The Innocence Mission that I’m listening to these days, with plenty of full acoustic strumming and finger-picking :


Tomorrow On The Runway

Old days, don’t come to find me,
the sun is just about to climb up over there.
‘While my heart is sinking I do not want my voice
to go out into the air’.
Did you leave the darkness without me?
You’re always miles ahead.
And you’re standing in tomorrow on the runway.

Oh be the music in my head,
the air around my bed, oh be my rest.
Replace the small disgraces of
the times and places that I never really left.
Did you leave the darkness without me?
You’re always miles ahead.
And you’re standing in tomorrow on the runway.

Oh I want to fly, fly forward into the light,
be alive, to come alive,
on the leaf-bright Friday drive,
sudden horses at the red light,
turn around, see clearer ways to go now.

… is The Innocence Mission, who I heard about from Jeffrey Overstreet from the Looking Closer Journal, who I heard about from my friend Jason. If you are into indie folk, may I direct you here and here to sample IM’s music. Apparently, Sufjan Stevens is also a big fan of this group, so I’m happy to have everything connect together. For some reason, I take pleasure in knowing that I can be consistent sometimes. Maybe it’s my need to make sense of this big, chaotic world we live in.

Anyways, one thing I’m loving about this whole blogging business is finding people who share similar tastes, interests, and ways of thinking as my own. And because these people are also very different from me, I get exposed to new things and ideas, which in turn stretch and push me in pleasantly unpredictable ways (a.k.a “surprises”) that keeps this one life I have to live enjoyable and interesting.

Blogging has come to be for me an efficient and reliable way of obtaining certain kinds of information; depending on what I’m looking for, it’s one way to sift out the wheat from the chaff out there on the Internet. I think it has to do with the fact that there’s a thinking, respectable person behind certain blogs. Once I find someone that I respect, I find myself paying attention to his/her interests and views, although I may not always agree with them.