When considering the intrinsic nature of beauty it becomes evident that while there is beauty in all things, perceived beauty lies in the eyes, head and heart of its beholder. Surely we can encourage those deterred by doubt and remind them of his or her beauty, but like all things, happiness and belief is a choice, opportunity, and responsibility that many neglect. We are measured in this lifetime by our commitments and fortitude when struggle impedes our ability to follow through. Our commitment to ourselves should be no different than our commitment to others and that which we love. Despite our tendency to play Devil’s Advocate within the constructs of our perception, it is imperative that we seek to reconcile the discontent that looms in our hearts which finds a somber solace in our deconstructive pessimism and sought suffering. No matter the brisk winds and cool rains that blow upon your face, the sparkle and delight of the shining sun will find your skin once more, and tip toe upon it the very way you dance upon the earth’s floor with joy in your heart. We can only be one with this earth and those who walk upon it when we are one with ourselves. A mind and body undivided will heal through harmonizing with the syncopated rhythms that push and pull us towards balance, peace and efficiency. If your doubt trumps your joy then you must take the necessary time and energy to discover not only the source of such crippling doubt, but also consider what perpetuates an absence of joy.
After completing a three week tour with Tough Mudder, working 22 days straight, mostly 10-14 hour days filled with manual labor and challenges I’m not accustomed to, it brings me great solace to be gazing out the window of my new neighborhood coffee shop (office) and reflecting over one of the greatest summers and years of my life. New challenges and variety force us out of our routines- which are comforting -but often result in laziness and the tendency to take blessings for granted. New experiences remind us to practice gratitude for the little things we love yet tend to overlook as the sands of time shape our spirit and attitude. Find a way to challenge your routine and you may discover just what you’re looking for behind a door previously unopened. As imperative as routine can be for helping us navigate hard times, dependency is often created in the prolonged period that looms after overcoming challenges, before making a definitive plan of where to commit your energy next. While I have never been one to document my goals with a corresponding timeline, everyday I commit my intentions to words and deposit them into this realm as a means of positive projection. In a period of time plagued by those who fail to follow through on their commitments, there are few intentions I commit to word that are not made realities. Positive projection serves as my checks and balances to ensure I am growing into and not fleeing from the man I wish to be and am. Speaking our intentions is noble and increases the internal desire to see things through. A man’s word is his bond and a man ‘s actions that give credence to his words will tell a story much greater than of personal accomplishments but integrity and vision.
To lead you must be willing to follow: here I am trying to retrace the immeasurable trail of breadcrumbs left behind the inspired and devout on their ascension towards tangible peace and enlightenment. I walk the path of 100 men in 100 different pairs of shoes, sandals, and experiences. I listen to the music I love and share it with the people I love and will soon be articulating its ability to elicit transcendent emotion, while sharing the collections of moments made personal and into stories through my deep connection to the people, places, and settings which allowed for their perception. Our understanding of love evolves with our passion for music which illuminates a deep and intense spectrum of emotion and vulnerability through transparency and likeness through longing. I am but one of many conduits between the common and the spectacular, serving as a portal for those who seek a deeper level of richness in both relation and expression of that which they love and desire. My innate silly nature allows for me to be the man I am, living in this reality that becomes stranger by the breath. My volunteered surrender of a degree of my privacy has cast me into the public eye in which immense love and gratitude has collided in an epicenter of multidimensional narratives connecting hundred of thousands of souls in a pure and intimate fashion. My hopes and dreams are being paid forward by previous strangers who with every intentional act of goodness grow closer to family and the brethren I seek peace for! Our quality has simultaneously been given a symbol and anonymity giving passionate souls that burn fervently a satellite to boost their beacon and shield to protect them from the storm. Much will be made of our efforts but I write these words to always remind me that none of this was possible without the beauty and interconnectivity of all sentient beings and their overwhelming desire to depart from this realm having made a positive imprint on those they were blessed enough to tango aside along the way.
