The Innocence Mission - On Your Side

Song of the Day
Hosted by John Richards
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP, is "On Your Side" by The Innocence Mission, from the 2020 album See You Tomorrow on Bella Union.
written by Janice Headley

Since the late '80s, The Innocence Mission have been releasing quietly beautiful songs from their home of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2020, they'll release their eleventh studio album See You Tomorrow, a release primary songwriter Karen Peris says is influenced by family. "Great love of course contains great anxiety, for the safety and health of the loved ones, for one’s own ability to be a good enough helper and companion, for the future," Peris said in a press release. "And the intense desire to hold the present moment of togetherness, at the very least to store it up in vivid detail, so that it can be not lost at all."

“As time goes on I suppose we keep looking more toward connectedness, and feeling more gratitude though also more challenge about life, and wanting to find a language to define it somehow and wondering how others experience it,” she continues. “The thought that these are universal concerns makes me feel more drawn to write songs, to join in a conversation, even though the conversation itself is sometimes about being at a loss for words.”

See You Tomorrow will be out January 17th via Bella Union.

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