The Star-Spangled Banner

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

You ever watch those shows called “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” or “The Singing Bee,” and yell at the television as the contestants blank on some of the most popular songs?  After watching last nights Super Bowl the song of our nation hit in my heart.  Did you ever stop to think many do not know the history and meaning of our National Anthem?  It is disheartening to not take pride in your nation and know a little bit about the history of how it came to be.  Those moments in history, which makes you smile with pride and joy and reach out to your fellow man/woman with pride.  “The Star Spangled Banner,” has been America’s National Anthem since 1931.  Francis Scott Key wrote the song in response to the War of 1812.


Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The War of 1812 began when there was a British intrusion into American international affairs and trade.  Key wrote his poem in response to the bombing of Fort McHenry and he could see the American flag waving distantly in the air.  Moved by the sight Key began his poem.  The American flag was crafted in 1813 when Mary Pickersgill was hired to make two flags.  The one, which we know today as The Star Spangled Banner, hung at Fort McHenry at 30×42 foot.  When Key was traveling into the Baltimore harbor on September 14, 1814 he saw the flag as a symbol of strength and perseverance.

I will admit, there are many things in our Nation’s history, which I am a bit fuzzy on, but I recognize I want to know more.  There are so many positives to the history, which lead to the America today, and we should take the time to divulge and learn from the past.  Ever hear the saying, “History repeats itself?”

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




Chelsea ♫



Coffeehouse Concert with Mackenzie Ruth Scott & Tammy Rochelle

Good Day Music Lovers,

It is a tad bit chilly out today and Nashville is expecting some snow tonight.  Snow, that’s alright by me.  Today I am in a good mood.  It is one of those moods where everything around me is beautiful for no reason at all.

Saturday night was my first show of 2011. It felt great to be back out and about in Music City.  Two very talented performers took the stage at Casablanca Coffee.  Mackenzie Ruth Scott was the opening performer of the evening.  This young woman is only 19 years old, but her songs carry the wisdom of woman who is very wise beyond her years.  Nashville based folk singer Tammy Rochelle was the headliner of the evening.  If you are ever looking for a mix of upbeat Sara Barille with originality you have found it with Rochelle.

Scott opened her set with a cover of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” originally performed by Johnny Cash.  Now, usually I am not fond of covers but Scott did a fantastic job of really capturing the song.  I am quite sure Mr. Cash himself would have been impressed.  The opening song was the only cover we would hear from Scott.  Scott’s most memorable songs that night were the originals written from personal experience.  My favorite song from Scott was “Charade Parade.”  “Charade Parade,” has lyrics, which are captivating to the ear.  The message behind the song has such a universal message.  You ever have those days where you put a smile on your face, even when you’re not doing ok.  One of my other favorite songs from this talented young artist was her very personal song titled “Moon and Back.”  Scott was adopted at a very young age and for one of her birthdays she was given her birth mom’s journal.  “Moon and Back,” talks about how her mom gave her to a family, who expressed their love from the moon and back.

Rochelle took the stage after Scott and kept the energy flowing from beginning to end.  Rochelle has a very personable stage presence, where everyone in the audience feels as though they are in their own living room listening to their friend perform just for them.  Rochelle opened her set with her upbeat song, “Liberty Spoke To Me.”  This song is one where you hear it come across and you can’t help but tap your foot to the beat.  One of my favorite songs of Rochelle’s set was “Palm Of Your Hand.”  This song is very heartfelt and you can just feel the emotion put behind the lyrics.  Rochelle wrapped up the set with the same amount of energy if not more.

Next time either of these two talented young woman are performing, I highly recommend you come out to the show.


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



Chelsea ♫


Stand Up

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

I truly apologize for not posting a blog last week, but have you ever had one of those weeks where things are just crazy as ever?  However, no matter how crazy they were I loved every minute of every day because day by day dreams are coming true.  This week was tough for me to pick a song because so many lyrics were hitting so close to my heart. After deep thought, my song for Music Monday this week is Sugarland’s, “Stand Up,” written by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.  Sugarland’s newest album Incredible Machine has true talent flowing out of every song featured on the album.  This song is one of those songs where the lyrics become an anthem and you want to stand up and use your voice.

There’s a comfort

There’s healing

High above the pain and sorrow

Change is coming

Can you feel it?

