"The name of the mixtape is Dream Soda (Soda stands for “So others do also”) I made it because I felt as if dreaming was being kinda shunned within the christian community so I just wanted to put something out for the people that have dreams and are still dreaming. I also wanted to go back to the core of what my music is creatively and go back to making songs because I liked them and not because of what someone may think.
The concept of the mixtape is: I’m going through this old vhs tape entitled “Dream Soda”. On the cover you see a rewind, pause, record, play, and fast forward button. This line of buttons represents “life”. The pause button and the rewind button both represent the past and how sometimes we should pause and reflect on what we’ve been through to get where we are. Then there’s the play and the fast forward buttons, those represent the future, and how no matter what happened in out past we must continue to go on with life and move towards the future. The fast foward button also means “futuristic” and how things are advancing so rapidly (i.e. Technology). The middle button (which is the record button) represents our Heart and also God (how he should be the center of my life) but back to the heart : Our hearts record everything and we must do everything we can to guard it. As you can see there is no “stop” button because life never really stops…and I don’t think dreaming should stop either. Above the “life line’ you have a cloud. The cloud represents my dreams and how crazy they can appear to the people that see them. It also represents the mood of the mixtape tape.
It’s a simple mixtape but it’s complex at the same time. The cloud is outside of the life line because even though I have dreams that I cherish, my gain from the dreams are still temporary and won’t last forever. I wanted the mixtape cover to be very simple, I really love nigo (founder of BAPE) since I was a kid and I’ve always wanted to do something that kinda gave me that same vibe (as far as artwork goes) So yea, that’s the explanation. I just wanted to give the people that have always liked the creativity in my music….just some raw music. The way I would do it so , I think it should be cool and creative as far as some of the songs." - Jerrell
Beauty and the Beast at the very beginning of the track, then a Christ-integrated message to top it all off. Nostalgic and Beautiful. To add more to the pie, the song and what it relates to is perfectly fitting for the theme of beauty in the midst of beastliness. It's just dope.
Thank God for this song. Donovan Lewis