Aquarius

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Aquarius continues the monumental saga of My Great Aunt Coleslaw. Like Capricorn, Aquarius is a 6 track release that continues her story by telling her many lifetimes through song and words.  The piano compositions were all written in her seventh lifetime at the turn of the 20th century. She worked extensively with all of the known and unknown composers of the era. All of them.

Tea Tree Shuffle is a composition where the musical notes are inverted from an original source in a musical process called Negative Harmony. In this theory, all musical harmony, gravity, and cadences are reflected- like looking in a mirror and seeing out the other side. This technique was discovered by Pythagoras, her first teacher, over two thousand years ago. My Great Aunt Coleslaw goes further into microtonal territory again on this album- Pandora's Box and Philosophy Has Died both contain 19 notes per octave. The Beauty of Words is the only song My Great Aunt Coleslaw ever wrote for just solo acoustic guitar and vocal. The single from the album, Must Have Walked Into a Dream, uses The GeoShred app to bring a new sound to the song. 

The Book of Slaw: Songs From My Great Aunt Coleslaw is a year long project dedicated to the life of Elk Minister’s Great Aunt Coleslaw. The 26 albums will be released every two weeks in 2018, now dubbed The Year of The Elk. The release schedule follows a strict 28 day, 13 month calendar based around the 13 zodiac signs. This calendar, like all the music and lyrics on The Book of Slaw, was created by Great Aunt Coleslaw when she studied with Pythagoras of Samos.

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released February 10, 2018

Elk Minister- All Vocals, Steinway Piano, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Electric Guitar, Microtonal Organ, Keyboards, Egg Shaker, Tambourine, Synthesizer, Violin, Viola, Oscillator, Theremin, Harmonica, Melodica, Wooden Frog, Pan Flute, Koto, Dulcimer, Zither, Tape and Digital Manipulations, GeoShred App, ANS Synthesizer, The MayaBoard, 6 String Wing Bass, Glockenspiel, Bb Clarinet, Mandolin

My Great Aunt Coleslaw- Composer of all melodies, rhythms, lyrics, and harmonic considerations

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Elk Minister Denver, Colorado

Elk Minister was born in a log cabin deep in the forest of the upstate region. While being raised by his mother and his Uncle Radcliffe, Elk Minister developed an affinity and love towards music, philosophy, and science. At age seven, Elk Minister was writing and recording his own songs on a homemade tape recorder built by his uncle. In 1999, he wrote an opera with his imaginary friend Gerald. ... more

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Track Name: Must Have Walked Into A Dream
must have walked into a dream
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)

i think im under some creative spell
from what is real from fake i can not tell
to follow footprints to find where they go
to lose myself to find what i need to know

its like im living in a dream
what does it mean?

must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream

I never worry or care how it feels
I never worry or care if its real
when all the memories start fading to black
Remember melodies that take you back

must i remind you what is make believe?
its all and everything and all that you see

its like we’re living in a dream
what does it mean?

must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream

must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
must have walked into a dream
Track Name: The Beauty of Words
the beauty of words
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)


still as relevant as it was once before
painting pictures that never will be shown
i write songs using adjectives and verbs
then i turn it into music
i am often usually lost within the beauty of words

if we’re walking will you hold my hand?
we are lovers and the best of best friends
i write songs using elements of earth
then i turn into music
i am often usually lost within the beauty of words

is it stunning how i can’t see beyond?
it is glory my struggle for a song
i write songs using images and words
then i twist it into music
i am often usually lost within the beauty of the words

the beauty of words
the beauty of words
the beauty of words
Track Name: Philosophy Has Died
philosophy has died
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)

long before you
back before the world had cornered you
into imagining you left alone

two words make this energy
two world share all creativity
has no one mentions to you?
philosophy has died

im lost while watching you
along with everyone im waiting till its thru
has no one mentioned to you?
philosophy has died

dream of sleep
dream of sleep
dream of sleep
dream of sleep

two worlds made of enemies
two worlds that we know
hold on to your dreams
hold on while philosophy has died

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