Calling us into a new tomorrow

We all have days where pain and sorrow seem to consume us, and it is hard to see the brighter moments ahead.  Bad days are meant to teach us to appreciate the days where the sun is shining high and we are living every moment.  If life were always perfect, how would we develop our character?   One of my favorite quotes on character is by an anonymous author; “We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, why did this happen to me?  Unless, we ask the same for every joy that comes our way.”

When the walls fall all around you

When your hope has turned to dust

Let the sound of love surround you

Beat like a heart in each of us


We have all had our heartbroken at some point in our lives.  Whether it be the first grade crush on Jimmy or the one who walked away when you thought they were everything to you. We all have walls built from that moment on to protect our hearts.  One thing we forget in those moments where it seems the world is ending, is how we have so many people in our lives who love us and will be there to help us pick the pieces back up.  This verse reminds me that at times our hope will be shattered, but it can be built back up by remembering all the love.

Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

This is the most powerful line throughout the whole song.  Each and every one of us has a voice and we choose whether or not to use the most powerful tool God gave us.  Reread the verse and just think about it for yourself.   I will leave you with your own thoughts.

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


Chelsea ♫


This Is Country Music

Happy Snow Day,

I got lucky enough to be able to work from home today and not have to travel to the city today.  Enjoying the beautiful scenery this white winter wonderland is providing.  I is chilly, but I don’t mind it as much with the snow on the ground.  Picking songs has gotten a bit more challenging as so many lyrics have been relating to my life.  However, I wanted to include a wider array this week with my Music Monday choice.  For this week I chose, Brad Paisley’s latest single “This Is Country Music.”

It ain’t hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, and mama,

Yeah that might be true.

But this is country music

And we do


The question has been raised many times as to why country music is popular and seems to be taking over many of the airwaves.  There is a common understanding amongst Country artists and fans as to the reigning popularity.   The most universal quote on Country music is based on real life.  As Paisley states Country music isn’t about singing lyrics that are cool and hip, instead it is about singing about what people can relate too.

So turn it on, turn it up, and sing along

This is real; this is your life in a song

Yeah this is country music.

As Paisley states in the second line of the chorus, Country music is real and this is your life in a song.  The lyrics just hit right in the heart when you hear them blaring from the speakers.  Just take a moment and think which songs most relate to real life.  I am guessing the majority that comes to mind are Country songs.  I especially love the ending of the song and how the song ties in some of the greatest Country songs of all time.

You Stop Lovin Her Today

Hello Dolly

God Bless the USA

Amarillo by the Morning

Stand by your Man

Take Me Home

I Walk the Line

Country Boy Can Survive


Year after year, Country music keeps on growing.  This past year, 2010, provided some great new tunes.  Now I am excited for the new tracks of 2011.  How about you?

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


Chelsea ♫


Seasons of Love

Happy New Year Music Lovers,

Not only is it Music Monday, but it is the first Monday of the New Year!  I thought about which song would be the best fit to kick off a New Year and new beginning.  After long consideration, I found the song which best describes a year and how we measure the time.  For the first Music Monday of 2011, I chose “Seasons of Love,” written by Jonathan D. Larson and performed on the hit Broadway show and movie Rent.

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure, measure a year?”


The last line of the first verse is the most intriguing because it opens our minds to truly think about how we measure time.  As the days pass at times we never realize how often we zip through life in the fast lane.  There are five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred moments we just let fly by through the year.  Many moments should be treasured and held dear to the heart.  The moments in life are what make it worth everything.  Everything isn’t even the word I want to use to describe what I feel about the moments, but everything allows the coverage of a wide array as well as your own description.

“It’s time now, to sing out

Though the story never ends

Let’s celebrate

Remember a year in the life of friends”

It is strange how I chose this song.  I had a deep lesson in how we measure everything.  You ever find yourself measuring who you are by what you own, how much money you make, and other items which don’t provide love back?  Just think about it for a minute.  I leave you with the thought with a New Year beginning do not measure yourself by your bank account or stock earnings, instead look around at the friends, loved ones, and people you have yet to meet in your life.

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


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.




2010 Song Memories

Dear Music Lovers,

I hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas and are prepared to take on 2011.  I am excited to see what the New Year will bring.  I cannot believe this is the last Monday of 2010, crazy how fast the time has flown.  This will be my last official 2010 Music Monday blog so to make it special I wanted to recap all the songs I wrote about over the past couple of months because each one has related to me on a personal level in my life.  Excitement for 2011 will bring about even more songs because it will be my first official full year of writing.  I hope you all have enjoyed it thus far and I hope to continue to provide you with enjoyable reading material.

