The feeling received when you get to write about a friend is always warming. There are many memories stored from early teenaged mischief, debates, theoretical discussions about girls, support and genuine laughter. Now as we venture on our own paths in life staying connected is key to preserving our friendship. Now, as far as music goes, when you say the word "piano" Darien is the first person that comes to mind.
We met freshman year at Western Tech and in our school chorus. (Yes, I was a mean tenor ha!) Darien would evolve from singing, then playing and practically directing the entire choir. Now, being in the actual class wasn't always wonderful, but being around my friend made terrible days seem fun. (How many terrible days do you have at fourteen anyway, real life trumps that!?)
As we got older our bond grew stronger and as we parted ways for higher education we stayed in touch, almost make it habitual to call, text and check up. In the midst of adulthood and busy lives it has been a blessing to have a friend, and I consider myself beyond lucky to even have the many other close and amazing friends that support me.
Now, Darien has traveled across the country and around the world doing what he loves. His hands connected to keys, his mind painting mosaics of beautiful art using the colors of sound. Darien has recently played on stage with Stevie Wonder, wrote music for many of the great R&B artists you hear and love and still remains to be the same man I know. Success can change others, but Darien's grind and struggle has enabled him to proudly claim his accomplishments and remain humble.
I could keep going because we dig deep. I hope the photos speak the rest of his story.