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

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 ♫

 

Never Let Go

Happy Music Monday,

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones around, whether they be family, friends, and neighbors. I hope you know you are never alone in this world. I have been hitting the gym and hiking trails extra hard to work off all that good Thanksgiving food. I take true joy in the holidays because it is a time where there is just something extra in the air and it allows us to look back on all the great moments and great people we have in our lives.

The song I chose this week is very personal to me because this song is tied to a loved one who lost his battle to cancer in 2003.  It is estimated 7.5 million people die of cancer each year.  Scary statistic! I first heard this song that year and it came in my life at the moment I needed it most and it is one I play whenever I miss my Uncle Gabe.  For Music Monday, I chose “Never Let Go,” performed by Bryan Adams.

“Can you take what you need and take less than you give.”  I may have a bias opinion here, but I think all who knew my Uncle would agree with me on the note that he was one of the most selfless individuals you could ever meet in life.  He was there for anyone who needed him, with no judgment, a listening ear when you needed to talk, a warm smile when you had a rough day, and above all else, he was always willing to lend a hand.  He asked for nothing in return and did everything out of the kindness of his heart of gold.

“Could you close everyday without the glory and fame.  Could you hold your head high when no one knows your name.”  This line I like to personally dedicate to all the Firefighters, EMS workers, Police Officers, all branches of the military, coast guard members, the fallen of 9/11, and everyone who makes a difference in this world without asking for any recognition.   I have grown up around firefighters my whole life and it has always amazed me how they are willing to run into a burning building when everyone else is running out.  My Uncle was a firefighter and he was no A list celebrity that everyone knew his name after every life he saved.  There are individuals out there who sacrifice everyday to save someone else or protect our freedoms, but we don’t always get to hear their story. I have the highest admiration for those individuals.

“We say Goodbye, but never let go,” when someone passes we have to say Goodbye for the time being until we will 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.  When I think of my Uncle Gabe it warms my heart and brings a smile from ear to ear.  Hold onto those memories and share them with others.

Until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

~ If you like you can read about my Uncles story at http://www.foundation58.org

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