The first song that kicked off my little Music Monday series was, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” performed by Carrie Underwood.  This song connected with me because I was beginning my life on my own in a whole new city.  The lyrics made me think of my family because it described them perfectly. “And make sure you tell Daddy that I’m still his little girl.  Yeah I still feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.”  Daddy and I have a relationship where I know he is proud even when he doesn’t say anything.  Sometimes he may question where I am because I am going against all odds, but I know there is a reason for me being where I am today.

As the time continued on my new journey in life “Runnin’ Blind,” performed and written by Watson and Nash was my next pick. “With every mile a mystery.  I’ll take what it brings to me.  Call me crazy, that’s ok.”  When I heard these words in the song they were perfect.  At this current time, I am taking the days as the come and I never truly know what is going to come about.  That is where just the “With every mile a mystery,” fits into my life.  Each day I wake up with a general idea of what is going on and as the day progresses each meeting, outing, or anything is leading to another mile.

The stars began to align as I continued on my path towards both my career and personal goals.  I had a few let downs, but I knew it would take time to really work towards what I wanted.  I was determined, motivated, and strong willed to not turn back.  That’s when Jimmy Wayne’s song “I Didn’t Come Here To Lose,” connected with me. The third verse is what I keep singing out loud whenever I hear it play.  “Give me your ‘heck no’s, you’ll never make it’s.  All those cynical backhanded praises.  I’ll turn them into something I can use, a little rocket fuel for my shooting star.”  Some people told me I would never make it and I would have to come home, but I didn’t take those words to heart.  Instead, every time a negative statement was brought into my life either through my own thoughts, or words spoken by others, I turned them around into positive thinking.   The negative words became my rocket fuel as I propel on the path towards my shooting star.  This verse is very motivating to anyone who is confident in their dreams because negativity and fear of failure can really hold you back.  However, when you turn the negativity around and fear into motivation, you can go far towards that shooting star.

Garth Brooks “Unanswered Prayers,” came to me through many Godwinks because as I was trying to figure out a song.  Everyone kept bringing this song to my attention and again the timing was perfect with all that was occurring in my life.  I moved to Nashville with the high hopes of getting one job I had interviewed for while I was visiting.  This job was what I asked for each night in my prayers because I thought if I landed it, my dreams would slowly come true.  Well, the job ended up falling through just as I got here.  I was a bit devastated at first because it was the greatest promise I had to take the next step towards my dreams.  A few days went by, and out of the blue, I got a call from a contact with good news about a job opening.  As the main line of the song goes, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.” To say the least I am glad the first job didn’t come through because I love where I have ended up.

I had never heard “I Was Here,” by Lady Antebellum before, but I stumbled upon it just at the right moment.  The chorus of the song is the hook towards motivation and driving force towards going after your dreams to make a difference. “I wanna do something that matters, say something different.  Something that sets the whole world on its ear.  I wanna do something better with the time I’ve been given.  I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life. Leave nothing less than something that says, I was here.”  My view on life is we have one life to live and make a difference in this world and I don’t want to be ordinary.  I have a deep passion to write lyrics that will one day connect with someone.   Music is and always will be my first true love.  On the worst of days, I know I can come home and put on my music to just zone out and it is the one thing that has always been there to motivate, inspire, and keep me going.  Even if leaving my mark is writing a song that touches one person, that is good enough for me.  I just don’t want to take this life for granted and I want to do something I can be proud of and know I lived.

Rascal Flatts has such upbeat energy and positive messages within their lyrics.  Mom and I both love “My Wish,” off their album Me And My Gang.  “If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,” I am sure Mom has a bit of a bias opinion here, but she always told me, no matter how down you are feeling or how rough it can be at any given time, smile with that beautiful smile.  How true is the fact if you saw two beautiful young women in a coffee shop, one with a sad look in her eyes as she stirs the coffee and a frown upon her face, and the other with a smile as she looks out the window admiring the beauty all around, wouldn’t you be more willing to approach the one with the smile.  A beautiful smile is the first thing that attracts me to anybody because that person just seems warmer and appreciative for the world around.

