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 ♫

 

 

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.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

My Wish

Happy Music Monday,

This past week was amazing as I realize many of my dreams and wishes are unfolding before my very eyes.  I am still in awe of last week because dreams do come true.  Each day leaves me more excited for the future. It was tough picking a song this week because I had two in mind, which were really displaying a connection.  However, I feel I had a Godwink when I heard a certain song play. My song of the week is “My Wish,” written by Jeffery Steele and Steve Robson performed byRascal Flatts and it is picked in dedication to my one true hero, My Mom.  We all of heroes who fit this song perfectly, who is your hero in your life?  Take time to thank them, it will mean the world to them :).

I remember when I first started out on my path of achieving my dreams in my sophomore year of college.  The first step to my journey was moving to Nashville, which I have successfully done and I can’t be any happier about the move.  When I started talking about it, Mom didn’t discourage me or tell me it was crazy. She helped me find my path here.  The line “The moments pass slow and each road leads you where you want to go,” was the first instant draw.  All too many times in this fast paced world, we forget to truly live in a moment that has impacted our lives.  For instance, when I first moved here, I was so caught up in learning different roads, different places to visit, etc, that I forgot to look back and know I was on the right road to my life.  Finally, now I have settled in more. I am taking the time to truly appreciate the fact of    Dream 1: Moving to Nashville has come true.

“If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,” I am sure Mom has a bit of a biased opinion here, but she has 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 of the world around them.

The beginning of the chorus is what sealed the deal in my pick of the song, “My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to.”  Every parent who truly loves their children wants them to live their life to the fullest.  As I get wiser in my years, I understand just how true that is because I have seen nothing more out of my parents than them wanting to make us happy, and teaching us that if you want something you have to work for it. If you work for your dream, when you achieve accomplishments with diligence, it means so much. For my parents, when their children are happy, they are happy because children are their life forever. Our success is their joy.

This blog was more personal this time because the holidays are coming up and they always bring out my sentimental side. I am also 800 miles away from home for Thanksgiving. This is one of the years where I have grown as a person and I am coming to understand just how truly blessed I have been and always will be with the Mom I have.  Love you Mom, your baby girl is doing good :).

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

I Was Here

Music Monday,

The weather has been getting chillier each day here in Nashville, but I am not minding it too much. Perfect time to relax and look at the beauty all around me.  There is just something about the cold weather that makes me look back to my childhood and remember all those special moments growing up.  Makes me remember the people in my life who have influenced my path and think of the people who I have yet to meet, that will leave their mark.

I came across this song at just the right moment in my life because it explains my truest passion for all that I want to achieve.  My song of the week is “I Was Here,” recorded by Lady Antebellum and written by Victoria Shaw, Hillary Scott, and Gary Burr.  If you are a fan of Lady A and have yet to hear this track I highly recommend going on YouTube to listen.  The first line of the song is what drew me, “I’ll be leaving my mark, like initials carved in an old oak tree.”  The initials carved stay on the tree forever, not everyone sees them, but they are the mark of somebody.  I have set out on my path to work in the music industry and I am determined to leave my mark.  I am not exactly sure what my mark will be, but I know it will be in music.

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 one 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.

‘Cause I know it’s my destiny.  To leave more than a trace of myself in this place!’ This line is very personal to me because I sincerely feel I was given this life to leave a mark in the world.  There have been many moments in my life, where I have had the feeling  of being on the path God has created for me.  It is a strong connection in my heart and it’s with a deep smile from ear to ear, & with a light in my eyes when I speak about my passion. Lets me know I am doing what I was put here to do.

As I mentioned above, the mark doesn’t have to be anything huge, but don’t just pass through this life if you feel you were put here for a reason.  Don’t be afraid to chase those dreams, because you never know where they can lead.

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

Unanswered Prayers

Hey Music Lovers,

It’s Music Monday!  Hope you all had a ‘spooktacular’ weekend and got lots of candy or at least had lots of fun.  This was my first Halloween in Music City, all I can say is “Wow!”  The ghost, goblins, bugs, and beetles were out amongst the football stars, beauty queens, and princesses on downtown Broadway.  I will talk about Halloween weekend come later this week because today is Music Monday.

I had a ‘Godwink” when it came to choosing this weeks song because it was strange how different people in my life kept talking about this song especially now.  Perfect timing as well because this artist just announced he will be coming back to perform in Music City after a decade.  Some of you may have guessed who my artist is, this week, for my song, I chose “Unanswered Prayers,” by Garth Brooks.

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.

“Just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care.”  God does answer, but sometimes it isn’t in the way you expected.  Think back to a time when all you prayed for was one thing.  Now when you didn’t get it, did all things turn out bad or was there something better in store for you?

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are all too often unanswered,” is the second to last line of the song.  Think about it, and look back at your own life and experiences.  Next time that one job or love doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, just wait.  Especially, as time passes, it is key to look back to learn the unanswered prayers turned out for the better.

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

I Didn’t Come Here To Lose

Hey Music Lovers,

It’s Music Monday!  I love this time of the week. I get to rack my brain for the perfect song and how it applies to my life at this time.  Even though there is a slight chill in the air and the clouds are already hiding the sun, I am still finding this day to be filled with warmth and sunshine.  I had a very good day today as a new chapter in my life has started to be written.  My song of the week is, “I Didn’t Come Here To Lose,” by Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Wayne.

