Bright Star

by Aaron Strumpel

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It’s from an atmosphere of creativity and faithfulness to write songs and create records of lament and joy, proclamation and complaint, that the dream of Bright Star was born. It is an album of songs to be listened to; it is an album of songs to be sung, both personally and congregationally, whether led with an acoustic guitar or pop-synth orchestra. It captures a sound that is at once wondrous in scope and approachable in intention. Exciting new songs include “Mightier,” which, like the Psalmist in the 93rd chapter, proclaims the majesty of God in creation, “Coming After You,” which gives the listener the language of yearning, and “Beautiful Pearl,” which leaves a person ruminating on what it meant and still means for Christ to give his life. Alongside these songs are several standards that have become anthems in the many communities over the years: “Twenty Three,” “Centuries,” and the title track, “Bright Star.”

Aaron invited the excellent Latifah Phillips (Page CXVI, The Autumn Film, Moda Spira) to produce the record alongside him and enlisted songwriter and engineer David Wilton (Loud Harp, Jason Upton, Josh Garrels, A Boy and His Kite) to mix and master.

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released February 3, 2015

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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: Centuries
VS
You will turn your ear to me
You will hear my cry for mercy
You will loosen things unseen
What can man do to me?

You will be my help in trouble
You will be my place of refuge
You will cut these bindings free
What can man do to me?

CH
I'll sing for joy in Your place of rest
I'll sleep in peace resting on Your chest
And Your voice will sound like a thousand waters
Your song will rush for ten thousand centuries

BR
Oh you, sing so sweetly

TAG
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing your praise
Than when we've first begun.
Track Name: Beautiful Pearl
VS1
In a darkened garden, you began to sense
What it meant to spill, what it meant to spend
In the face of darkened men, you began to sense
What it meant to spill, what it meant to spend
Your life (3x)

CH
You came for me, into my grave
You dug me free, from death I'm saved
You died for me, down three long days
You fought for me, then you were raised

VS2
In the dark night of my soul, I began to know
What it meant to spill, what it meant to spend
In the darkest of sorrow, I began to know
What it meant to spill, what it meant to spend
Your life (4x)

BR
Your life, you gave
Like a beautiful Pearl
Like a bright shining Light
Track Name: Mightier
V1
Mightier than the thunder of great waters
Mightier than the breakers of the sea
It's You who stands firm, it's You who is throned, in Majesty
Mightier than the skies that hold the clouds
Mightier than the heavens high above
It's You who stands firm, it's You who is throned, in Majesty

CH
Oh the seas, lift up their voices
And the skies, pound their big drums
Yeah the rocks, cry out Your name
And time just stands still

V2
Mightier than the stones that hold the world
Mightier than the rock underneath my feet
It's You who stands firm, it's You who is throned, in Majesty
Mightier than the time that marches on
Mightier than countless centuries
It's You who stands firm, it's You who is throned, in Majesty

CH2
Oh the seas, lift up their voices
And the skies, pound their big drums
Yeah the rocks, cry out Your name
And time just stands still

PRE-BR
Time just stands still // We just stand still
This glorious moment // Can't just end till
We sing out loud // We sing out to You // Our love

SING OUT!

BR
Mightier than the thunder of great waters
Mightier than the skies that hold the clouds
Mightier than the stones that hold the world
Mightier than the time that marches on
Track Name: Give Me Your Hand
VS1
Give me your hand and we'll walk
Walk down together
Lift up your hands and we'll sing
Sing here together

CH
How good it is to know you God,
How lovely is... your Bride
How blessed we are... to have... each other
You hold us all close...by your side

VS2
Come with me now and we'll dance
Dance here together
Lift up your heart and we'll dream
Dream here together

PRE-BR
There's none to poor, too dirty, too broken
Too naked, too stupid, too drunken, to be

