There are beautiful-sounding bands, and there are bands that I cannot simply live without. The Innocence Mission belongs to the latter category.
Formed in the early 80s in Lancaster, PA by husband and wife Don and Karen Peris, The Innocence Mission’s music is folk-oriented, with lush guitar layers (acoustic and clean electric) and lovely string arrangements, vocal harmonies, and gentle, sweeping melodies.
I can’t really describe their music at all, because it’s something you have to hear and feel… and sometimes there just aren’t enough words.
Here are some of my favorite Innocence Mission songs… spanning their entire career in reverse chronological order:
a song from their 2007 album “We Walked In Song”
two perfect songs (performed live from their Pennsylvania home, I believe) from their 1999 album “Birds of My Neighborhood”
the opening track on 1995’s “Glow”, as featured in the 1996 film “Dream For An Insomniac”
their biggest hit, as featured in the 1995 film “Empire Records”
from their second record, Umbrella (1991), and featured in the brilliant 2012 film “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”
this song above, “Notebook”, contains some of my all-time favorite lyrics.
“He’s painting houses… he’s painting houses for a while. Then home to his canvas, coming to life.”