Saturday, July 03, 2010

aaron strumpel & dirty shovel digging in again

by Tim K. Snyder

...and it's even deeper this time around.

It's hard to believe I've been following Aaron Strumpel as a musician for seven years now. But it's even crazier to think that it was four years this summer that Aaron began investing in me as a mentor and friend. I woke this morning to some new music in my inbox. Aaron and his notorious Dirty Shovel Records has produced two brand new EP's — both created in stand-still moments of time. These three-song EPs were written in a single afternoon capturing the fragile, beautiful and dynamic present moment...a contemplative prayer as an album.

There is a tenderness in the water of the heart, a vulnerability of sanity, a mere film separating joy and sadness...these songs were written on an afternoon when everythin
seemed to close in, beauty felt like ashes, when all that was left was to sink deeper and deeper... — from Bright Star EP (June 25, 2010)

Aaron's been diving into the psalms for years now. I suppose he'd depart from them if there was another, better witness to the complexity — decidedly framed by lament and joy — of life with God. But there's not a better place to find the fullest range of spiritual expression and Aaron has somehow captured the paradox of the Psalmist's form and the deepness of his/her cries.

Waves and words wash through the Psalms as they take their time to soak into’s as if they combine patience and force in a perfect relationship for destruction and renewal...these songs were written in an evening using a beat up 1940’s parlor guitar with a humbucker screwed to the soundhole...and the instrument makes its voice known in the creative process, framing thoughts and words and prayers already buried within. — from Going Fast EP  (July 2, 2010)

 This preview song, Going Fast, has been on loop since I first heard it earlier this morning. It's my morning prayer today.

Going Fast by Aaron Strumpel  
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03 Going Fast.mp3 (5222 KB)

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