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

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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

 

New Year Resolution

Good Day Music Lovers,

I have set out on a new challenge for 2011.  I have decided I would like to be more consistent with my blog.  I am aiming to post on the blog at least two or more times a week.  Not only does this encourage my writing, but it is also encouraging me to get out and about more to hear more music in Nashville.

This is where I ask for your help to commit to my goal.  If you know of any shows or friends playing in Music City please let me know.  The more shows I know about the better to keep providing you with great reviews.

 

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Musically,

Chelsea

 

Annie

Music Monday Music Lovers (Even though it is Tuesday : ),

I apologize for being late with my latest Music Monday blog, but things are getting a bit hectic around the holiday season.  Had my first snowfall in Nashville this weekend and today we had an even greater dusting of the snow.  This week I didn’t pick a country tune, but these boys are based in Nashville.  This week I picked “Annie” by SafetySuit off of their debut album Life Left To Go.  “Annie,” has such a positive message within the lyrics and I think it is important for young girls to truly listen to the lyrics. Body image is highly skewed and both young women and young men feel constricted to look like the perfect models seen on magazine covers, in movies, and on billboards.  This song tells you to look inside and know you are beautiful for who you are.

“She had a smile that could light up a room.  And if she moved, it’d be moving you.  But it wasn’t like a magazine, she was just plain Jane.”  A smile is one of the first attributes that attracts me to another person because it is warming to see someone with a genuine smile.  A smile is the most beautiful and simple gesture we can share with others because you never know how much a simple smile can change a person’s attitude.  A true smile that can light up a room is one where the smile reaches from cheek to cheek with a twinkle in your eyes.  Magazines craft beautiful smiles, but at times you can notice they are not genuine when you look in the eyes of the model.

“Someone telling her she was fine and that’s not right.”  The first person who should be telling you about your beauty is yourself.  We are our own worst judges because we tend to be more critical than others and we turn a wicked eye on ourselves all the time.  When you learn to love yourself and know you are beautiful, that beauty will radiate and others will see it more and more.  Inner beauty begins by believing it yourself.

“Looks don’t make the world go round, but it comes around.”  We see it on a daily basis. We are pressured into looking a certain way because looks are everything, but we truly should not be viewed in that manner.  My point will be best defined through this example. Yes, you have an interview, so don’t go in looking like a slob.  Put time and effort into yourself and have respect for the person/s you will be interviewing with, but remember. Be nice to the front desk person because they are the ones you can have a small tidbit of information on how you will fit into the company.  Or if you see someone having a bad hair day, don’t call them out on it.  Instead compliment them on something else or ask if they need an ear to listen.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Judy Garland, “Be your own kind of beautiful.”  Also, please checkout this really great movement called Operation Beautiful.  We can start to teach each other we are beautiful by being the person we are, not some painted twig on the cover of a magazine.  They have great motivational uplifting messages about being comfortable in your own skin.

Until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

 

 

A Night At The Grand Ole Opry

Somber Sunday,

The sun is already shining on this gorgeous Sunday.  There is also a nice autumn breeze in the air.  I don’t know about you, but I love the Fall season.  There is just something about it, which adds a little pep to my walk.  Do I have an amazing show to talk about today.  Last night I got to attend my first performance at The Grand Ole Opry.  How many have y’all been to the Opry?  If I could I would breakdown every performance, but that would push the blog to probably be around 5pages long.  So I hope you don’t hold a grudge that I don’t go into detail about certain performances.

If you have yet to experience a show at this landmark, I highly recommended it!.  Tickets are very fairly priced with the amount of talent packed into the whole performance.  With two of my newest friends from Nashville we went to the 7 PM show, Saturday, October 16.  Each performer was breathtaking as they took to the legendary stage.

In the first act performances were from Little Jimmy Dickens, Connie Smith, and Holly Williams.  Little Jimmy Dickens was our host for this segment.  Can he get one to laugh or what.  Little Jimmy Dickens had the crowd rolling with laughter as he told numerous accounts of various performances where he had some hilarious meetings with individuals.  The stunning, Connie Smith performed during the first act and my goodness she was marvelous.  Smith is renowned for her beautiful voice and she certainly lives up to the rave created around her music.   Holly Williams, daughter of Hank William Jr, was the last to round out the first set.  Williams sang a personal song, which was perfect for the Grand Ole Opry.

