The Blue Herons – Go On

by | Dec 16, 2020 | Song of the Day

‘But I’m not going,’ said Barnaby Jack. ‘I’m running away tonight for good. And this time I won’t get caught.’ Annabelle whispered, ‘I’m coming with you.’ Her yellow hair, now brown at the roots, caught up in the wind and danced. Barnaby Jack took Annabelle’s hand and pressed something into it the size of a jellybean. ‘Hide this in your socks, and be ready at midnight.’  — The Light of Seven Matchsticks, from Moonrise Kingdom

In Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, a girl and a boy run away — Suzy from home and Sam from the Khaki Scouts — and toward each other. Among Suzy’s supplies: Sunday School shoes, several cans of kitten food and accompanying kitten, her lucky lefty scissors, and a suitcase filled with books about heros with magical powers. Included in her literary cache: The Light of Seven Matchsticks, a ficticious work of fiction that she reads to the Lost Boys of the Khaki Scouts.

‘Go On,’ by The Blue Herons, presents a pairing with horizons that are less limited than Sam and Suzy’s island of New Penzance; our friends can pitch their pup tent far beyond the beach of Mile 3.25 Tidal Inlet. Their melded minds can travel to the edge of the world, all the way to Heaven, returning safely within a capsule of their own creation.

We’ll create a place
Made just for you and me
Where we are free
Fly to the edge of the world
Where our past is gone
And we can be

You and me against the world
We can make it back from heaven
I know it’s true

‘Go On’ is bright, jangly power pop and there’s nothing wrong with that. I smile when I listen to it. I enjoy the contrast between the crisp, almost frenetic energy of the backing track and the measured, understated beauty of the lead vocal.

The Blue Herons are Andy Jossi (music and instruments) and Gretchen DeVault (lyrics and vocals). ‘Go On’ is one of two new singles from the group, the other being ‘In the Skies.’ The pair have put together an impressive CV: Gretchen is/was a member of The Icicles, Voluptuous Panic, and The Francine Odysseys, while Andy has planted musical seeds in The Churchhill Garden and The Serpent Garden. The current combination has the sound of a long-lasting enterprise of which we hope to hear more.

The Blue Herons’ music is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music. And be sure to follow The Blue Herons on Facebook.

Charles Norman is a writer and historian. His interests include music, the movies of Wes Anderson and Christopher Guest, and The Office.  Email:

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