BR
Thrown outside of his love
His arms are wide enough
He’ll catch us up in his love
His heart is big enough
We’re found inside of his love
His arms are wide enough
He’ll catch us up in his love
His heart is big enough
Track Name: Spark My Heart
VS1
Thru dangers toils and snares I run
To you my God oh brilliant Son
When all seems lost prone to dismay
You hold me fast you still my sway
Tho enemies surround me now
They can not stop, they know not how
The light, the warmth, of your embrace
You spark my heart you fuel my race

CH1
You spark my heart you fuel my race

VS2
So treachery can try it’s best
Destruction, darkness and the rest
So strong I am because I stand
On you my God, the great I Am
Nor height nor depth shall worry me
Nor fire, winds, or raging seas
Will sway me from my love for you
My God my friend my savior true

CH2
My God my Friend my Savior true

BR
You are my first love
None like you, no one
You have my whole heart
You are my only one
Track Name: Bright Star
VS1
Hope is a bright star, my eyes are set upon
And the rest of the night sky will wait upon my dawn
I'm not sad anymore, my eyes are on you

Joy is a tall tree, my sights are set upon
And the rest of the forest will wait until I'm strong
I'm not sad anymore, my eyes are on you

CH
I will lift my head, so I can see, I will lift my heart, to you
I will set my eyes, on you alone, I will set my gaze, on you

VS2
Peace is a deep sea, my thoughts are soaking in
And the rest of the waters will fill me to the brim
I'm not sad anymore, my eyes are on you

Love is a mountain, my dreams are resting on
And the rest of the earth will rise to sing my song
I'm not sad anymore, my eyes are on you

BR
Why were you so downcast oh my
Soul why would you be so sad
Put your hope in him and sing his song
Lift your eyes your hands your heart so strong
Track Name: Coming After You
V1
There’s a breach in my walls
Where I can reach to you
There’s a ladder ‘gainst my walls
Where I can climb to you

CH
Strengthen my feet
For the high places
I’m comin’ after you
Toughen my mind
‘Gainst all my fears
I’m comin’ after you

V2
There’s a doorway to my heart
I will let you thru
There’s a passage to my heart
Won’t you come on thru

BR
As the deer panteth for the waters
So my soul thirsts for you
Track Name: Won't Stop
V1
Your breath it rushes in fills my lungs
Like a hurricane rushes and floods my home
You won't sit back you never sit back
You come in close you never hold back

Your light it comes and blinds my eyes
Like a blizzard it comes and takes my sight
You won't sit back you never sit back
You come in close you never hold back

CH
You just won't stop until you're done
You can't just stop until you're done
I'll never love you like I know I can
Until you're done but you just won't stop

V2
Your fire it comes and burns my heart
Like an earth quake shakes my whole world down
You won't sit back you never sit back
You come in close you never hold back

Your hand it grabs and shakes my soul
Like a locomotive rumbling tumbling goes
You won't sit back you never sit back
You come in close you never hold back

BR
Mold and make me yours again
Creator God create anew
Burn and purify again
I lift my eyes I look to you

When I am here, with you
I am made whole, in you
Track Name: Twenty Three
TAG
My Love, you’re perfect
You cast out all my fear
You cast out all my fear

VS
Arise, Oh Lord, lift up Your eyes
Don't forget I'm helpless

CH
Oh, You, lead me to waters
And pastures so green
Oh, You, pour out Your oil
And choose goodness and mercy for me

PRE-BR
No, I will not be in want

BR
You're with me, I will not fear
You comfort me, I will not fear
Track Name: Were You There
Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how died for me, I tremble, tremble
Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how much you love me, I tremble, tremble

Were you there when they crucified my Lord ?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord ?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree ?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree ?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree ?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side ?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side ?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb ?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb ?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb ?

Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how died for me, I tremble, tremble
Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how much you love me, I tremble, tremble

Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how you rose again, I tremble, tremble
Sometimes it causes me, to tremble, tremble
To think how you conquered death, I tremble, tremble

Sometimes you cause me, to tremble, tremble
When I, can feel, you drawing near, I tremble, tremble
Sometimes you cause me, to tremble, tremble
When I, can tell, you're coming close, I tremble, tremble