Enter the Worship Circle | Chair and Microphone, Vol. 2

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Chair and Microphone, Vol. 2

by Enter the Worship Circle

Worship Music with artist Aaron Strumpel in a singer songwriter style. One vocal and one instrument recorded in one pass for a raw live feel. Vulnerable.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Stricken
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2. Coltrane
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3. One Word
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4. Undone
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5. Pain
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6. Centuries
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7. My Eyes Are So Blue I Feel Like I Could Look Right Through
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8. Dove
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9. How Great
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10. Beauty
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11. Injustice
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12. Hosanna
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13. Twenty Three
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14. Home
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15. From the Dust
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16. For Joy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Artist:
Aaron Strumpel is an artist based out of Louisville, Colorado. Since graduating from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, he has spent five years touring 40 different states, playing over 400 shows on college campuses and in communities across the United States with a group called The Restoration Project. His heart for helping people has led him into community with the Enter the Worship Circle family. These Worship Circle albums have sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide. Aaron Strumpel is the featured artist for Chair and Microphone, Vol. 2 and it is his unique songwriting and performance that make this album a must-listen for singer-songwriter fans.

The Album:
This is the second album in a unique volume within the greater Worship Circle series. It is a raw recording of one artist and one instrument with no overdubs and no polished studio production. The goal is to let the artist be both accessible and vulnerable. This recording is an unapologetic conversation with God, and it has the power to lead the listener on a journey to protest, adore, discover, and relocate inside of that conversation. Musically, it might be compared to artists like Damien Rice or Ryan Adams, but it would be wise to listen to Aaron with new ears--there is no one quite like him.

The Pressure:
The protest in this album is on behalf of the hurting in the world. Aaron’s international ministry experience has broken his heart for the poor and oppressed. Aaron rides a tidal wave of personal energy as a follower of Jesus in the arena of justice and action on behalf of the undefended. His album, his concerts, and his lifestyle promote help for others. Aaron has a genuine compassion for the hurting, not just an affiliation with a cause. Notable tour highlights and relationships that indicate Aaron’s work in justice and compassion work:
Generous Orthodoxy Conference with Brian McLaren, 2005
Mustard Seed Conference with Tom Sine, 2006
Source in Minneapolis, Urban ministry for addicts and homeless
Compassion International partnership
Five months of Ministry Tours in Bolivia and Peru
Presently working with the One Campaign and similar works


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Phantom Tollbooth

This collection of sixteen intense, arresting songs continues the unwavering tra
According to the back of the disc, Enter the Worship Circle—Chair and Microphone, Vol. 2 “bleeds out the heart of Aaron Strumpel in conversation with God…recorded simply, in real time, one time.” What results from this naked recording approach is an astounding album filled with truth and life, worship and worry, praise and prayers that speaks from the epicenter of human frailty and man’s overwhelming desire for the divine.

As in true conversation, Strumpel bluntly shares with his friend (read: God) concerns (My life so far has been touched by your grace, but there’s still things that shake me / I grow nearly faint when I see all the pain, there’s times I wish I wasn’t so tender—“Pain”), desires (With the force of a Coltrane I am waiting for You to come to me…and I’m sore from the waiting…I’ m at the end—“Coltrane”) and compliments (What a beauty You are / O Risen One…What a treasure You are / O Victorious One—“Beauty”). Strumpel’s passionate, percussive playing, slam-poet phrasing, and raspy, unrestrained delivery add an edge that nudges the conversation from merely interesting to incredibly engaging.

This collection of sixteen intense, arresting songs continues the unwavering tradition of superb songwriting, authentic worship, and quality recordings produced by Ben Pasley’s Worship Circle series. Unlike the initial three “unplugged” Worship Circle albums, which swell with sweet harmonies, smooth guitars and exotic percussion, the Chair and Microphone discs (Pasley himself recorded vol. 1 in 2004) are minimalistic in scope: one voice, one guitar. These brave, bare efforts could easily fail due to all that’s missing; however, Strumpel follows Pasley’s outstanding lead and delivers in the most magnificent way.

Recommended if you like the Enter the Worship Circle discs, Bright Eyes, Jeff Buckley, 100 Portraits.

Greg Adams 9/20/06