The second set of performances was just as packed with talent as the first.  Host Mike Snider, has a perfect movie trailer voice for a downtown Southern flick, which made listening about the sponsor Bass Pro Shops even better.  The artists included Jeannie Seely, The Whites, and newcomer to the Opry, James Wesley.  James Wesley was the one who caught my attention because this was his first ever Opry performance.  Not only is the moment special to the artist, but also I personally feel all the fans will remember an artist’s special night.  This is a life changing event when you play the Opry and it makes the performance that much deeper to the audience.  Wesley’s current single, “Real,” is climbing the Country charts.  This is a song, which is truly connecting with America right now.  If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend checking his single out.  (http://www.jameswesleymusic.com/)

The third set of performances included Riders In The Sky, as the host, Jim Ed Brown, Jimmy Wayne, and the Opry Square Dancers.  Riders In The Sky, is just one of those performances which will be remembered for a lifetime.  These guys are truly remarkable and inspire the feeling of the older Country tunes, which had a huge influence on the music of today.  Riders In The Sky opened the set with the perfect song, “Ghost Riders In The Sky.”  As the audience was preparing for the next performer the Opry had a great surprise in store.  Ace of Cakes decorator, Geoffry Manthorne, joined the stage to be a co-host.  Not only was it a treat to have him be a co-host, he joined Country music artist Jimmy Wayne in his performance.  Wayne’s two song set included “Stay Gone” and “I Love You This Much.”  This was my first time seeing Jimmy Wayne perform in person and I was not disappointed.  He was on his ‘A.”  Jimmy Wayne has recently been hitting headlines with his walk from Nashville, TN to Phoenix, AZ to raise awareness for homeless teens.  Very admirable for Jimmy to pursue a 1700 mile trek in order to help others, checkout http://projectmmh.org/ to see how you can become involved.

The final set included host Bill Anderson, Eamonn McCrystal, and Legendary Country artist, Randy Travis.  I had the opportunity to see Randy in late August and by golly I would go see him again.  Travis is an artist who knows his fans and has a strong stage presence.  As soon as Travis hit the stage, fans moved closer to score the up close shots of him on The Grand Ole Opry stage.  Eamonn McCrystal is a souvenir in a way because when Travis went overseas to Ireland he found McCrystal.  I’m one who is glad Travis brought this talented young man back to the states to perform.

Y’all are in for a treat this week as I pick my Song of the Week and share it with you on Music Monday.

As always bloggers, keep those ears entertained.

 

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

 

Third Annual Capitol Street Party

Happy Thursday,

Wooohoo, it is the weekend in just a bit.  Wow, the time just flew by for me this week.  Not surprising with all the changes, which have occurred in my life this past week.  Would love to hear how your week was, care to share?

Only in Nashville can you walk down to Music Row on a Wednesday night to catch a show with four major recording artists.  The best thing of it all, it is the cost was 100% Free.  This is why I love this city!  Last night, October 13, was Capitol Records third annual Capitol Street Party.  The event is hosted by major recording label Capitol Records, home to many famous musicians in many genres of music.

The lineup was jam packed with talent.  Newcomer, Jennette McCurdy, best known for her act on iCarly got the party started.  McCurdy was on target as she got the crowd revved for the music packed evening ahead.  My favorite song from her set was her current single, “Not That Far Away.”  Troy Olsen kept the crowd on their toes as he took the stage shortly after McCurdy.  Olsen is very entertaining on stage and fit right into the lineup.  As long as he keeps playing that guitar he is one artist that is sure to stay.  Olsen’s single “Good Hands,” had the crowd singing the song word for word along with him.

