The Innocence Mission

I believe that if my husband and I were limited to one choice of music for the rest of our lives that choice would unequivocally rest on The Innocence Mission.  We have very broad musical tastes: 1960’s samba, early English church music, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, classic bluegrass, and a hundred things in between.  But nothing else touches our souls like the songs of Don and Karen Peris.  A poet in her own right, Karen has a way of expressing things that we never dreamt anyone else had felt.  Hearing Befriended for the first time I had a strange sense of exposure, like someone had drawn forth my yearnings and secret joys and placed them in the open for all to see.  It came at such a timely season in my life—of inner change and spiritual renewal—and the lyrics rang with my inarticulate desires for life and godliness.  I remember the first night we had it Philip and I sat out on the front porch and listened to it through without a word.  None was necessary.  Don and Karen had said it all.

We regard them as our friends, for transparency is the hallmark of true friendship, and they have shared their delights, their wonder, their heartaches with an endearing openness that is never indiscreet.  God bless them for it.

Here is a link to their wonderful website…please sample some of their mp3s…especially 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…


2 Responses to “The Innocence Mission”

  1. Melinda says:

    La, what beautiful music! I had not heard of this duo before this post of yours, but I checked out their music right away and was delighted. Her voice takes a little getting used to, but I love the sound of the albums. So quiet, lilting, enchanting, inspiring. Thank you kindly for the introduction.

  2. Naomi says:

    Glow is my favourite album of all time. When I sat and pondered the lyrics of “Bright As Yellow,” I cried. Rarely has a song so profoundly exposed my soul. I agree that Karen’s voice takes a while to get used to, but I love its originality and the fact that she doesn’t try to imitate anyone.

    Love the band. And love their name. A mission we should all strive for, methinks …

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