The Christmas Glow

a-charlie-brown-christmas1Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
We gathered round the tree
From many states
None to far
With not only our family
But also the friends who have grown
In our hearts

No state was to far
To feel the cheer
As we reminisced
And shared each special holiday cheer
We each carried in our hearts

Many say that Santa is not real
But this tis not true
Because Santa is not only a man in a red suit
With a long white beard
Santa is what we feel
Every time around this year

He is the warmth in our hearts
As we count the days till we can be home
To celebrate the warm holiday glow
With all our family and friends

He is the kindness we feel
All throughout our soul
Warmth and cheer
As we watch a small child
Experience their first snow
The warmth we feel as we sit
Around the fire aglow
Just smiling because our family and friends are near

This feeling we will carry
All year round
Each time we recall
Both an old and new Christmas memory
Waiting for the time
When more will be made

Till next Christmas my family and friends
Do not forget
The Christmas cheer can live all your round
Just let your heart feel it
And you will feel your heart and soul
Be set aglow with the warmth and love
From this time of year

Chasing Summer CD Release Party

Happy Music Monday,

Hey Music Lovers it has been a while since I last wrote and I do sincerely apologize.   But I promise the wait was well worth it  as I have come to love the term -it is Music Monday!   And hey Nashville, perk up those ears and mark those calendars for this Thursday, February 9th because you absolutely do NOT want to miss all the action at The Listening Room.

This Thursday, Chasing Summer will be taking the stage at The Listening Room for their CD Release Party.  The show begins at 8:00pm and you can get more details by clicking on your official invite, provided right here.   You’re Invited:   Chasing Summer CD Release Party  8:00 PM The Listening Room

Chasing Summer is comprised of Tammy Rochelle and Joseph Bamber.   This acoustic folk duo was born through a series of love story events. These two talented musicians share a beautiful journey and a romantic beginning unfolded before their eyes. A mutual friend introduced the two and after having a first date over crepes and coffee in Nashville, both knew something musical and magical was on the horizon.

In the short time since their clan destined meeting, Chasing Summer has already accumulated some substantial performances not only in the USA, but also in Europe.   Last year (2011), Joseph & Tammy performed in Nicaragua, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, as well as here at home in Nashville, a brilliant beginning for the blossoming talent of Chasing Summer.   Their performance credits include The World’s Fair Expo Pavilion of Hope (Hannover, Germany), Music City/ Country Music Marathon (Nashville, TN), and OneHope (Eastern Europe) just to name a few.   There is no sign of slowing down either!   Chasing Summer already has a packed summer tour overseas.

Be sure to mark your calendars and come out to see Chasing Summer this Thursday, February 9th  at The Listening Room.  You do not want to miss this amazing act!

 

Musically,

MusicLovinChels

What if She’s An Angel

Dear Slumber Sunday,

Today is gorgeous here in the heart of Country Music.   Well, the East Coast got pounded by Hurricane Irene and all the weather that comes with a 500 mile wide storm. Nashville has been rather peaceful and calm weather-wise.    Yesterday I volunteered for the first time with Habitat for Humanity.   And might I say, it was an experience which has changed my perspective of the organization and the people Habitat helps.

As many know, I have a song for every moment in life and the one in particular which fits perfectly with Saturday is “ What if She’s an Angel,” performed by Tommy Shane Steiner.   This song is reflective on how my perspective was changed.

As mentioned, Saturday was my first time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity so I only had a general idea of the operations of the organization, and I didn’t know much beyond the surface.   Habitat for Humanity is an organization helping to provide affordable housing for the poverty stricken and homelessness all around the world. I thought the houses were just given away, free, to the individual/s who would eventually be living in them. I was very much mistaken.

Fact #1 The future homeowners must pay the mortgage.   The house is one they will most likely live in forever due to financial circumstances.

