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Hi. I'm Kavalier Calm. I write songs and poems inspired by the people I meet on the internet. Ask, and I’ll write something for you. Really.
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  • As a lover, I’m a Darwinist…

    I scratched the word LOVE on paper yesterday, and noticed backwards it is EVOL…two letters short of EVOLVE. I still write by hand because of magical moments like this that are dependent on the physical, pencil-to-paper experience; letters and words are full of such wonderful coincidences. This coincidence startled me. I always say love is work. It’s something that adapts and changes over time between two people; it survives struggles and becomes stronger, more complex. Many people who can’t find love believe that it will just appear (i.e. love at first sight). That’s a passive, lazy way of finding it. I know it’s not very Romantic or Hollywood-friendly to say that love is something you build with someone you like, but in my experience, that’s the truth. If you are waiting for a Creationist moment—the “And then there was love”—you may be waiting a lifetime. I say you find another Darwinist: someone who wants to fight through the ups and the downs with you; someone who wants to be the fittest with you; someone who wants to survive with you—and for you. — Kavalier Calm

    My latest track “Eeveelution” combines the input from a number of fellow Pokemon lovers. I realized reading their song ideas that we are all essentially Eevees: normal-types who want to grow and evolve, be unique and different. We are searching for the special stone—the spark—that helps us find our true self. My song is about the many things that lead people to evolve, all told through references to classic episodes in the Pokemon anime. Some of us grow up because of a coming-of-age ritual (like Bulbasaurs), because of competitive spirit (like Ash’s Charmeleon), or because a mentor pushes us (like Lt. Surge); others grow up when they come in contact with a special, magical item. I evolved when I first held a guitar; maybe for you it was a paint brush, camera, or fresh ingredients to cook with? I hope my song encourages you to find whatever will help you evolve into your stronger, bolder form. I happily devote this song to gamermusic and weightless-hope for encouraging my Poke-songwriting, and to these bloggers for giving me lyric ideas: probablyadragon (Raichus rock!), purplebloodedmajesty (Eeveelution; how punny!), kingdomwho (Oak’s echoing words), nubville (Charmeleon’s rage), and -acrey (Volcarona’s Fiery Dance). Free downloads of this song are here, and you can stream it/comment on it on YouTube here. If you like my work, please share it with others, and be sure to check out my other songs, too. — Kavalier Calm

         Eeveelution

    All around me are normal type people:
    Eevees just waiting to evolve.
    We are all searching for a special stone
    that brings out the best in us.

    I want to be like Bulbasaur and let my bulb bloom
    and shoot my SolarBeam to the moon.
    I wish we were invited to an evolution ceremony
    that brings out the best in us.

    Maybe I can be motivated by jealous rage
    and learn to fly just like Charmeleon.
    We should find the Aerodactyl that wakes our inner Charizard,
    that brings out the best in us.

    Maybe I need a trainer like Lt. Surge,
    a man with a whole lot of guts.
    We need someone that pushes us to become Raichus,
    that brings out the best in us.

    Oak’s words echo in my head: “There’s a time and place for everything.”
    But I want to grow up, I want to evolve; I’m so tired of waiting.
    Anyone can be a Larvesta, the world is full of bugs;
    I want to be a Volcarona with a Fiery Dance; I want to be like no one ever was.

    To every Eevee listening to this song,
    I’m afraid its now through.
    This guitar and these words brought out the best in me,
    and I hope they bring out the best in you.