Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the first innocence mission album. Since then, the Lancaster, Pa., band—wife/husband duo Karen and Don Peris (both play multiple instruments and sing) and bassist Mike Bitts—has released nine more LPs. The latest is Sun On The Square (Badman), which also features Peris children Anna (viola) and Drew (violin) on a couple tracks. Karen and Don will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Don: One night a few years ago, I was doing some late-night grocery shopping and “Julia,” John Lennon’s song from The White Album, came on the overhead. I stood in the cereal aisle until the song was finished. A few folks passed me standing there. and if they would have asked what I stopped for, I would have told them it was not to pick out Cap’n Crunch, but rather for this beautiful work of art. There has always been something about this song, even as a boy, that makes me tear up. John’s voice, his guitar part, the very sound of the track. In a world full of wonderful songs and astounding creations, this remains my favorite.