Fact # 2, the homeowners invest their own time and sweat into the project of building the house.   On site yesterday, the future homeowner was working right alongside all of the  volunteers.   The team I assisted on was building a home for future homeowner, Edwin.   Edwin was a ray of sunshine the whole time.   You could see in his eyes how happy and excited he was about the house coming together.   I can only imagine all the other emotions running through Edwin.   Joy, excitement, accomplishment, pride, and I am sure many others.

Fact # 3, the homeowner must take a certain number of classes including financial management, how to be a good neighbor, how to be a good homeowner, and many others.   Habitat wants these homeowners to succeed.   The organization works with those who are willing and invested in making a change for a better life.

                                                         You can go on with your day to day
                                                    Trying to forget what you saw in her face
                                    Knowing deep down it could have been her saving grace
                                                                    What if she’s an angel

Saturday was an amazing day.   It is one that I will forever remember as well because of the friendships formed and the joy in my heart of seeing Edwin achieve his dream.   When you listen to the song think about the lyrics.

                                                        What if he’s an angel sent here from Heaven 
                                                 And he’s making certain that you’re doing your best? 
                                                                 To take the time to help one another.

I believe Edwin is an Angel and he was a way of reminding me to count my blessings everyday.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.

Musically,
Chelsea

Dan Ascanio: What Could Be

Happy Music Monday,

It feels good to be back in the writing mode again.   After being MIA y’all are in for a treat with the album I am listening to today.   It is a beautiful sunny day in Nashville and Dan Ascanio’s new album, “What Could Be,” fits perfectly.   If you are looking for a mix of Patrick Monahan (Train) vocals with the tender side of Jon Bon Jovi lyrics and a hint of Dashboard melodies and arrangements, look no further than Dan Ascanio.

Ascanio starts the album off with a piano and guitar driven track called “Addicted to Disaster.”   The lyrics and blend of arrangements keeps the listeners ear intrigued as the song tells of a relationship, which is in fact disastrous for each person.   The lyrics play out the story of the age old question of, “Why are we attracted to the relationship we know is no good for us?”

Each track offers great transition and your ears do not get bored as the album progresses.   “Walking On,” had my foot tapping to the beat from the beginning.     “You’re out of time, I’ve lost my patience,” is one of those quotable song lyrics which will be used in reference to some moments in life.

What Could Be, offers the perfect balance between fast paced, up tempo songs and slower beat songs that you just can’t help but sway to. This is an album displaying the true writing talent of Dan Ascanio.   I highly recommend you head on over to http://www.danascanio.com to find out more about this up and coming artist.

The songs featured on What Could Be have such truth and everyday emotions and thoughts we all deal with day to day.   When I asked Dan what he would like listeners to take away from the album he responded thoughtfully.   “I’d like each listener to connect to this album on the same raw emotional level that inspired me to write each of this songs,” he finishes, “ Although each lyric was written from my own personal experience and emotion, I want my songs to be your songs.”   After listening to the album I can say Ascanio’s songs will be making a regular appearance on my playlists.   I could easily talk about every track on the album, but dear listeners, go entertain your ears.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.

 

Musically,

Chelsea

Lyrics Tell The Story

Hey Y’all,

Yesterday, I sat and thought about what song was most relating to me, but that is where I ran into trouble.  In light of the recent news from Sunday night I have decided to include a few songs, which speak for themselves.  Enjoy music lovers, this is a tribute to the heros and everyone who was taken from us that day.

Darryl Worrley – “Have You Forgotten”

Alan Jackson – “Where Were You, When The World Stopped Turning”

Lee Greenwood – “God Bless The Usa”

Toby Keith – “American Solider”

Reba McEntire & Faith Hill – “Sleeping With The Telephone”

And I also wanted to include the one commercial which aired only once after September.  Every time I watch it my heart feels for that dark September day.

September 11, 2001

Musically & Respectfully,

Chelsea

Little Miss

Happy Music Monday,

It feels good to be back in the writing mode, hit a bit of a writer’s block and a bit of a mental slump, but I am back.  Today is the perfect day to distract myself as well.  The weather in Nashville was beautiful all weekend long.  I find the weekends, which are gorgeous, fly by way to fast.  I got to enjoy a fun weekend filled with good times, laughter, and memories.  Would enjoy hearing how your weekend was?