My name is Kevin. I am 29, white, 6’7, former collegiate athlete, dreamer, lover and hopeful romantic. For most of my life my friends and even family didn’t think I was making anything of myself; for most of my life my father told me to get a haircut and get a job; for most of my life the people that love me most wished I’d stop giving myself to ideas and causes that didn’t return the certain promise of money. It’s a difficult thing to believe in yourself and your dreams: it’s even more difficult when the ones you love insist that you’re wasting your time, talents, and passion on things that they’re certain will condemn you. Despite the lack of support from the places I would have loved it the most, I endured. I continued to pursue my passion and with the help of the music that inspired me, I decided to make it my life. It was rarely easy but always worth it. I believe it is a tragedy that artists and other creatives receive so little support in their pursuit of their love, passion, and ultimate choice to make their “vocation their vacation”, Mark Twain.
Our biggest shortcoming as a species is our inability to commit: to ourselves, to our passion, and to the ones we love. For too long we have been letting one another and ourselves down and it’s not acceptable. I have made the decision to concern myself with the well-being of our species, the well-being of our planet, and it’s how I plan to spend my time while here on this earth. It’s not always easy but I’m working on letting go of my ego, my desire to be with a woman I love, and fulfill my benevolent duty as a citizen of a world community. For years I was laughed at for carrying my Good Sign with me everywhere I went; for years I was underestimated and judged for a vision that was burned upon my retina, and impossible to surrender. The world will shame you at every moment’s opportunity, carry on anyway; your friends and family will scrutinize you for believing in something bigger than yourself and them, believe anyway; struggle will plague and attempt to define you, love anyway!
These days it’s difficult for me to write without tears in my eyes. I am a pretty happy person but I feel the weight of the world melting as I strike my fingers to these keys. With Nahko and Medicine for the People playing in my headphones, I am gifted all the courage I need to proceed from line to line. I don’t write as often as I should but I’m working on it. I am living my philosophy, passion, and writing my story with my choices and actions. My roommate is the most beautiful woman I know. She is tall, she is kind, she cares, she helps the desperate, she is Bosnian, she was forced to flee from her country because of genocide, she loves the music that I do, she loves the beer that I do, she loves the people that I do, she loves those worth loving, and she is gay. If you have a problem with the way another loves, I have a problem with you. If you believe that anyone endures a life of scrutiny, hardship, and abuse by choice, you’re an idiot! If you have ever been misunderstood to the point that it made your soul ache, I ask you to reconsider your stance on a matter that doesn’t affect you, yet you affect it. Our neglect and purposeful hate is contributing to the abuse of spectacular human beings that have done nothing but love to receive it. It took us a long time and the help of a great man, Abe Lincoln to abolish slavery, yet we’re still readily willing to enslave gay men and women with our close-minds and bigotry. Open your heart and open your mind and you will discover love and all of its possibilities. Gift another the blessing of belief and acceptance and you will discover yourself and your potential. I believe that you can be better but I cannot walk by your side to always remind you. I believe that you can grow but my belief is irrelevant without your own. Let us stand up for our fellow humans and support them the way we wished the ones we love had once supported us; let us evolve and reflect the image of the person we wish to project to our children; let us surrender our hate and misconceptions of the way love ought to look. We can be so much better and it’s time we start acting like it. Goodness will change your life if you open your heart and feel it. Light will infect and inspire you once your eyes are open and willing to see it. It is time to heal the individual and the masses; it is time to show up for the ones we love, and may one day love. I am not asking you to walk alone, but to walk with me. Let us take one baby step at a time towards a mutual beneficial awakening; let us advance your position despite struggle and scrutiny; help us shape a world we wished we lived and loved in.
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A Good Sign for someone who hasn’t see one in some time. A Good Sign for eyes that have been filled with tears
A Good Sign for a heart grown weary with the years
Kind eyes for a soul that has searched for reciprocity in them
Gentle touch for those willing to reveal their blush
Honest words for those too often subject to relative truth
Inspiration to invigorate joy forgotten since youth
A reminder of dreams forgotten
An assurance no soul condemned to be rotten
Hope in a simpler and better way
Help for which you simply have to ask for, not pray
A friend when all else have seemed to stray
A smile when your immediate company employs perpetual frown
A reason to get up when all you want to do is stay down
Good Signs help me connect with the soul of another
These days I say I love you more, ‘how can I help you brother?’
