Dylan Lloyd: Thankful and the Crimea Music Festival

January 12, 2012

I’ve been working with Chicago-born soul singer-songwriter and BMG/Radar/Bug artist Dylan Lloyd recently. One of our songs, “Thankful,” has just been released. Stream the entire song above, or own it by hopping over to iTunes!

“Thankful” is a co-write between me and Dylan. Over a few writing sessions, we came up with the haunting persistent vibe set up by an incessantly four-on-the-floor drum pattern augmented by a simple electric guitar part and a Rhodes. Dylan crafted much of the lyrical content around the topic of healing from depression and on gratefulness as an antidote to hopelessness:

The tears of a cloud formed an ocean of pain

I forgot how the sun felt on my face

You were too hard to reach, I was losing control

Till your light cast the dark from the seat of my soul

See the signs

Let it open up your eyes

Love your life

And be thankful for this time

The fall was a long way down but

I had to reach for something to believe in

You always believed in me

It was tearing me down from the inside out

Every wall that I built trapped in the sound

I was losing the fight and the will to survive

I let the sky unfold and show me the light

See the signs

Let it open up your eyes

Love your life

And be thankful for this time

The fall was a long way down but

I had to reach for something to believe in

You always believed in me

Words and Music by David Das and Dylan Lloyd

©2011 Das Bunk Music (BMI) / Radar/Bug/BMG Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Stream the entire song above, and buy it on iTunes or Amazon!

I’ve previously worked with Dylan as he represented the USA in the international 2011 Crimea Music Festival, singing another of his songs along with a cover version of Elton John’s “Sacrifice” which I produced for him. “Sacrifice” is also available on iTunes and Amazon.