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"Give Me Your Hand" and we'll walk...

Life together is way better then life isolated.  I know, I was a hermit for two years.  Sort of.  I lived 15 minutes out into the mountains west of Woodland Park, far enough to feel like it was sort of a big deal to go into town.  I remember some of the best feelings I had two years into that season were driving out of my neighborhood at the invitation of…

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Added by Aaron Strumpel on September 20, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Scripture To Music Collective Features "Twenty Three"

The lovely people over at Scripture to Music have put one of my songs up this week as a feature.  This song, ever since writing it in Ireland has just taken on a life of it’s own.  I brought it to Ben Pasley in the body of work I…

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Added by Aaron Strumpel on September 13, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

"Your Bride" Is Beautiful

Your Bride, she’s beautiful when…

She opens her eyes…

She’s been purified…

She sings Your songs…

Of deliverance…

The Bride, the Church with a capital “C” is a beautiful thing.  She encompasses more then we know here in the West, containing a beauty that would be utterly foreign to us if we were confronted with her one morning over a cup of…

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Added by Aaron Strumpel on September 10, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

New Christmas! Full-length out, just in time me thinks!

A Merry Christmas to you!

Well, after having so much fun making and releasing the “Christmas! EP”, I decided to…

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Added by Aaron Strumpel on December 23, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Vespers I & II

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Added by Aaron Strumpel on July 19, 2010 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Luther and Worship and Aesthetics

So my friend Todd Fadel has continually challenged me and my friends and pretty much everyone he comes across to re-evaluate our perception of what worship is...does it have to have a kick drum going through a sub, does it have to have washed out ebow guitars, does it have to have a minor chord, does it have to be led by a man? Gross questions I know, but there seems to be a branding of what "brings people into worship." Far from a simple annoyance,… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on December 10, 2009 at 7:40am — 2 Comments

2009 Festival of Faith & Arts: Bandspotting

So I entered this bandspotting competition that Calvin College holds every two years and won it with a couple of songs from the Elephants! A couple of head judges, one Michael Kaufmann who heads up Asthmatic Kitty Records, and two, Andy Whitman who has an interesting blog, Razing the Bar, and writes often for Paste Magazine, All Music Guide (allmusic.com), Christianity Today Magazine, and Image Journal, chose me from a GREAT crowd of musicians to win… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on March 4, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Elephant Album Cover Finalized!

Here’s the cover! My brilliant friend and collaborator Matteo Moore delved deep into his imagination as he was immersing himself in the tunes…and this is what came out and I think it’s spectacular. More on all of this later, but I’m developing a separate site for this project as well as the upcoming partner album, to be named some sort of bird species name…if you have any ideas, shoot away…top choices for now include herons, ostriches, and… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on December 26, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

making album decisions. elephant sized ones.

Well, I’m sitting in Vancouver, BC at Trinity Western University, deciding which songs to cut and which to keep for my upcoming Elephants album. Here’s a pic of a chalk drawing I did of an elephant for the cover…I’ve sinced hired a friend and pro to do the work, but maybe you’ll like my hack at it!

Added by Aaron Strumpel on October 24, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Todd Fadel, Fire-Starter is First on my Blog.

Todd Fadel of Agents of Future, laying down some bliss…stay updated, the Elephant Project is under way…

Added by Aaron Strumpel on September 19, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

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SOMETHING TO PONDER..

“There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract but not for the concrete.” - Helen Keller

“Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies. Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. To make love is to make justice. As advocates and activists for justice know, loving involves struggle, resistance, risk.” - Carter Heyward

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