The party was just getting underway as Luke Bryan was up next.  Bryan had the ladies screaming and the men rooting before he even took to the stage.  He turned this Country show into all out Country Rock fest.  The crowd sang along as he did his best-known hits “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” “We Rode In Trucks,” “Rain Is A Good Thing,” and “Do I.”  Bryan got the crowd rocking as he covered Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

Last, but certainly not least, was the talented Darius Rucker.  Rucker played many of his top hits.  The crowd literally did not stop singing along throughout Rucker’s entire set.  Many of his hits played included “History In The Making,” “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” “Alright,” and “Come Back Song.”   Rucker had a surprise for the crowd as in the middle of his performance he introduced Keith Urban.  Urban joined Rucker in his a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” and Urban’s hit “Raining On Sunday.”  Rucker closed the evening out with one of my all time favorite songs, “Purple Rain.”  Perfect song to end a perfect evening!

Music City is the only place where you can experience an amazing show at no cost.  I want to hear from you, if you were at the show I want to know your thoughts.  Who was your favorite of the night?  Wish anyone else was in the lineup?  What did you think of Keith Urban coming by?

As always keep those ears entertained bloggers.

Musically,

Chelsea  ♫

Country Music Hits the Fair Grounds of NEPA

Good Afternoon Bloggers,

Hope you all are feeling well rested after the three-day weekend.  Labor day was filled with a nice break and time to spend with friends and family.   The music scene is thriving in NEPA right now as the Allentown Fair wraps up and the Bloomsburg Fair is just a few weeks away.

The Allentown Fair was filled with headliners from Tuesday, August 31st until Monday, September 6th.  The lineup included acts such as Rush, Weezer, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Justin Bieber.   Two of my favorite shows at the Allentown Fair were Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.  What can I say, “I’m a Country girl at heart.”

Lady Antebellum was the first Country act in the line up on Thursday, September 2nd for the 2010 fair schedule and they did not disappoint.  Opening act, Danny Gokey got the crowd ready for a Country night with song such as “Crazy Not To Go” and “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me.”  Gokey couldn’t leave the stage without singing his Country Top 40 Hit “I Will Not Say Goodbye.”  Lady A put on one heck of a show with chart topping hits such as, “Need You Now,” “Looking For A Good Time,” and “Stars Tonight,” among others.

Keith Urban was an amazing act to catch on Friday, September 3rd, with opening act Kris Allen.  Allen was on his ‘A’ game Friday night entertaining the crowd with “Can’t Stay Away” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Keith Urban took the stage shortly after Allen’s opening keeping the crowd on their feet well into the night.  Urban opened with one of my personal favorites, “Kiss The Girl.”  Soon after, he let the crowd take over with “You’re My Better Half.”  Some of his other hits played that night included Chart-toppers such as “Till Summer Comes Around,” “Stupid Boy,” and “Making Memories.”

Now I can’t wait for the Bloomsburg Fair with Lady Antebellum making their return to NEPA to kickoff the concert series.  Other Country acts for the fair include David Nail, Craig Morgan, and Gloriana.  I am truly looking forward to catching all these talented musicians.  I know my ears won’t be disappointed.

Keep those ears entertained bloggers.

Musically,

Chelsea  ♫

Concert Review: Jerrod Niemann and Randy Travis

Happy Monday,

The weather makes going back to work not so bad since it isn’t as beautiful as this past weekend. It was Country week in NEPA this last week as Jerrod Niemann and Randy Travis performed in the area. What a treat for all Country fans! I would love more weeks like this with Country stars back to back.

Rising Country artist, Jerrod Niemann kicked off the week at Rodano’s in downtown Wilkes Barre on Wednesday, August 18. Niemann was fantastic that evening entertaining the crowd with songs featured on his debut album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, along with many other hits by artists such as Blake Shelton and John Anderson. Niemann did not disappoint as he played two favorite songs off the album, “What Do You Want” and the recent Gold single “Lover, Lover.” I don’t know about you, but “Lover, Lover” is just one of those tracks you just can’t help dancing too. If you ever need a pick me up in the day, I suggest playing some “Lover, Lover,” to make you smile.

