The Singing Well

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released February 12, 2011

The Emporiums would like to thank:
Gary Adolphe, Ben + Robin Pasley, Tim + Laurie Thornton, Dave + Ally Wilton, Caleb Friesen, Cameron Schenk, Mark Bovee, Dave Farrell, Kyle Steed, Joanne Abraham, Michael + Nikki Dalton, Todd + Libbie Anderson, Holly Morrell, Boris + Liz Gavrailoff, Long + Mcquade Winnipeg, Gateway South Church, Vinelife Church, Origins Community Church and Enter the Worship Circle.

Special thanks to all who partnered early on to help make this project possible!

Photography by Joanne Abraham
Video by Michael Dalton
Album Artwork by Kyle Steed

Engineered and Produced by Aaron Strumpel at The Dirty Shovel in Woodland Park, CO
Mixed by Ben Pasley,, in Woodland Park, CO. Courtesy of Worship Circle Records.
Mastered by Dave Wilton,, at St. Ida's in Lafayette. CO

All songs recorded at The Dirty Shovel, Woodland Park, CO
Bass recorded at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Drums recorded at Gateway South Church, Winnipeg MB
Mandolin, Harp and Fiddle recorded at Colorado Springs, CO
Violin recorded at The Wardrobe (Cleveland) in Spare Oom (Ohio).

Karla Adolphe - acoustic guitar, piano, rhodes and vocals
Aaron Strumpel - acoustic + electric guitars, banjo, piano, and vocals
Caleb Friesen - drums and percussion
Dave Farrell - upright bass
Tim Thornton - mandolin and harp
Laurie Thornton - violin and viola on Swamp Fairy
Cameron Schenk - violin
Mark Bovee - rhodes on The Singing Well

Aaron plays Santa Cruz guitars and JHS Pedals

All songs written and recorded by Karla Adolphe + Aaron Strumpel
All songs copyright Smallgate Music and Thirsty Dirt Records



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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: The Singing Well
old woman, knows best
sings songs, from the hollow of her chest

i sing it loud
i'm drinking deep
i sing it loud
i'm drinking deep
from the singing well

old woman, loves best
sings songs, from the pounding in her chest

old woman, prays best
sings songs, from the church in her chest
Track Name: Lucy
lucy my confetti heart
hanging from the treehouse, in my backyard

lucy when will you stop hiding
can't you see i'm trying, doing my part

there is love, love, love, love is all around you
there is love, love, love, can you hear it singing
there is love, love, love
can ya believe it found you again

lucy treasure in the dirt
place where you got hurt, you'll believe in love again

lucy the apple of my eye
the bluing of the sky, started with you

diamond skies, are your eyes
i could sing all day, dream all night
with you
Track Name: Pushing The Beams
so when did the falling start
when did you get your hands inside my heart
you've been pushing the beams, flipping the tables
i've been trying to stay calm, tying stay stable
but I can't

when will the heavy rain come
when will the clearing of my fields be done
you've been rolling the stone, digging so deep
i've been falling down hard, here at your feet

here I am
Track Name: Pennies And Paper
you've been hard as nails, punchin' holes in hearts
slivers and splinters, are all you've got

you've been adding your rings, thinking nothing but green
pennies and paper, are all you've got

you've been throwing your stones, into deep dark holes
wishes and whispers, are all you've got

when you wanna come home
i don't know if i can
i don't know myself anymore

your bed is a coffin
i'll die to myself
your arms are like branches
quieting my chaos
your home is a fountain
filling my empty
Track Name: Carry Me
johnny's cashin' all his chips tonight
boots for bare feet, drums for dead beats

johnny's dumping all his pills in the river
burlap for silk, honey for milk

oh to be chosen, oh to be the one
oh to be forgiven, oh to be home

mary's coolin' all her red fever
love for perfume, water for wounds

mary's holding all of her children
honor for shame, blessing for pain

won't you carry me
like you carried them
won't you carry me
Track Name: Old Hickory
down by the river, southern bells ringin'
weepin' willows singin', move slow

down by the river, babe's in the basket
floating upstream, move slow

old hickory (3x)
breathe your fire

deep in the delta, the spirit's singing
ghosts go floatin', move slow

deep in the delta, mud is creepin'
jesus a healin', move slow
Track Name: I Am The Richest
I am the richest, I am your favorite
I am yours alone, I am

I am the moonlight, I am your seaside
I am yours alone, I am

And there is joy, joy, joy
Joy in this house

I am the richest, I am your favorite
I am yours alone, I am

I am the rhythm, I am your drum
I am yours alone, I am
Track Name: Roll Away The Stone
billows and sparks, fire into dark
streams and oceans, water into potion

dirt and dust, iron into rust
wind and winters, branches into splinters

roll away the stone (4x)

your angel she's got a word
she's got a song, she's a got peace
she's got something, something to sing over me

then there's the liar he's gone silent
he's gone quiet, he's gone missing
he's got nothing, nothing to do with me

and in the garden, it's growing greener
it's getting bigger, it's getting fuller
full of bright flowers
full of bright flowers for me

and there's a fire it's getting brighter, it's burning hotter
it's burning longer, it's burning stronger
it's burning stronger in me
Track Name: Time
you've torn down far too much
you've torn down far too long
it's time to build back up again
it's time to build your home

you've drunk the wine of loss
you've drunk the drink of fear
it's time to clear your head again
it's time to clear your heart

you've wandered far alone
you've wandered in the dark
it's time to find your feet again
it's time to find your way