Family not by blood, but in love
Likened by the desire to help set free from the burden of doubt and misery
Love will mean different things to you and me
But surely any man can see the benefit of a world more happy and friendly
Forgive your enemy and unshackle yourself of their poisoned well
Lift others and experience flight in return
Learn from your shortcomings and accept responsibility in both failures and success
Don’t be so certain your sensitivity is a weakness and a negative product of the delicate organ within your chest
Live by example and be careful not to trample on the dreams of those you love
When hope runs dry look to those who have always stood by you, before a symbolic kingdom in the clouds above
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He didn’t know love until he tasted it
Good thing it didn’t find him then because he would have wasted it
Too busy chasing dreams in the place of it
Climbing mountains until he learned to fly
They told him he couldn’t change the world but he slept better knowing he wouldn’t have to tell his kids he didn’t try
Nothing worth anything happens overnight
When they tell the tale of good vs evil there will only be two sides to the fight
With one foot in and one foot back, you might of well as stayed lying on the tracks
He was given the gift of life to tell a story of a train bound for glory
He was given a Good Sign as a device for those Bob Dylan spoke to when he said “don’t think twice”
He didn’t know love until he tasted it
It’s a good thing it didn’t find him because he would have wasted it
When his kids ask how he changed the world he’ll tell them it was because he was busy chasing dreams in the place of it.
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–My songwriting ability is improving… I wrote this driving back from my best friend’s wedding in Pittsburgh this weekend.
Get busy livin
Get busy lovin
Shake your ass and move your feet cuz good times are comin!
We all have worries
We all have doubts
There is immense light within us
And it’s time we let it out
Been fighting the good fight now
Twenty eight years strong
Been working on finding my voice
Hiding my love away in songs
I’m a positive person some people say
Was it a choice or did God make me this way?
I write these words with tears in my eyes
Heading west on the freeway
Heading home to a place that won’t be much longer
Optimistic for what’s to come
The road ahead to make me stronger
And the Hunger in my heart to carry me farther
Some people hoard wishes
Others stockpile debts
I sweat my way to autonomy
Lived for more than sex
Busy chasing dreams
I was laughed at for having
A choice and commitment to build an army
That will never harm me
Sure I have scars
Probably more than most
But I find a way to carry on
Not busy chasing ghosts.
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By Kevin Alan Lamb
Won’t you come on darling
It’s time you come down darling
Plenty of good reasons for you to come on and come down darling
Come down to the beach and play with me
Come on darling, come dance, play and be free
Silly darling, can’t you see this is where you wish to be?
Let us plant like trees in the sea my darling
Let us grow old together washed in waves my darling
Let us hurt no more my darling
The water is warm my darling
The sun loves to dance on your skin my darling
Won’t you be my darling?
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We need each other
And we always have
Yet our wants have replaced our needs and dissolved the difference between the two
We are tremendous when working cohesively as a people
Capable of the most extraordinary, breathtaking and awe-inspiring actions
It’s time we as a people transform positive internal movement into traction
Let us celebrate the gifts we have been given without steppin’ on another man’s way of livin’
If his livin’ doesn’t hurt me you or me, what qualms do you have with his livin’ free?
Perhaps you need to ask yourself a difficult question or two
Has your once fervent, glowing joy turned to a hue of blue?
Does your soul hunger for passion and purpose — a cleansing of the worthless?
Are you weighed down by burdens carried at your side?
Perhaps it is time you bury your burdens in the ground
Pound-by-pound they will prevent you from taking flight
Leaders are fueled by vision independent of 20/20 sight
How long has it been since you felt the world inside your arms?
Are you broken or lifted by the love void or running wild in your veins?
Are you frequent to count your blessings or do you shower yourself in your suffering pain?
We must free ourselves if we hope to ever grow
With growth there are no bounds to the heights we can know
Such great heights shared by stargazers and servants of their imagination
Our dreams can be ours if we commit, collaborate, and practice patience
Limits were constructed to teach us how much more there is in us!
Sirens sing to sell our souls on notions based on dissonance and doubt that could fill endless oceans
But our fate is not left to the whispers and conjures of witches and their magic potions
Magic lies in our heart and souls if and when we believe in it enough to see it
Phenomena, wonder and love are inevitable once we decide what to be and go be it!
There is immense illumination and light inside of you if and only when you trust yourself to free it!
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