This Morning is Slightly Different


I start my mornings with The Rising by Bruce Springsteen. It's a great get up and begin your day right, album. It's my check in with my own personal faith. I get such a feeling of empowerment after listening to it, and end ready to do anything.

But the ten second rule is still on. I’ve been listening to it for more than a week now, and only this week on my way to Oxford, Mississippi did I realize that one particular song, “Into the Fire,” is about the firefighters and heroes that gave their lives in the World Trade Center.

And when I understood the lyrics, I was so moved, wet facial things started to happen.

The sky was falling and streaked with blood
I heard you calling me, then you disappeared into the dust
Up the stairs, into the fire
Up the stairs, into the fire
I need your kiss, but love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs, into the fire

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May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love

Now I’m asking myself, what am I doing? How can I be doing so little with my life? Giving such small amounts. Why are my dreams so self involved? These lyrics just blow me away and I remember being moved to tears at Pac Bell Park when we first got to our seats and I saw the passion in his face as he was singing The Promised Land.

Yes, all this driving time has me turned into the complete mushball. After I am done getting up for my day with Bruce, I spend an hour learning French by cd.

Today, I’m starting my morning with some dice at Sam’s Town in Tunica. I couldn’t resist a dabble. And then, before I get back into the car to listen to The Rising, I’m going to see if I have a cd with Badlands. This song has a lot to say, and I need to live with this much soul. Hey Sean, you there? This was the song at the concert that I wanted to give you the words to. I thought you’d love it.

People have been amazed that I’m doing this trip alone, especially for the driving part. Pishaw I say, the driving is the easiest part. I’ve got tonnes of time to think about how I can be a better person. Now you’ve got a slice of it.