Cumulo

by Darren Michaels

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While fans of green and equilibrium will still feel at home listening to Cumulo, they'll find a new dimension of depth in this conceptual jaunt through Rock, Pop, Electronica, Ambient and New Age. Cumulo also has a very polished feel from the slick album art to the warm and very tasteful mixes. Produced by Chris Moore and mastered by Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios, Cumulo is Darren Michaels' third solo effort and is a departure from his previous works as this album features for the first time vocals from Michaels on nine of the fourteen tracks.

As the title implies, every song in some way has something to do with the theme of clouds. In typical Michaels fashion, the tunes and even the album artwork are full of symbols and double meanings that may not be fully realized at first glance or first listen. Part of the fun is taking a time-out from the microwave-mentality of our modern day living to figure out the puzzle of Cumulo. However, the listener is never bogged down with Michaels' compositions and his lyrics are often thoughtfully uplifting.

Though obvious to most on the solo compositions, one may never guess every tune on this album is only electric bass guitar, drums, and vocals. Michaels never lets his technique and playing stifle the music or the theme allowing the willing listener to journey with him through the clouds.

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released November 19, 2008

Recorded partly by Darren Michaels at Studio Dud in his spare room in Decatur, Georgia USA. Record partly and mixed by Chris Moore at East Hall Studios in Fayettville, Arkansas USA. Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios.

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Track Name: Deluge
Your problems make no difference
To the wind
But if I life you up
You'd just freeze

But this is the lot you're given
So don't worry
Try to fill your days with joy and
Just breath

If freedom lies in choosing
Then there is no freedom
Because your only option is
To make a choice
But if you aren't doing it for love, brother
Then what's your reason?

We can't see that it matters
So just let it be what it is
So high above these ideas
Float away easily
And they're free
And we're free
And you're free
Track Name: Look Up
I see faces all around me
Funny how not one of them is smiling
Sometimes they nod and cross their arms
Sometimes they nod and cross their arms

I feel oh so very lonely
Strange that everyone feels it, too
Just look away
And gaze at the planks

Drift away in the space that my skin occupies
Grey matter captures moments in life
That have already slipped away
I look up
You look down
I look up
You look down

Why do we keep doing this to ourselves
When theres no one really listening?
Do we make believe?
And do they, too?

Drift away in the space that my skin occupies
No matter the disaster, I will pick up
And carry on anyway
I look up
You look down
I look up
You look down

Drift away in the space that my skin occupies
Gratitude and laughter are all I really got
They help me make it through everyday
I look up
You still look down
I look up
Why won't you look up?
Track Name: Gullywasher
Have you paid attention to what's been going on?
Hear, see, taste, touch, smell must of gone wrong
Consciousness flowing always going
To the next state of mind

Can you undo what they have put in you?

Question the roads paved before you could walk
We may not truely need them anymore
Careful what you put in some things can't be unlearned
Don't expect it to come out in the wash

Can you undo what they have put in you?

Gullywashers tend to uncover things inside of us that We did not expect to see
To stay alive is to cause another pain another pain
Every step forward is to steal someone else's gain

Can you undo what they have put in you?

Undo
Make it come clean
Can you undo?
Track Name: Thunderhead
What ifs and the maybes
Spin inside my head
I'm scared of where they'll take me
Fear they must be fed

Perhaps truth is such a simple thing
We cannot show it
To one another
When we see it

How can you be alone
With all this around you?
I think you're crazy to think
That it's all about you

All we have are memories
They come and go
But everything around else
We just can't see it
We cannot see it

So let it tumble to the ground
And fall apart
Only to reform again
The thunderhead

You are land and the land is you
You are made of music and
The music is partly you
Track Name: Days in the Sun
My mistakes are making me stronger
I will rise higher using
Leverage of opposition to have
Position without position

What will you do
With your days in the sun?
Will you be as those that came before
Or will you push?

Often replicated never obligated
To the ones saying, "Can't be done!"
It's a beautiful time to be breathing
It's a beautiful time to be breathing

What cha gonna do with your days?

What will you do
With your days in the sun?
Will you be as those that came before
Or will you push?
Track Name: Sideways
All I have left now is to shut my eyes
To the dancing dazzle of lights sent spinning.
A flash of white and I lose my breath.
Those once so bright
have now lost their colors.

The only freedom we have is we're powerless
Against the mess of planets colliding.
Forgive me for my selfishness,
But it seems like it's always stuck on my turn.

We fall sideways,
And we fall sideways.

Tilt back and to the left.
The buzz of something grinding.
My heads a mess and smoke chokes the sky
As my eyes glaze over.

This feeling is too big for human hearts.
I deepen my breath, but I'm only left gasping.
Wondering if whispers from nothingness
Can harden into meaning in my head.

We fall sideways,
And we fall sideways.

Seems absurd to clutch to words
That lives before were spent defining.
But to reevaluate and reassess
Only leads to more pondering.

We fall sideways,
And we fall sideways.
Track Name: Tangerine Horizon
Keep your eyes
on the tangerine horizon.
Don't let it get to you;
These burdens of your world.

With built in distractions,
You'll not realize and
Wonder what happened.
How dreams marginalize.

Like someone has tapped into your mind
And made a completely different you out of you.

Burn these days
To fuel the future fire.
But don't let it destroy you.
Keep your eyes on the orange sherbet skies.

Don't give up!
Don't give in!
Track Name: Shroud
There is a piece of truth inside of everyone.
Now imagine if they all combined.

You're as smart as the person next to you.
You're as strong as that person, too.
You're as weak as the person next to you.
You're as flawed as that person, too.
You're as confused as the person next to you.
You're as powerful as that person, too.
You're as helpless as the person next to you.
You're as ingenious as that person, too.
You're as misguided as the person next to you.
You're as in control as that person, too.
You need love like the person next to you,
So give love to that person, too.
You need love like the person next to you,
So give love to that person, too.

Just know there's something more.
Track Name: Blue
I think it matters too much to me
To be confused by what I see.
I stumble my path so aimlessly.
It seems I never find the answers I seek.

But I feel fine
When I see the blue in the sky
Above you.

You see the trouble with light deary
Is it's everything except what you see.
That's pretty much the problem with me,
Believing all the bad things in front of me.

But I feel fine
When I feel the wind blowing by
All around you.

The realest things are felt
And not just perceived.
So all that's left then
Is just you and me.

So I feel fine
When I feel the warmth in your smile
When you look at me.

You give me all I need to lead
The life I need to lead.
You give me all I need to lead
The life I need to lead.