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In April 2009, Aaron Strumpel unlatched his rib cage to let the ELEPHANTS that were housed there stampede freely. Many people were trampled soulfully by those sweat-drenched gut-wrenchers. USA Today and PASTE emerged from underfoot, musically bruised, to give poignant praise like "5 STARS!" and "STUNNING!".

But no sooner had the bandages been removed and washed, then he made the equally dangerous decision to pop open his brain-head to force the world to reckon with the BIRDS that had made their nests a-way up thar. So it came to pass and a decreee went out that all BIRDS, both lumbering and limber wouldst exit Sir Strumpel's nogginland and be digitally transferred onto humanity via some hyper-text internet web-portal.

There are members of class:AVES of every shape and flavor, lilting warblers and shrieking sages using their cooing/cackling vernacular to attack those who have been lulled and loosened enough to forget to remember.

And lest one fears that the appearance of their plumage spells doom for each and every, that the melodious notes are omens to alarm and pierce eardrums only, know this: it is the canary who escapes the coal mine who sings most thankfully.

"Strumpel's previous album, Elephants, was a thundering take on the Psalms; his new one, Birds, is a creature of another kind. This acoustic affair is nimble and light on its feet, but, if anything, even more tempestuous than its predecessor, a gloriously disheveled affair where hoarse vocals, furiously strummed guitars, and primal trumpet blasts meet in a kind of holy hoedown, the messy nature of the performances perfectly conjuring the spirit of the songs. Here, Strumpel takes inspiration from throughout Scripture—and from Song of Solomon, in particular—to bear witness to the chaos and confusion of earthly life, and remind us of the hope and healing we find in our Lover." - Josh Hurst, Christianity Today


released October 25, 2011

Produced and Engineered by Aaron Strumpel, Todd Fadel, David Wilton at The Dirty Shovel and St. Ida’s Recording Studios.

Mixed and Mastered by David Wilton at St. Ida’s Recording Studio.

The Players: Aaron Strumpel, Todd Fadel, David Wilton, Laurie Thornton, Tim Thornton, Karla Adolphe, Robin Pasley, LaTifah Phillips, Kate Hurley.

Art Direction by PADÀ Supper Club & Lounge. Artwork by Matteo Moore.

© 2011 Thirsty Dirt Records. (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Www.AaronStrumpel.Com



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Aaron Strumpel Boulder, Colorado

Aaron Strumpel is a songwriter based in Boulder, CO.  A collaborator with Enter the Worship Circle, an avante-garde worshipper with his Elephants, Birds, and Vespers, he has been featured in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and Paste Magazine.


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Track Name: Angel
The door's painted red and there's flakes dropping off
Something's in my head and it's shaking real hard
We just got done and I'm glad to be gone
A room full a dirt and a day without sun

But you’re coming round, singing my name real loud
It’s better than sound, anything I’ve found

Seven long years and I’m wiser still
Seven dry years and I still can't feel
Seven years of words I said all I can say
Seven years of wondering I can hardly wait

Oh you march right up and you break right in
And I can't stop thinking that I’ve seen you before
You say my name, my head starts to spin
And I’m done, I’m done

I’ve been here since the start of my days
Praying for angels since my blood's been red
You've come for me and you've sung me your song
I’m out of my head
Track Name: Black With Tears
1. Your eyes black with tears
Are hills of rock and stone
Unflinching in the wind
Impenetrable to sun

Ch. He sings hope into misery, and joy into pain
With words of healing, sung like rain
He sings light into mud
And peace with his blood
With melodies of healing
Melodies he’s sung
To you…

2. Your face wrinkled up
Is sand in harsh sun
Confused in movement
And coming undone

3. Reminders of birth
Of your eyes first open
Of light’s first intrusion
The beginning of desire
Track Name: Maybe
Maybe You have won my love
Maybe I will stay with You
Maybe I have looked enough
Maybe You're the One for me

You are here...I want You here...
Can You hear...I want You...

Maybe You have won my heart
Maybe I won't run this time
Maybe I'll come close tonight
Maybe You're the One for me

You are here...I want You here...
Can You hear...I want You...
Track Name: Never Finished
Your work is never finished in my heart
I don't know where to start
Your love's so startlingly strong

Your work is never finished in my mind
I wouldn't know where to find
A love so blindingly bright

There's this thing in my chest
I'll try to say it best
It's a burning that just started
I think it's gonna spread
It's you, it's you

There's a pounding in my heart
It's gonna leave a mark
It's a knocking on my door
The signal of a start
It's you, it's you
Track Name: Home On Your Heart
I’ll draw my home on your heart
Brightest colors just to say who we are

I’ll carve my name next to yours
Hold your hand it’s how I know you aren’t far

I’m yours, you're mine

I’ll dance a circle round your heart
Watch you smile it’s how I know who you are

I’ll sing a song through our days
Hear you laugh it’s how know you aren’t far

I’m yours, you're mine
Track Name: Fastly Gone
It's the things dreams are made of
These odds that are wagered
In the hands of old winners
In the hearts of young lovers

It's the things lives are given to
Our hearts and hands are given to
The work of the fields and seas
The nights of the birds and bees

It's the days that are fastly gone
Where minutes and seconds don't even count
In minds that are full of fear
Let's fight these thoughts full of fear

It's the talking that won't ever count
For more than the smiles found
In brilliant moments in the sun
In breathless moments when we're done
Track Name: Grandma
Oh won’t you fall down tonight
And rest your weary head
With a song and a sigh
I know it’s easier to fight than to die

See there’s a ladder to the clouds
You can go up or you can go down
And Jacob’s just awaiting
And he’s holding your crown

You don’t have to be afraid
You don’t have to be alone
You can step over death
He’s on the way home
Track Name: Sixty One
Those who cry their tears unheard
Will wash away the ash

Those who mourn their prayers unheard
Will wear their beauty well

You're drenched in gladness
And clothed in praise
Your arms hold a strength hard won
Your roots are planted deep

You're built on strength
That fire can't destroy
Your treasure is found
In the ones that you love
Your homes are filled with joy
Track Name: Merciful
Merciful and Kind

You fell down in pain, you are...
You fell down, were slain, you are...
You are...

Merciful and Kind