From The Desk Of The Innocence Mission: Tom Rosenthal

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.

Karen: A few years ago, an acquaintance of ours, a high-school senior at the time, went to Germany for part of the summer with a study-abroad program. While there, she heard some music she wanted to tell us about, by a British songwriter named Tom Rosenthal. I’m thankful that she thought of us and opened the door on a whole world of amazing songs written, usually on piano, by the same man. One of my favorites is this one, “Bob In The Rain And The Lizard Of Hope,” from the album pictured above. The reasons for liking this song are many, but one thing is that my dad’s name was Bob, and I miss him every day, so it is good to hear his name, and to sing along with Tom Rosenthal, “It’s going to be all right, Bob.”