Of Every Creature

by anabaptist bestiary project

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Jonathan Reuel There's nothing like cowriting a tune and then seeing it take flight as others bring life to it. Dig the vocals. Favorite track: Flocks.
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The Sloth Song a song about sloths You’ve seen me move You’ve seen me move, or have you Or have you seen, or have you seen me move I have found, I have found, another way to get around Nature camoflages, Nature camoflages me I move so slow, the moss does grow on me It makes me harder to see I have found, here living on me, a disguise from prying eyes I see you with shining tooth trusting in the safety of strength ready to fight to the end are you ready to lose? In an open spot with muscles taut Trusting in the safety of speed ready to take flight whenever you need are you ready to be caught Cause I’m hard to see I’m hard to see As I move so slowly, I move slowly through the trees You’ve seen me move I have found, here in the trees, a different kind of safety.
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Colony Collapse Disorder a song about honeybees We dance to show each other where the flowers are We dance to show from whence comes life We love to find where all the colourful flowers are We love to visit them, to take and give life That’s why we dance That’s why we tremble We show with our waggle Never needing to shake And you you always understood That we were the only way for you to be free But instead you offered slavery, Sickness, infestation and monotony Don’t know if it’s the drugs or the drudgery But we need something different we need something to change And you you always understood That you would die too, so why don’t you Dance Why can’t you tremble Why won’t you waggle We need to shake so Why don’t you dance Why can’t you tremble Why won’t you waggle We need to shake
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Nothing will change the world a song about mice Nothing will change the world, Nothing will change the world In a hole In a corner of the bishop’s antique credenza Lives a mouse a tiny mouse with the name Lorenza And she thinks about the world and her friends the ones she’s never seen And she worries about their safety about their homes the ones they’ve never had she knows that Nothing will change the world We think we know how you are feeling We think we know how it makes us feel We think our feelings are important We think you need to learn how we feel
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elegy for sea turtles a song about sea turtles (lyrics by Margaret Atwood) Let others pray for the brown pelican the blue crab, the heron, the cajun: everyone must specialize I will confine myself to a meditation upon the sea turtles withering finally on a remote island. I concentrate in subway stations, in parks, I can’t quite see them, they move to the peripheries of my eyes but on the last day they will be there; already the event like a wave traveling shapes vision: on the road where I stand they will materialize, plodding past me in a straggling line awkward without water their small heads pondering from side to side, their useless armour sadder than tanks and history, in their closed gaze ocean and sunlight paralyzed, lumbering up the steps, under the archways toward the square glass altars where the brittle gods are kept, the relics of what we have destroyed. our holy and obsolete symbols.
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hummingbird moth a song about hummingbird moths If you want to see me know that I am strange And your vision will need to be rearranged If you want to learn about the things I do Then just remember that it’s all happened to you hummingbird moth I am not a thing, I am nothing you have seen But I am closer than anything you know and when you see me you will recognize That I have always been there in your eyes hummingbird moth expect me in the night but see me in the day hiding in front of you as I show my face
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flocks a song about homing pigeons All the motion of the room around me All the blurring of the lights All the people with their arms out reaching for great heights We are all such a long way from home Still I feel alright All the children been imprinted by this love Shine so bright, baby Coo Release me Enfold me Direct me And I’m going to fly a long long way to home Strengthen me And I always know just the right way to go Imprint me Imprint me All the features of the world around me All the features of your face All the features of magnets and sunshine All God’s grace We recognize it all around us And we feel alright All the children been imprinted by this love Shine so bright, baby Coo
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quokka a song about quokkas When you first saw me, should have recognized me I’m really not that hard to see Just because I don’t fit your categories Doesn’t mean I’m not the one you need I, I am the quokka I am the herald of zoobiquity Together we will find healing We will together be happy While you need food and water every day I don’t really find it hard to be Able to survive even in a harsh climate All I need is some more vitamin E I, I am the quokka I am the herald of zoobiquity Together we will find healing We will together be happy Together we will be happy Together we will be wholex
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04:20
Always a song about lions I thought that you would make me alive I thought that you could rise I thought that you would lead me to heaven I thought that you could hide But it was Always Someone else Who found the right words, found the right path I know that you despise the young you want them to die I know that you don’t care for your neighbour you only care for your pride And it was Always Someone else Who would protect me, circle round me I will be more careful the next time I put my trust in my eyes I will look to the colour of your hair and how it lies Because it’s Always Someone else Bringing us together, holding us forever
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03:36
good things a song about beavers I will build a world for you and in it all you’ll find are good things, good things and true. I will listen for the sound of the rushing water and begin, begin to chew I will build it strong and sturdy and it will be the home for my kit, my kit and you And in the pools that surround it all creatures will gather good things, good things and true See all the good that’s all around you everywhere See, you can even see it from space See all the good that’s all around you falling See all the good it’s everywhere I will build a world for you and in it all you’ll find are good things, good things and true. I will build a world for you to play in and find good work, good work that you can do Anytime you need a home to live in we are here to invite, to invite you I will build it all around you, I will forever change the landscape with good things, good things and true.
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02:18
mosquito a song about mosquitos why do you circle around me thorn in my side as you pierce my flesh sucking the life out of my veins leaving disease leaving me deranged and i wish i could eradicate you i wish that you would cease to exist i wish that i could put something in your place without you the world would be better than this but i know, i know that i need you i know that you give just as much life as you seem to take, to take for your own self oh jesus help me see the world i wake up just having fallen asleep to the itch just beneath that one piece of skin that i just can’t reach, i can’t reach that deep and i wonder how i could begin to really work for a way to eradicate you to find how how you could cease to exist i’m sure that something else would take your place and the world would be much better than this then i wonder wonder if i need you not for your food or your pollination but because you take you take for your own self exactly this kind of temptation then i know i know that i need you i know that you give just as much life as you seem to take, to take for your own self oh jesus help me see the world
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04:54
mosquito a song about mosquitos why do you circle around me thorn in my side as you pierce my flesh sucking the life out of my veins leaving disease leaving me deranged and i wish i could eradicate you i wish that you would cease to exist i wish that i could put something in your place without you the world would be better than this but i know, i know that i need you i know that you give just as much life as you seem to take, to take for your own self oh jesus help me see the world i wake up just having fallen asleep to the itch just beneath that one piece of skin that i just can’t reach, i can’t reach that deep and i wonder how i could begin to really work for a way to eradicate you to find how how you could cease to exist i’m sure that something else would take your place and the world would be much better than this then i wonder wonder if i need you not for your food or your pollination but because you take you take for your own self exactly this kind of temptation then i know i know that i need you i know that you give just as much life as you seem to take, to take for your own self oh jesus help me see the world   follow a song about sheep If you walk away I will follow you to wherever you choose to lead i care less about figuring out what is safe for me than what we can do follow, i will follow you through the blizzard across the river follow, i will follow through the path takes many turns, oh i will learn follow, i will follow running, rolling, dodging through, i will follow you follow, i will follow If you walk away I will follow you to wherever you choose to lead I’m ruminating on gifts to offer you to keep you warm to keep you fed don’t take me away don’t take me away from you I’ve always been the one willing to die for you
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13:11
everyone a song about elephants When I go to the store I forget, I forget at home on the door are the canvas bags and I know, oh I know, that they are the better way and I wonder why I let myself forget When I get to the checkout, across the aisle, across the aisle Someone’s putting groceries into canvas bags And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way And I wonder why I don’t take the example As I get out my card to pay The cashier says Hey now did you forget your canvas bags Hey now you need to remember We need everyone And then I think about the elephants in their parade, in their parade And how they work so hard to help each other remember And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way And I wonder when I’ll be able to recognize it In times of drought, In time of danger, they remember, they remember Where to find water and safety And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way. But trusting in the memory of each other And when an elephant dies They all gather round They touch trunks to their fallen friend They touch trunks and remember, that We need everyone