All I Ask For Anymore,” is one of the best songs for around the holiday season.  Trace Adkins performance is breathtaking within the video.  The last line of the song is truly what touches my heart because of the pure simplicity and relatable quality.  “That’s all that matters anymore.”  As human beings with hearts and emotions we realize how important it is to be thankful for who we have in our lives, family and friends alike.  Not only family and friends, but think about the teachers who have impacted your life, the neighbor down the street, or that stranger who just met once.  My view on relationships and encounters with different people is each person we meet has a lesson to teach us and it is up to use to decide to listen or ignore why they have crossed our paths. (Chelsea Kempchinsky)

This song is tied to a loved on who lost his battle to cancer in 2003. “Never Let Go,” performed by Bryan Adams. “We say Goodbye, but never let go,” when someone passes we have to say Goodbye for the time being until we ill be able to see them again.  However, even though we say goodbye we never let go of the memories we have shared.  There is always a special place in our heart where we can always go to see our loved one again even if it is not in person.  When I think of my Uncle Gabe it warms my heat and a smile brims from ear to ear.  Hold onto those memories and share them with others.  Around the holidays is when I know he is here watching over his family and rejoicing in our happiness.

“Annie,” performed and written by SafetySuit, 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. “Looks don’t make the world go round, but it comes around.”  We see it on a daily basis how we are pressured into looking a certain way because looks are everything, but they truly should not be viewed in that manner.  My point will be best defined through this example, yes you have an interview don’t go looking in like a slob.  Put time and effort into yourself and have respect for the person 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.

And the last song of the year truly ties it all together.  The personal story behind the lyrics is what should remind us of how lucky and blessed we are to have each day on Earth. “One Last Christmas,” is performed and written by Matthew West. The chorus in the song is what keeps your spirits high through this emotional song.  “For one last Christmas, one last time.  One last season when the world is right, one more telling of the story, one more verse of Silent Night.  They’d give anything so he could have, one last Christmas.”    The video is what makes the chorus come to life because West provides a glimpse into Dax’s life with home videos provided by the family.  You see how much love everyone had for this small child who would only grace their lives for a short period of time.  Dax was the apple of his daddy’s eye and mommy’s loving boy.

I loved looking back at all the songs, which impacted 2010 and 2011 will bring about even more.  If you have any songs to recommend, please leave a comment below.  While bloggers, I hope you enjoyed my blog thus far and are excited for the New Year.  I know I am!  I truly wish you all a blessed holiday season and a HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR.

2011 shall be one to remember just as each passing year is truly a gift.

Until next time, keep those ears entertained.


Chelsea ♫


The Christmas Glow

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the house

We gathered round the tree

From many states

None too far

With not only our family

But also the friends who have grown

In our hearts

No state was too 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 year 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


Chelsea ♫

*This poem is an original creation by me (Chelsea Kempchinsky)

Garth Brooks 2010

Dear Music Lovers,

Yet again, Garth Brooks is making history!  Garth Brooks announced on October 28, 2010 he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, would be doing one show in Nashville to help with the flood relief fund.  That one show quickly sold out within minutes, yes I said minutes as in 600 seconds, of going on sale, which led to the addition of eight additional shows.  That’s right!  Garth Brooks sold out nine show dates in Nashville within minutes of each show going on sale.  Even better news, every single penny raised for the shows has been donated to the Flood Relief fund for Nashville, making a total donation amount above $3 million dollars.  Not only is he generous in the manner of donations to flood relief victims, Brooks is also having Toys for Tots on site to take toy donations at each concert.  What a generous couple,Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood!  I am so glad I got to be a part of this  moment in Country music history.

I got lucky and was able to attend the second show on the first night of concerts, December 17th. As we were walking down to Bridgestone Arena that evening, it was truly amazing to see the streets packed with fellow concertgoers ready to take part in this amazing concert experience.  The Nashville economy just got a great boost this weekend with many people traveling  from out of town to catch the superstar’s performances. This too adds income to the folks and businesses that lost days and days of customers during this past May flood. This business blessing will repeat with each concert.

Garth Brooks took the stage and did not leave once during the whole  hour and a half concert.  He exuded pure enjoyment as he looked out onto the sold out crowd. Some of the hits he played included many of today’s chart toppers along with the songs which first launched his career.  Hits included “Shameless,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “Friends In Low Places,” “Alabama Clay,” “The Dance,” and “Ain’t Going Down (Until The Sun Comes Up)”.  I know there was much more performed during this amazing concert, but my mind was in the moment.

During Brooks performance of “Unanswered Prayers,” he turned the microphone over to the crowd and stood in amazement as everyone began to sing.  The band was silent and it was just Brooks and the audience.  Brooks was in awe with hearing his song sung back to him, by all who came to the concert that night.  Not once during the  show did Brooks excitement and energy dwindle as he ran from corner to corner of the stage to make sure all the audience had the best experience of their lives.

