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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Why I love THE INNOCENCE MISSION (as explained to Dan)


Dan is constantly challenging my love of The Innocence Mission. He's more of an 80's rock n' roll kind of guy. He says (and I quote exactly here), "The Innocence Mission is more boring than a Sunday." But some good has come out of this. He has forced me to articulate why I love them and this has actually made me love them even more. Here are just a few of the reasons why I love The Innocence Mission.

1. I like Sunday. I don't think it's boring. It's restful.
2. Their music is sad and happy at the same time. I love anything that can convey a complexity of emotions. I love how they can be singing about something sad, but the beat can be upbeat and cheerful and vice-a-versa. I realized when I was explaining this to Dan that this is something I also look for in literature, movies and art.
3. They sing about small, everyday things and make them sparkle with life.
4. I love Karen Peris' raw, beautiful voice - I have never heard a more gorgeous voice than hers.
5. Amazing, poetic lyrics.
6. There's something magical about discovering a band on your own. No one tells you about them, you just happen to hear them one day and you fall in love. That's what happened with me and The Innocence Mission. I was flipping through radio stations and heard the last half of the song "Lakes of Canada." I didn't know who sang the song. I only knew some lyrics and came home and did a google search. This was in 2004. Dan and The Innocence Mission were my best discoveries of 2004 and never the twain shall meet...

Dan's waiting for me to go on a walk with him, so I must close.

8 comments:

aimee heff said...

this is one of my favorite posts from you lisa. scott and i were totally laughing.

i think i need to get more into them. i know a few of their songs but haven't bonded like i should.

Great post!

Lisa said...

thanks aimee!

hannah said...

i love them too, Lisa.
There is no other voice like Karen Peris.

Maggie said...

thanks for the tip, definitely loving the music (i've been needing some good new stuff). have you listened to jack johnson? i think you and your husband might enjoy him...

Lisa said...

yeah, we like jack.

Maggie said...
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Maggie said...

yeah, i pretty much had you pegged as a jack fan...

Anonymous said...

I just read this portion about Innocence Mission, after (true story) JUST emailing a friend about I.M. and how, though I haven't been a big fan, I had obtained an MP3 of "Lakes of Canada" and how gorgeous that song was, such that I now "got" what makes I.M. so beautiful and, Karen's style so hauntingly artistic and humane at the same time.

Beautiful!

And thank you for articulating the reasons you love I.M.; they match well with my own criteria for why I love Natalie Merchant - and now, I.M., too!

Andrew Currie, Ottawa, Canada
(yes I live in Canada!)