Aries

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Aries, the seventh album this year that was written by My Great Aunt Coleslaw.  Her fourth lifetime was an extremely depressing one for her.  Her music was being rejected by all of the academics and universities, and she began an awful habit of rubbing marinara sauce on the walls of her apartment. Her thoughts reversed to be that of a swollen raccoon and she was soon seen wandering the streets at night looking for powdered water.  

This lifetime was hard on My Great Aunt Coleslaw. It would be years before the people at the time would appreciate her music magic and universal message of peace through tonality. In the end, she died poor and alone, grasping an early unreleased manuscript of a story about an elephant a cow who were lovers.

The music of ARIES, continues on the same experimental path, never pausing to give the listener a chance to breathe. Her microtonal works expand further, this time including a custom 19 tone guitar named Ralph used on Wishing Well. You Can Take It With You Wherever You Go also uses 19 notes per octave, her piano piece The Gift uses 13 notes per octave- a particularly jarring tuning.


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 April 6, 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: Swimming in a Swamp With You
Swimming in a swamp with you
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)

Early morning as rain is pouring
Along your soggy street
Time is gone and I can’t go on
If everything is make believe

To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you

Once in a while I’ll crack a smile
And hope for something else
All I’ve seen and all I’ve dreamed
Says music is the best

All my friends can’t understand
They think I’ve lost my mind
The loss of fear when death is near
It makes me feel alive

To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you
To be swimming in a swamp with you
Track Name: Seedman
Seedman
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)

I’m making some insignificant change
You think that I’m lazy
I’ll call you out by name

I’m tired of feeling so empty and cold
My music has chosen me
I’m getting so old

To say that I’m worried
By the things that I am told
As poetry calls out to me
The future is sold

My father awoken to me
And read me a story
The things I had waited to read
Had planted the seed man

Becoming the seedman
Becoming the seedman
Becoming the seedman
Becoming the seedman
Track Name: Darwinian Dance
Darwinian Dance
(Great Aunt Coleslaw)

Have you heard the white lie about how I came about?
Constant stimulation my vibration knows no bounds

Come back where we are
Come back where we are

See the whole world upside down
Make your mind up while you can

Once you’ve made your mind up you won’t wake up quite the same
With your same intentions your obsessions take the blame

Come back where we are
Come back where we are

Mass confusion evolution sounds
Like faith within a fossil when it’s found
It’s natural selection
Survival of the fittest
We’re doing the darwinian dance

See the whole world upside down
Make your mind up while you can

Mass confusion evolution sounds
Like faith within a fossil when it’s found
It’s natural selection
Survival of the fittest
We’re doing the darwinian dance

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