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  • I recently met Jessica, and she told me about her blog Hashtag Hearts where she posts couples’ love stories. We agreed it would be fun if I wrote songs about some of the stories, and Virginia and Forrest’s definitely jumped out at me. Virginia sees their meeting as fate, and I can’t help but agree that a bunch of small things had to happen just right for them to ever meet. Everyone’s love story is like that, and that’s what makes love so special. I was thinking about how special this is, and this little song just plopped out of my head. The lyrics are built around the concept of fate, and I included small details from their story like the “hurdle” the heart jumps (because Virginia is a track and field athlete) and the metaphor about an island at sea (because they met at a beach). I hope you enjoy it, friends. Free downloads of this song are on my Bandcamp page here. If you like my work, please like my musicians page on Facebook and send me a message about it. Much, much love! — Kavalier

         Fate

    I don’t know who to thank for meeting you.
    Lots of small moments added up to make us two.
    Somehow it feels like it was always meant to be.
    That’s why if you look up “fate” in the dictionary, you’ll see:
    you and me.

    We grew up thousands of miles apart,
    each and every one a hurdle for the heart.
    But some magic magnet pulled you to me.
    CHORUS

    I was just a tiny island in the sea,
    prepared to live the long life of the lonely.
    But of all the shores, you washed up on my beach.
    CHORUS

    I stared at pictures of the blogger at bakaguts and brainstormed—with lots of mind-thunder and lightning—and when the storm calmed, this song was playing softly. Much love. — Kavalier

         Your Parts

    Do those brown eyes see what they do to me?
    Does that soft skin feel the rhythm in my chest?
    'Cause you don't know the power of your parts
    and how they weigh on my heart.
    Do those ears hear how my body screams?
    Does that mind think about being with me?
    CHORUS

    Just made a pot of coffee so I can stay up until the sun rises building my set lists for when I start playing live next week. I think I’ll record several videos for my YouTube channel while I’m doing this. Do any of you have a favorite song you want me to make a video of?

    Today’s song is for Amber and Zach and everyone else in a long distance relationship. Amber told me they are tired of being apart, but they know patience is the key. So I wrote a song about being patient—about having a love that waits. Good luck to everyone else who’s waiting to be with the person they love. Trust me, it’s worth it. Free downloads of this song are here, and you can watch me perform it on YouTube here. Much love. — Kavalier

       A Love That Waits

    I crave your touch, but I only feel you near my ear.
    Your voice travels as sound waves and begs me to hear.
    Love is a locked door, and patience is the key.
    But my patience wears thin without you next to me.

    And I know the future seems far away,
    but our love is a love that waits.

    When we’re together, I freeze us in time.
    But I need more than smiles in a box of 3x5s.
    Love is a string that invisibly binds,
    but I want to see it as two bodies entwined.
    CHORUS

    We’re miles and miles apart, but our hearts are close.
    CHORUS

    Pretty damn stoked about the song I’m going to post for you all in a bit. It’s called “Poppy”—the flower, not your grandpa.

    I write songs
    because a part of me believes they are spells.
    I wring every ounce of magic I can
    from notes and the spaces between them.
    I use sound waves to shine a light
    on life’s dark places.
    I do not know what I’m searching for with sound,
    but I will when I find it.

    Singing is the voice’s gentle way of making love;
    it reaches out with trembling notes until it finds someone to touch.

    Dear friends, for your streaming/downloading pleasure, I just released my two-track single The Way You Weigh On My Heart on SpotifyiTunes, and Bandcamp. I wrote the title track for the beautiful Kenzie at vodkacupcakes; it’s about loving a girl who doesn’t always love herself. The second track is for the lovely Rachel at eclecticpandas; it’s about a girl who’s so beautiful I can hardly walk. As always, friends, thank you for listening. Much, much love. — Kavalier

    I wrote a sad song about love tonight. Surprise, surprise. Enjoy, friends. — KC

         You Aren’t The One She Wants

    Maybe it’s the way I talk: I mean what I say.
    Maybe it’s the way I quiet when the world is gray.

    I can hear the voice in my head:
    you aren’t the one she wants.

    Maybe it’s the way I want what’s skin deep.
    Maybe it’s the way I wear my heart on my sleeve.
    CHORUS

    Maybe I’ll survive.
    But maybe she’s just right
    for me.
    CHORUS

    Tonight’s song is for the lovely Cynthia at the-essence-of-greatness. In her submission she told me that she is “a rebel without a cause.” For example, she once skipped class to go to the library. I thought it’d be fun to write a love song for a girl like Cynthia, one whose actions mark her as a free spirit, but a harmless one—one looking for some direction (and hopefully that direction would be me). Note how the first line in each verse describes a rebellious action, while the second one reveals it’s not that rebellious, really. Fun lyric trick. And I got back to my roots with this one; just used my guitar and belting voice and recorded in one take. Enjoy, friends. Much love. — Kavalier Calm

         Rebel Without A Cause

    She cuts class like other kids—
    for a library visit.
    She spends more money than she should—
    on her friends.
    She never says thank you—
    she hand writes thank you cards.
    She wants to run away to see the world—
    then come back.

    She’s a rebel without a cause,
    and I’d like her cause to be me.
    She is a free spirit,
    only she can’t see…

    She takes naps during class—
    to dream about poetry.
    She picks up every penny she finds—
    for charity.
    She only laughs at jokes she likes—
    she’s easily amused.
    She’s never loved anyone—
    besides everyone she meets.

    Her wings may be clipped,
    but she still flies.
    Nothing can stop that girl
    when she sets her mind.
    CHORUS

    The blogger over at mylittleheart-x told me she is struggling to choose between two loves (which is lucky, really, because most of us can’t even find one). I decided to write a song about the problem with having to make such a choice—about, naturally, wanting to keep both. Again, I’ve been playing with Fruity Loops to build fuller songs; I enjoy the individual tracks, but their melding is a bit clumsy. Learning, learning. Enjoy, friends. Much love. — Kavalier

         Don’t Make Me Choose

    I’ve got options:
    one in the left hand,
    one in the right,
    and I shouldn’t take both,
    but I might.

    I can flip a coin or draw straws,
    but I’d rather be greedy and have it all.
    Girls don’t make me choose
    between you or you.

    Try choosing between 
    water or air, heart or mind—
    a man needs both to survive,
    and I need you both at night.
    CHORUS

    For so long it was just little old me;
    now I have more than I could ever need.
    CHORUS

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