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Hi, hi, this is Kavalier Calm. My friends call me KC. I manage the Crowdsource Inspiration (CI) project at crowdsourceinspiration.tumblr.com
CI is the thought-engine and soundboard for my songwriting. I enjoy writing songs, but often I don’t know what to write about. That’s where all of you come in. See, I’m full of fuel, unspent energy waiting to be burnt up. But I need a spark to ignite, so I stumble my way through blogs, looking for inspiration in the crowd; thus, I crowdsource inspiration (clever, right?). I could be inspired by a photograph, a small bit of poetry, or anything, really. A part of the fun is I don’t know what will inspire me next. Sometimes—my favorite times—I’m inspired directly by you. If you submit a request and tell me a story from your life, I will do my very best to write a song for you. My best work has been inspired by brave people opening up to me.
Though the music created under the CI project is certainly not always life-changing or even “good”, it is always well-intentioned (which is something special, really). It should be noted that my operation is low budget, so the recordings made in the CI studio will sound amateur, grainy, and unpolished; it should also be noted that this is wonderful because I favor minimalism in all things. The songs will usually only feature my voice, lyrics, and guitar. At CI, the music rarely expresses Wilde-esque, Victorian sentiments. That is, I do not make music merely for music’s sake. Because I am usually answering to some inspiration, some muse (all of you), my work often has a purpose—a story to be told to anyone who will listen. Won’t you listen?