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Of Every Creature is the first full length album by the Anabaptist Bestiary Project; a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. ABP is a collection of vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University who delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. At their most modest they are a college rock band. At their most bold they are striking out a new path for theological reflection on nature and reorienting the religion/science debate by modeling both good theology and good science. They reflect on the things that ethologists and naturalists discover about the world and its creatures and then engage in a theological reflection about the behavior and place of these creatures in the world.

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released October 4, 2013

Anabaptist Bestiary Project:
Blake Zickafoose: Vocals
Joel Wildermuth: Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Kevin White: Bass
Erica Weston: Vocals
Zeke Tracy: Vocals
Elijah Tracy: Drums
Julia Thomas: Vocals
Sam Stucky: Drums, Vocals
Evan Skilliter: Bass and Electric Guitar
Brent Schroeder: Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Mary Schrag: Bass, Vocals
Jesse Maust: Mandolin, Accordian
Chris Jennings: Acoustic Guitar
Kim Corenlius: Vocals
Jonathan Luginbill: Bass and Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
Trevor Bechtel: Bass and Electric Guitar, Bouzouki, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Accordian

Recorded, Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Jonathan Luginbill
Assisted by Trevor Bechtel and Brent Schroeder
Studio Assistance and Support: Paula Luginbill, Doug Luginbill
Mastered by Jim Roll at Backseat Productions

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Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. ... more

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