By Kevin Alan Lamb
Bob Dylan is my favorite poet, and “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” runs through my veins the very way Marcus Mumford awakes my soul. In this very moment it has occurred to me that Dylan will be the author of my next tattoo.
(Related: Don’t Think Twice)
My wandering and wondering soul has always found a home in Dylan’s rasp, which aided me on my journey to discover the man I have become. Drawn to the road, the ocean, fading lights and aching stars, his poetic longings opened my mind and heart to the possibility of being for others, what he is for me, and so many wide-eyed romantics, burning like the stars to which we gaze, and chase. Dylan fueled my search for the answer, to the question, of whether true greatness poured from the endless well, that is my passionate soul. He helped me find the voice, that so many of you, have grown to lean on for a contact dose of inspiration, positivity, and consistency in an inconsistent world.
Marcus Mumford is my favorite musician. His words have helped activate the voice Dylan ensured I find. On my back, and a day that soon approaches, the cover of my first memoir, his lyrics, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life” reside, etched into my being, and life force, an enhancement to my heat signature and DNA.
When I first discovered this cover on Daytrotter, I grew weak in the knees, shed a tear, and melted. It was the serendipitous collision of the man I hoped to be, and the man that I am. It serves as the precipice of a great wave, traveling from one end of the earth to another, crashing into one another and dancing wildly for the moment of shared space, and lifetime thereafter.