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

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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 ♫

 

 

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.

Musically,

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

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

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, www.matthewwest.com.  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.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

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

 

 

 

A Gathering of Angels

Happy Thursday,

I cannot believe the holiday season is right around the corner. Time just seems to fly by faster each day.  There is one thing that sets Country music artists apart from the rest of the celebrities and that is their true compassion and caring for others. Since I have been in Nashville, I have attended more benefit concerts in the past month with top talent offering their time at no cost.  This past Monday (November 8th) I attended one such benefit, which truly touched my heart.

A Gathering of Angels, was hosted for The Salvation Army to bring attention to their Angel Tree Program.  A little background on the Angel Tree Program, this program is to help bring a Christmas to those who are not as blessed to receive gifts due to financial situations.

The talent was truly spectacular with artists Julie Roberts, Ty Herndon, Daniel Kirkley, Restless Heart, Matthew West, The Nashville Choir, and Danielle Kingsley, and Jimmy Wayne.  The beautiful Miss Jennifer Vickery from GAC was the MC for the evening.  Only in Nashville have I found talent in a small local church where an audience can actually feel engaged with the artists on stage.

Julie Roberts, Ty Herndon, and Daniel Kirkley kicked off the evening.  This was my second time seeing Herndon in concert, as I was fortunate enough to attend his showcase with FUNL.  Herndon was amazing yet again with his beautiful songs “Living In A Moment” and “Journey On.”  Julie Roberts is one of the most petite artists with an amazing voice.  “Don’t Let Me Break Down Here,” was her most memorable song from the evening.  Daniel Kirkley kept the trio balanced with his amazing talent on the piano.

The next act, Restless Heart, is not new to the Country music scene as they have been in the business for over twenty five years.  This was my first time seeing Restless Heart perform and I could not have asked for a more perfect setting. Truly, just the members on the stage singing to a small church crowd is a very personal experience.  They entertained the crowd with their classic hits, “The Bluest Eyes In Texas” and “I’ll Still Be Loving You.”  If you do not own their CD 25 And Live, I highly recommend going to get a copy.

Matthew West followed Restless Heart and he is such a humble individual.  I had never listened to West before Monday, but now I am hooked.  His songs carry such deep lyrics that you find yourself connected to faith through music.  “Motions,” by far was my favorite from this talented artist.  The Nashville Choir and Danielle Kingsley delighted the crowd with the powerful voices of such diverse talent.  Kingsley’s voice balanced with the Choir perfectly.

The last performer of the evening, but certainly not least, was Jimmy Wayne.  He graced the audience with a glimpse into the Angel Tree Program and his personal story.  Wayne opened his set with his no. 1 hit “Do You Believe Me Now,” and shared the song we all wanted to hear “Paper Angels.”  “Paper Angels,” is a perfect song for the holiday season, as it will touch a listener’s heart. Check out the video for “Paper Angels”. Wayne’s career is getting restarted this year, but I am confident fans will be hearing and seeing a lot more as 2011 unfolds.

One of the most memorable parts of the evening was the ending. All the performers joined each other on the stage and got the crowd to sing along to “Joy To The World.”  It is not quite Christmas, but A Gathering of Angels sure put my heart in the mood for the holiday season and made me realize how fortunate I am.

This holiday season, I have picked an Angel and have been asking each of my friends to also pick an Angel.  I am very blessed in this life and nothing would bring more joy to my heart than knowing a small gift can bring some Christmas joy to someone struggling day to day.  Please, everyone, get involved this holiday season and adopt an Angel.  Watch this video Where Angels Dwell and you will know you made the right choice in supporting The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

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