Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chames - Last Call (Candid Music Video)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Adaptation Part 2 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Jeanne Fry
Pages turn... Chapters end
Where does the next chapter begin?
Chapters end... Pages turn
Bridges burn.

Stuck in repentance
The lack of adaptation is a death sentence
A penalty prolonged by denial
And an awaited revival

But there's no revival of the past
Only memories...
And latching onto the past is dependency
It is Death.

Adaptation is how you survive
Adaptation is being alive

-Jon Chambers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chames - Last Call (Music)

Last Call is a feel-good and soulful Spring/Summer anthem, and is the first single off of Chames' upcoming double mixtape "Saturday"/"Sunday."  This track will be featured on the Saturday tape.  Saturday is more upbeat with party anthems, while Sunday is more introspective with serious messages.  The double mixtape will be released on May 1, 2015.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nick Arter & Chames - The Colors (Music) {Mixtape}

 This mixtape is a journey through the minds of two money crazed bachelors, ready to see what the world has to offer. The tape takes the listener inside of the minds of the two young adults, who are stuck in between being young and growing up. The music is sometimes motivational, sometimes misogynistic, and sometimes egotistical, but it provides a realistic depiction of the mind of a young adult living in America in 2015. This tape doesn't only give give you one side of the story, but it rather gives you the entire spectrum of how these specific beliefs come to be engrained into our heads. The Colors. Twiter: Chames (@Chambersthepoet) -- Nick Arter (_@NickArter)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monopoly (Poetry)

Artwork by: Alec
 Welcome back to the platform of truth
No bass drums just the rhythm of the youth
No hi hats just 3 goals and some turf
Some kick it with the keys until they discover worth
When the keys are illegal it's hard to stay above ground
Ironically the customers are higher than the clouds
Because we live in a country where we're focused on the Dow
Not the future of our children, we're just focused on the now
Where you have to buy a ring just to read wedding vows
You can spin the wheel of fortune but you have to buy the vowels
We buy garments so we're spotted like a cow
Just to see people's necks turn like an owl

This is what we created
A world of egos and the heavily sedated
It's a monopoly game... some people hate it
Even though it's fictitious... I still wanna play it

-Jon Chambers

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chames - Root of Evil EP (Music)

Take a journey with Chames through the ups and downs of a quest for money, riches, and the evils that can become prevalent as a result.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Adaptation (Poetry)

Artwork by: Jose' Roosevelt
Feelings change like seasons do
From colorful leaves to barren branches
Everything is a cycle

Going against your feelings is going against the season
Expired relationships spoil like milk
The taste is sickening

Exposed skin and beach clothes in the coldest winters…
Adapt or be stricken with disease
Be mentally aware or seek reactive prayer
Die on your feet or live on your knees

Feelings change like seasons do
Don’t refuse to change when your feelings do

-Jon Chambers

Monday, April 14, 2014

God for Sale (Poetry)

Artwork by: Stephen Hall
There once existed a troubled and lost soul
Depression grabbed hold of everything she thought was true
She looked at spiritual people with jealousy
She wanted the inner peace of God that they had

So she went to a guru and said "show me a sign...
Show me how I can be at peace and be one with the divine
Teach me your ways... everything I need to know."
The guru laughed... because he knew there was nothing to show

But since she insisted... the guru saw the light
He waited until her eyelids were at rest for the night
He approached her at gunpoint... aimed at her chest...
And demanded her inner God to exit her flesh
And it did... so the guru threw it in a bag
He put it in a box and then marked it with a tag

The guru came back at dawn... and when he arrived
He sold her the inner God for $19.95

-Jon Chambers

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Path to Immortality Part 2 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Liviu Sava

She asked me what this was all about
What was life about?
Why go through unnecessary struggles?
Why not just submit yourself to death?
It's all a big nothing, she said

She didn't understand that she has the power
The power to create, evolve, and devour
She didn't understand that everybody experiences life differently
Perception is reality... and there are no consistencies

She didn't understand that she'd never have the opportunity to see and observe the three dimensional world through her unique point of view ever again.

She didn't see the beauty in that.

Sure she had dreams...
But they were dreams that she only dreamed while she was alone
Fearful that society would turn them to stone
And even if she reached her dreams... she would die anyway
So why not die today?

She didn't realize she was the stars, moon, and sun
She didn't realize that everything was one
She didn't realize that her realized dreams could shape the world for many moons to come

A deferred dream is a bird that never leaves the nest
Realized dreams don't die with the flesh

-Jon Chambers

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Skeletons and I Part 3 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Titian
They told him he was perfect
He didn't believe it...
But maintaining his image was worth it

One day his skeletons were discovered
The skeletons he once smothered
Disguised by the lies that he told undercover

He hunted down the person who would soon expose his bones
Chased him down through the dessert until they were alone
Beheaded him and dug a hole to conceal
Anything to prevent his bones from being revealed

So he maintained his image of perfection
The same image he's had since an adolescent
The fact that he killed a man remained unknown
He killed a man and gave himself more skeleton bones

They told him he was perfect
He didn't believe it...
But maintaining his image was worth it

-Jon Chambers

Friday, October 11, 2013

El Jefe (Poetry)

Artwork by: Mike OBrien
His affiliations have affirmed his seat on the throne
Now he is king...
Now his ego trips over every compliment
He trips... falls... lands on his knees
But he will not repent

He pledged to be the savior but is now the oppressor
He sheds tears at the thought of a successor
He wants to reign forever... like the King of the Jews
And teach people submission as they listen from their pews