So I know I already did a blog on Sugarland in regards to one of their songs this year, but their song “Little Miss,” has been catching my ear over and over at the right moments when I needed to hear it most.

Little miss, I’ll get tough, don’t you worry about me anymore

The third line into the song pulled me right in the first time I heard the song on the radio.   We all get our heartbroken, we sometimes get pushed around, and  more, but every time we stand back up we get stronger.  It is tough in itself to have thick skin and to not let things bother you so we just keep building up more and more each time.

Little miss, I’ll take less when I always give so much more

I know so many people who give, give, and give without ever asking for anything in return.  One of my best friends  has a heart of gold and this little woman is always there for her friends, her family, and is so strong throughout everything.

Little miss, hide your scars

Little miss, who you are is so much more than you like to talk about

Everyone has a past, no one is perfect and we shouldn’t strive to be.  Mistakes and scars are apart of life.  They tell our life story and form who we are.  We learn, we move on, and we don’t always want to look back on the tough parts of the past. We should because they tells us a lot about ourselves, about our resilience.

The lyrics of Sugarland’s song has connected with a vast amount of fans.  Fans were the ones who actually made a personal project and video.   Checkout the inspiration behind the lyrics at Jennifer’s blog, once you finish reading her blog explore Sugarland’s website and listen to all the different connections to Little Miss.  Very inspiring.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea  ♫

 

Changes Are Happening

Hey Music Lovers,

 

I know, I have been absent for a few weeks.  I apologize.  I took a little bit of a break to recharge and get a new mindset on the blog.  I want to change the structure of the blog because personally I don’t enjoy restrictions on creative enrichment.  My blog is going to continue to cover the different shows I attend along with Music Monday.  However I am going to add spots I visit around Nashville, songs of the day, and whatever else comes to mind.

 

If you have any suggestions, I truly would love to hear your thoughts.  Personally, I want to feel as though I am writing to friends.  Interact with me, act as though we are sitting in the coffee shop catching up on our weeks.  I want to hear what you have been up to, what you would like to hear about, and anything else that may come to your mind.

 

I am looking forward to the new outlay of the blog and hope you are as well.  With the changes creativity will be flowing. Thanks friends.

 

As always, keep those ears entertained!

 

Musically,

Chelsea

 

The Shoebox

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Where did the warm weather go?!?  Here in Nashville we got a bit of a teaser to warmer days as last week we had highs in the 70s.  Now it has dropped down to low 50s, brrrr.  I for one want the warmth with the beautiful sun shining down upon the land.  You ever notice how sunlight greatly affects motivation and mood.  On a warm and sunny day I feel more productive for some reason.  Rainy days are not all that bad, but I would like a little less.  I recently had a loss in the family, which is why the song I chose this week tugs at my heart with the meaning behind it.

For this Music Monday, I chose “The Shoebox,” performed by Grammy nominee Chris Young.  It was a terribly rainy day in Nashville on Saturday so I couldn’t go for my usual jog in the wooded trail.  I spent the whole day cleaning my apartment.  That was when I stumbled upon the memory box my best friend, from PA, gave me last Christmas.  When I took it down off the shelf, I couldn’t resist taking the lid of to begin the journey into the past.  This has truly been the best gift I could have ever received.

 

Don’t forget the little moments

They’re the ones that mean the most

When the way home seems so far away

In the box there are all kinds of things and each holds a special moment in time.  Some of the contents include letters from friends while I spent my time over in Australia and now new letters as my life in Nashville unfolds.  Reading through the letters I smile from ear to ear because someone took the time to write me.  In today’s world where email seems to rule, it means the world to me to have a personal hand written letter from Mom, my best friend, and all my other amazing friends I have been blessed to have in life.