I like to talk about my life as chapters within a book, so whenever you hear me reference a chapter, my life is usually what I am talking about.  After earning my degree I set out on my quest to begin the ‘Part Two’ of my life.  ‘Part One’ was the first book in my life, you know, the chapters filled with childhood, grade school, the life I have built with my parents and family.  ‘Part Two’ contains the life I am building for myself now.  The only certainty is that I came to Nashville to stay and I am not about to head back to home base anytime soon.  The song “I Didn’t Come Here To Lose,” started to make more of connection.  “Just need that one chance, don’t tell me that I can’t.”  This line stays with me because within the first of living here the one job that seemed the most promising ended up being a dead end.  However, I didn’t let this get me down for too long.  Instead, I started thinking of other routes I could utilize to find that one chance.  I have found that one chance, or maybe it found me, and I’m not letting it go.

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.

Life isn’t meant to always be easy because if it was that would be pretty boring in my eyes.  The hard times are memorable because it gives sense of accomplishment and strength when we look back at how we have come to be where we are today.  We were all born with the ability to dream and work towards being successful in the path we choose to take.  The only thing stopping oneself from going all the way is your own mind.  I am one who truly believes to go after the dreams I have in terms of both career and personal.  One of my favorite quotes of all times can link to the song easily.  “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss you land among the stars.”  Live by it bloggers and follow your dreams.  When you start life becomes more than just a day-by-day existence.  Life is a story being written minute by minute.

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

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

Runnin Blind

Happy Music Monday,

It’s a beautiful start to the week.  The sun is shining high in the sky, what a magnificent way to begin.  It was hard to pick my song of the week this time because of the artists behind the music.  My pick is by artists Watson & Nash off their album, Mile Markers. All the tracks on this album are so well written both lyrically and melodically, which is what made it so hard to choose just one.

My pick for this week, as you guessed is by Watson & Nash titled “Runnin Blind.”  The first attraction to the song was the line, “Taking my chances and livin’ on luck.”  That line is what got my ears to pay close attention to the lyrics.  It connected with me personally because I took a huge leap of luck in moving my whole life to pursue my passion and dream of working in Country music.  I have goals that I want to achieve and luck is what has lead me down this path.

“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 they come and I never truly know what is going to come about.  “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.

This song conveys motivation to go after the dreams you wish to achieve.  I use to be one who always had a plan for everyday, but right now as I pursue my dreams I am “Runnin Blind.”  Have you ever felt like this in your life?  In pursuit of our dreams and the life we want sometimes we have to go on the path blindly.   It reminds me of a great quote by Muriel Strode.  She once spoke, “I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.”  I leave you with that to think about.  Don’t be afraid to take the path, which is unlit because somewhere along the way the light will shine for you to follow. (© Chelsea Kempchinsky)

Checkout other songs by Watson & Nash featured on their album, Mile Markers, at http://www.watsonandnash.com/.  Leave a comment with what you think.  Also, for all of you who are in the Nashville area or will be this week, Watson & Nash will be performing this Wednesday, October 20.  The show starts at 6pm at 3rd & Lindsley.  For directions be sure to checkout, http://www.3rdandlindsley.com/.  This is one show you don’t want to miss in Music City.

As always bloggers keep those ears entertained bloggers.

Musically,

Chelsea  ♫

*Lyrics are owned by Watson & Nash

Don’t Forget To Remember Me

Happy Music Monday,

I have embarked on a new chapter in my life as of this weekend and this new beginning has brought about my latest installment on the blog.  Every week I am going to pick a song of the week.  I am going to base my decision on three things:  1.) The lyrics of the song, 2.) How it is currently relating to my life, 3.) The universal message, which I feel is portrayed in the lyrics.

My pick for this week, Carrie Underwood’s, “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” written by Morgan Hayes, Kelley Lovelace, and Ashley Gorley featured on her debut album Some Hearts. The lyrics of “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” are resonating very strongly during this time because of where I am at in my life.  I have recently embarked on the chapter of my life and the song just describes everything perfectly.  Just as Carrie Underwood and her Mom have a best friend relationship, my Mom and I share the same relationship.

“Before you hit the highway, you better stop for gas.  And there’s a 50 in the ashtray, in case you run short on cash,” these few words right from the beginning of the song reminded me of my Mom because it is exactly what she does to watch out for her baby girl.  I sometimes have managed to sneak the money back in Mama’s purse because I am just like her in terms of caring for my family above all else.

As I listen the song while writing there is another line, which touches my heart deeply, “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.

There is a deep message connecting fans of the song through the story of a young individual just starting out in life.  It is from Underwood’s perspective as a young female, but I thing men can relate as well.  We all begin somewhere in our lives.  We all say bye to our respective parents to begin our own lives.  Mama looks out for her babies and Daddy keeps tough, as he wants you to know he is proud, but will question the decisions made.

Keep those ears entertained bloggers.

Musically,

Chelsea  ♫

 

*The lyrics to “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” were accessed from Carrie Underwoods album Some Hearts

 

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