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Celebrations is an irresistible fever-dream, an infectiously smooth anthem for the lovers, the dreamers, the makers. A heavy-hitting utopian vision of a world not far off, one where everything seems to fit into place and the kids are alright. Produced by label-mates LesMoss, this song is a perfectly crafted backdrop for the vibrant, commanding lyrics. An enigmatic lullaby, the harmonies wash over you like the first full moon after a long winter. When this song comes on, you can’t help feeling the connection to Daren Todd’s world as he drives you through the star flooded night. And with the whirlwind that was 2017 fading in our rearview, who wouldn’t want to move forward, into this glittery future-vision that Daren Todd paints so eloquently with his rhymes.
I see celebrations when we make it
I see all my babys body glistening and naked
I see all my money stacked as high as i can take it
I see all my brothers with pockets no longer vacant.
Run run little children, taste fruits of the vine, dirt all through your fingers, life all on your mind, why make a decision, you got all the time, let all that you’re feeling sink into your mind, instinct to follow grew up with sorrow, threw up your hands and wait for tomorrow hope that the man can see that you borrowed time just to plan for all that your heart holds.
Nevermind the syrah on my lips sweeter with time, deeper than roots from the hilltop vine, drunker than you but I feel just fine, sleep with my boo till half past nine, rise with a purpose, steppin out shirtless, sun shining down from the sky to the earth it’s all that I prayed for, all that i saved for, all that ache for, but l I feel just fine, beanie for heat and a blunt for the ride. Down city streets with a buck twenty five. Down to the teeth but upwards we strive.
In search of my brother he faded away
Remember his eyes were a cold shade of gray
Ghosts from within me who know me from home
Invoking this pity i feel every day,
toast to my city while peeling away from the curb by the kiddy pool ymca,
drinking so much that my liver decay,
anxiety deep that my mind can't assuage, smoking reefer like everyday
chasing the feeling of stupid and dumb of reckless and young,
just drown in my problems, drunk and teenaged.
Woke up hungover with stains on my shirt, drunk off my slumber, aware of my worth but never taught ,numbers could swear that my birth had happened in summer, cuz winter comes slow this side of the coast,
we pray for the rain cuz it wont ever snow,
luck doesn't come to who needs it the most,
its dryer here now then in 2004,
twelve years now I been searching for more….
released January 12, 2018
Written and Performed by Daren Todd // Feat. Sage
Produced Mixed and Mastered by LesMoss
Illustration by Daren Todd
Design and layout by Anthony DeMarco