Trisha Yearwood graced the audience with her presence for one of Brooks hits.  It was beautiful seeing the two of them perform together because you can see the level of respect and care they have for each other.  Yearwood performed her hit “She’s In Love With The Boy.” She is one classy lady. Yearwood wasn’t the only other performer to grace the stage with Brooks.  Brooks brought along longtime friend Steve Wariner to perform with him partway through the concert.

The concert did not end until about 1 AM, but with the excitement and energy installed in concert goes you would have guessed it was nowhere past midnight.  It made a truly enjoyable night.  On the way back to the car, all my friends and I could say was, “Wow.”

Until next time, keep those ears entertained.


Chelsea ♫


One Last Christmas

Music Monday,

Wow, it is almost Christmas! I can’t believe it!  Who has finished their shopping?  I know I have tons more to do yet before next week.  I have gotten a bit wiser over the years, and I truly appreciate Christmas more.  It has taken on a whole new meaning this year due to so many good changes and blessings in my personal life.  As children, we think Christmas is about the presents under the tree, going to church, and seeing what Santa brought.  As I have gotten older, I realize Christmas isn’t about the presents under the tree.  Christmas holidays have become more of a time to treasure the time with family, friends, and everyone who comes into my life during the whole year and even the anticipation of the friends whom I have yet to meet.

This song and video made me understand how precious time is with loved ones in my life.  “One Last Christmas,” is performed and written by Matthew West from his newest album, The Story of Your Life. West took on a whole new meaning to providing music, which is truly about life, for his newest project.  West asked everyone to write to him  about the story of their life, and he composed songs relating to those stories.  That is how his new album has formed.  It conveys such a powerful message because it is about real people and real stories.

* “One Last Christmas,” is about a young boy named Dax who was diagnosed with Cancer at the age of 13 months of age.  His parents were told he probably would not live to see Christmas day.  “One Last Christmas,” is about providing Dax that one last Christmas that he would forever remember and no one else would forget.

The opening of the song has the most powerful lyrics because West really gets deep into your heart.  “It’s the news that no one hopes for, every parent’s greatest fear.  Finding out the child you love so much, might not make it through the year.”  Parents pray nothing goes wrong in childbirth and they are so grateful having those special moments from the time they bring their child into the world and every moment thereafter.  The type of news Dax parents received, I cannot even begin to fathom.  What they felt in their hearts is evident in the video.

The second verse provides the listener with such warmth in their heart. “Middle of September, still seventy degrees.  Daddy climbs up in the attic, brings down candles, hangs the lights on all the trees.  Then the neighbors started asking, and pretty soon word got around.  First it was the neighborhood, before too long they lit up that whole town.”  Dax’s parents wanted to be sure their son would have one last Christmas so his parents began decorating their house to reflect the special time of year, a joyful time for most children.  Just as the song said, the whole neighborhood and town followed efforts to give Dax one last Christmas.  Dax’s smile was as bright as the Christmas lights!

The chorus in the song is what keeps your spirits high through this emotional song.  “For one last Christmas, one last time.  One last season when the world is right, one more telling of the story, one more verse of Silent Night.  They’d give anything so he could have, one last Christmas.”    The video is what makes the chorus come to life because West provides a glimpse into Dax’s life with home videos provided by the family.  You see how much love everyone had for this small child who would only grace their lives for a short period of time.  Dax was the apple of his daddy’s eye and mommy’s loving boy.

In Dax’s life, he has already touched so many lives in his short time on Earth.  Matthew West has created a story, which will open your heart to Dax even though he is no longer with us.  The day Dax passed, that dark December day, a tiny Angel gained his wings and he will forever watch over us, and remind us all what Christmas is truly about.  Christmas is about treasuring and remembering the moments we have with one another.

Now we all have a chance to own this one of a kind video, by making a small donation to St. Jude on Matthew West’s website,  The goal is to raise enough money to fund St. Jude for one day in memory of Dax.  He and his family received compassion and care from St Jude, free of charge.  They have almost reached the goal.  I have vowed to make a small donation, won’t you?

Everyone reading this, open your hearts this holiday season and treasure each person you have been blessed to meet in life.

Until next time, keep those ears entertained.


Chelsea ♫

*Information on the story behind “One Last Christmas,” was accessed at MatthewWest.Com




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