 

Look back on

A little window to the past

Just as Young describes it is a window to the past.  As I shuffled through the box more I found some old Valentines Day cards, a Chinese fortune, some ticket stubs from the amazing experiences I have had in Nashville, and a few pennies.  The pennies mean the world to me because if you have ever heard the expression ‘Pennies from Heaven,’ you will understand how much one little penny can be worth.

If ever you should ever doubt the blessings that you’ve had

The memory box doesn’t just serve a purpose of holding timeless treasures to me, it reminds me of the many blessings I have been given in life.  The handwritten letters are the blessings of the beautiful and amazing friends I have gotten to know.  The concert tickets are for the blessings of the music I enjoy.  The backstage passes or special event badges are a reminder of how hard work pays off to achieve dreams.  The newspaper write ups from College, the little fortune slips that make me smile, etc.  This list could go on and on.  Every piece is a blessing in its own unique way.

 

And don’t forget to fill an old shoebox

Fill that old shoebox with anything you like.  You never know when a rainy day will provide you with time to look back on the past.  I know I look forward to adding more memories as time goes on.

As always bloggers, until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

Night Walks

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Sorry I was absent last Monday, but it was a holiday and I needed to recharge my batteries in the beautiful weather Nashville got to experience.  I hope you all took time to care for yourself as well.  We all need those days to just sit back and relax.  Especially at times I know how crazy a schedule can get.  Saturday was My Uncle Gabe’s 7th Birthday in Heaven, which is what lead me to my pick for this Music Monday.  I chose “Night Walks,” performed by singer songwriter Nick Motil.

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories build a road,

I’d climb those stairs to heaven and bring you home, on my own

When we lose someone in our lives we always think back to all the memories we shared together.  Good memories, bad memories, and those memories spark tears because we know we will no longer be able to make more memories with that person.  Tears sneak up on me at times when I am extremely happy and I wish I could share the news with my Uncle. Tears sneak up when I realize he isn’t here to see how his children have grown, he’s a grandfather-do you think he knows?

I wonder which star is yours ’cause

I get so damn tired of talking to the moon.

This is my favorite line of the song.  During those peaceful and calm nights when the stars are shining brightly, I like to just sit outside alone and talk to the stars.  I talk as though I am talking to the Heavens, Uncle Gabe is listening, he was a great listener,  and he is the brightest star shining in the sky. I want to leave this blog off with the last few lines of the song because I want you to tell me how you feel.

And I’m alone on my night walks,

I get lost on my night walks…

Lost with you

 

As always bloggers, until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

Somebody’s Hero

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What a gorgeous day in Nashville today, perfect after the cold weather we have been experiencing.    There are a few different stories telling of the development of Valentine’s Day.  This is an excerpt I found at History.com if you want to know more. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.  Sometimes the meaning of Valentine’s day gets lost in the shuffle of consumerism, but I find another way to say “Thank you” to all those in my life whom I love.  Aside from Mother’s day, this is another way for me to let Mom know how grateful I am to be her daughter.  My song pick of the week is “Somebody’s Hero,” performed by Jamie O’Neal.

She’s somebody’s hero

A hero to her baby with a skinned up knee

A little kiss is all she needs

The keeper of the cheerios

I can remember all the times as a kid coming into the house with a bruise or cut, crying my eyes out and Mom was always there to kiss the pain away.  Even at the times when the cut could not be seen by everyone, Mom always knew how to soothe a broken heart from losing a friend or the hurt from tauntings of a mean girl at school.  She is always at the other end of the phone whenever I need her.

 

For twenty years, there at home, until the day her girl was grown

Giving all her love to her was her life’s ambition

But now her baby’s movin’ on, and she’ll soon be missin’ her

These lyrics resonate with me just because of the way Mom has always pushed me to chase my dreams.  I picked up from everything I ever knew in life and moved  miles away, but I would not have been able to do any of it without her love and support.

She’s somebody’s hero

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Keep all those in your heart close, day to day, even if they’re miles away!  Realize you are loved.

As always bloggers, until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

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