violet

by Karen Peris

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"While we have been working on a new (the innocence mission) record, we've also enjoyed making recordings of a group of songs that seemed to belong together on a separate album. They were all written on piano. Some have words and are sung, with piano and with beautiful guitar parts from Don. And others are piano only, or piano and pump organ, and some other instruments. My instruments are all fairly old and NOISY, so Don gets a special award for most patient and excellent engineer. He worked so meticulously to record my old spinet and little field (pump) organ. The accordion was the funny last straw, it's started to sound like a giant bowl of rice crispies, so it is having a small rest. I'm thrilled that our children have added wonderful violin and viola parts to two of the songs. So I've had tremendous help with this record, which is called Violet, and it really has been a joy to make" .-Karen

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released December 6, 2012

Recorded in late 2012
Music and Words by Karen Peris
© 2012 Umbrella Day Music/BMI

piano, field organ, guitars, melodica, voice: Karen Peris
guitars, drums: Don Peris
violin on songs 2 and 10: Drew Peris
viola on song 10: Anna Peris

engineered by Don Peris
mastered by Shawn Hatfield
album art by Karen Peris

www.theinnocencemission.com

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Track Name: Song For A New Day
Song for a New Day

Clouds turning, secret and slow,
over the great banks of snow.
Clouds of breath over the lawn.
I begin the white violet dawn
speechless and full of odd flaws,
wondrous to be here at all,
seeing the world has a sheen,
stepping into the pristine,
beautiful day.
Forward into the long climb.
Loneliness, retire,
I have a friend this time.

We will live a simple life.
We will be a man and wife,
walking in a daylight now,
where I will not let you down,
though speechless and full of odd flaws,
wondrous to be here at all.
seeing the world has a sheen,
stepping into the pristine,
beautiful day.
Track Name: Sweet William
Sweet William

There has got to be a song,
even on the road to hard days.
First days are long days.
The sun came early on.
We were not ready for it at all.
The lawn gleams.

Shall we go out, sweet William,
to all the colors of the morning?
And ther air will be wonderful,
and the trees will be comforting.
With you, I want to sing.
And we would not change a thing.

Sweet William is the strongest and the best,
in and out the garden, also the smallest.
The quietly, quietly strong can become invisible
in some ways.

Shall we go out, sweet William,
where all the colors will be dazzling?
And the air will be wonderful,
and the trees will be comforting,
and the cheers will be for you,
and the birds will be listening.
With you, I want to sing.
And we would not change a thing.
Track Name: Landscape with Birds
Landscape with Birds

Down the stairs in the air,
the light is slanting down.
In a clean early scene
no stain is on these grounds.
Birds over sidestreets,
birds over houses.
And what friend, in the end,
will maybe come around.