Country Legend Randy Travis got the weekend started right with his performance at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday, August 20. The weather could not have been better on Friday evening. With a light breeze in the air and a backdrop of bright stars and a beautiful moon above, Travis performed for a record-breaking audience of about 4,500 for the Hot Summer Fun Concert Series this summer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Travis started the night out with “Better Class of Losers.” Throughout the night Travis entertained the audience with many of his chart topping hits such as “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “ (There Will Be) Peace in the Valley for Me,” “I Told You So,” and “Three Wooden Crosses.” To close out the evening Travis sang his 1987 CMA Single of the Year “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Both artists were fantastic! I highly recommend catching these great Country Singers in concert. Jerrod Niemann has a slue of radio shows over the next month and will be heading out on tour with Gary Allan beginning on September 9 of this year. Fans have plenty of opportunities to catch Randy Travis with a handful of casino dates well into October. If you were at either of the shows I would enjoy hearing your feedback.

Musically,

Chelsea

Country Week in NEPA

NEPA Country Fans,

It is Country week in NEPA as Jerrod Niemann makes his way into Wilkes Barre tonight, August 18 at Rodano’s at 8pm.  Then the week closes out with Randy Travis on Friday, August 20 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs at 8pm.

Artist Jerrod Niemann is not new to the Country Music scene, but his voice is a fresh sound to the Country Airwaves.  Niemann got his start in Country Music as a songwriter working with artists such as Garth Brooks and Jamey Johnson. *  His debut album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury hit stores earlier this summer on July 13, with the hit “Lover, Lover.”  I myself am impressed with the talent Niemann displays on his debut album.  I have confidence the show tonight will be a treat and am looking forward to hearing Niemann perform.  Hopefully, aside from the catchy lyrics of “Lover, Lover” Niemann will grace us with the heartfelt lyrics of “What Do You Want.”

Country fans Niemann sets the stage for Country Legend Randy Travis who will kickoff yet another Hot Summer Fun weekend in NEPA at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  As mentioned above, Travis will be performing at 8pm at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday August 20.   This is another great show I am looking forward to attending.  I have heard from many friends that Travis’s shows are essential to catch and this will surely be a great kickoff to my weekend.   I know Niemann would want to catch this show himself as he has mentioned Randy Travis as one of his influences.

Anyone going to either show?  I would love to hear feedback from you because I will be writing a concert review this weekend.

Musically,

Chelsea

*All information to Jerrod Niemann was accessed at http://www.jerrodniemannofficial.com/biography

Concert Advisory for August 20th

Dear Concert Goers:

There are many great concert venues in the NEPA area providing a diverse array of musical talent.  Some of the hottest shows that have come through this summer include chart topper Pat Benatar, Country singer Sammy Kershaw, along with Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The concert venues are also diverse in the setup and arrangement of each location.  Ranging from the outdoor amphitheater of Montage Mountain in Scranton to the classic nostalgia of the Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre.  One of my favorite venues this summer has been Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, great location with outdoor patio and center stage located on the horse track.   There is no bad seat in the house as the venue provides a friendly and accommodating atmosphere.

Now I am a Country gal loving all the good classic Honky Tonk Country to the Modern Mixture of Today and if you are like me, checkout Randy Travis on August 20th at 8pm at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The tickets are inexpensive with the highest only being around $20.  Can you beat that price for a legend such as Travis?!  I know that show is where I will be next Friday.

Randy Travis made his debut to the music scene in the early 1980s.  From the beginning of his career he has had many chart-topping hits such as:  “Forever And Ever Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “If I Didn’t Have You,” “Out of My Bones,” and the latest with “Three Wooden Crosses.” *

My favorite Travis song is “Three Wooden Crosses,” the song is able to connect with all different people in various life situations.  The story told through the song is emotional and thought provoking, “Travis begs to wonder why there are only three wooden crosses and not four alongside the highway,” As the song says, “ I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It’s what you leave behind you when you go.”

I am hoping Travis will grace the audience with the sweet deep melody that captures his talent.  Hope to see you at the show!

Well bloggers I am off to see what concert will be marked on my calendar next.

Keep those ears entertained,

Chelsea

*Song titles and information on Randy Travis was accessed at CMT.com

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