He's worse than an addict of heroin or cocaine
He's not addicted to the drugs... he's addicted to the game
He's not addicted to the money... he's addicted to the fame
But the pearly gates might not recognize his name

His righteousness is gone...
His moral compass has been devoured
All for the love of power

-Jon Chambers

Monday, September 2, 2013

Chames - The Fountain of Youth (Music) {Mixtape}

This mixtape is a versatile display of song writing, lyricism, and story telling. When you listen to Chames, expect to hear everything from introspection, to ego-driven lyrics, to spirituality, and above all else.. the plight and triumphs of a young adult trying to navigate his way through life as he is honest with all of the thoughts and emotions that come along with it whether they be good or bad.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chames - EnicE & Chames '13 Freestyle/Mixtape Trailer (Music)

The Fountain of Youth Mixtape Trailer

EnicE & Chames '13 Freestyle

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Carry on Tradition Part 3 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Dan Lacey
What was God thinking when he wired their brains?
Their concrete brains immune to change…
How dare him make me think I was the one insane

He surrounded me with group thinkers
Their preferences are tradition and submission
Believing outdated fairy tales their parents would tell
Quoting all this scripture and condemning me to Hell
Am I the one that’s crazy?
It’s getting hard to tell

This is the way the world is
That’s what they say…
This is the way that the world shall be
They even said it was flat one day

The truly wise admit their ignorance
And they search for holes within the system
That’s hard to accomplish if you carry on tradition

-Jon Chambers

Monday, June 24, 2013

Carry on Tradition Part 2 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Halena Tiainen
Do you feel protected by the lies you've told?
Maybe you are...
Maybe you aren't affected by the truth's gravity
If that old saying is true: "perception is reality"

We all have our own worlds to get lost in
We all have our own ways to articulate meaning
Corrupted by the opinions of our fathers
Corrupted by the opinions of their fathers
But they could never be the blame
Because we'll soon play that same game

Letting our opinions alter the youth's perception
Proving the perception that we're all connected

-Jon Chambers

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Next Level (Poetry)

Artwork by: Mark Bryan
The perpetual forward looker is a lonely man
He can never enjoy the future for which he planned
He needs to prepare himself for the next level...

We are always taught to prepare for the next level
Prepare for the next phase...
First is only there to prepare you for second grade
Then they prepare you for high school… prepare you for college…
Prepare you for a job... the slavery and bondage…
And that's just there to prepare you to retire…
But what did you truly desire?

Because everybody's story ends the same
Wrinkly and stiff as they view your remains
The future you were planning for never came
The future you were planning for is now a grave

The perpetual forward looker is a lonely man
He can never enjoy the future for which he planned
There’s always a "next level" that he can’t grasp with his hands...
Blinding him from the task at hand

-Jon Chambers

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Carry on Tradition Part 1 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Kuldip Degon
Why do they put us in this position?
Plagued by a deep-rooted duty to carry on tradition
If you don’t… the elders will expose you
It becomes an insincere apology…
You only do it because you were told to
Because you are “supposed to”
The elders were close-minded…
Don’t let their peer pressure allow your mind to close too

When you conceive your own child…
And eventually give birth…
The child will thank you for breaking the curse

-Jon Chambers

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Runaway Mind (Poetry)

Artwork by: Marcin Jakubowski
They wish to know if I’ve lost my mind
My answer is that I’m unsure
It does wander away from time to time
Although I thought I locked the door

It always comes back home…
So that it may restore the factory settings to my brain
Ever since I jail-broke it… it’s never been the same
And even though I welcome the change…
It comes back home…
Because we were meant to be together

I just hope one day it doesn’t travel too far...
And end up lost forever

-Jon Chambers

Saturday, April 13, 2013

20/20 (Poetry)

Artwork by: Callum
20/20 vision does nothing at the speed of light
The speed of light is similar to the night
Dark and overridden with fear
I desire to see things clear
But I move too fast...
I'm conquered by speed demons
Infiltrating my psyche with pretentious priorities
Paralyzingly my eyelids perpetually

They say hindsight is always clear...
In hindsight you have no irrational fears
In hindsight you have slowed down to witness the present
Or rather what was once the present...
Because when you were in its presence you weren't actually present
You were racing into the future
But the future is something we can never catch
It beats us every time...
Game.  Set.  Match.

Still the mind and regain your sight
20/20 vision does nothing at the speed of light

-Jon Chambers

Monday, March 25, 2013

Jigsaw (Poetry)

Artwork by: Sally Pollard
She wants to fix what isn't broken
Puzzle pieces morphing with time...
Nothing to fix...
The pieces no longer fit

And if we somehow formulated a master plan
involving surgically altering the pieces
so that we can ring wedding bells and abide by the holy scriptures...
The pieces that fit together would create the wrong picture

If there's something to fix...
The pieces don't fit
These aren't the only two pieces that exist
Go with the flow of the river...
There are way too many fish

-Jon Chambers

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Altered Destiny (Poetry)

Artwork by: Akiane Kramarik
Can our destiny change?
Or will it always remain?
Or do we hide it behind white collars in exchange for dollars?
When is the choice given to ignore or explore?
And if one explores and walks through destiny's door...
Is he tied down to it like a slave?
Is destiny psychological whips and chains?
Or can our destiny change?

Maybe since the past is a virgin to change

And since the future is untraveled terrain...
We only have one destiny to obey...
Our destiny today

So does our destiny change?
It does... but it doesn't
We just thought our destiny yesterday would be our destiny tomorrow
But it wasn't

We only have one destiny to obey...
Our destiny today

-Jon Chambers