Dan Ascanio: What Could Be

Happy Music Monday,

It feels good to be back in the writing mode again.   After being MIA y’all are in for a treat with the album I am listening to today.   It is a beautiful sunny day in Nashville and Dan Ascanio’s new album, “What Could Be,” fits perfectly.   If you are looking for a mix of Patrick Monahan (Train) vocals with the tender side of Jon Bon Jovi lyrics and a hint of Dashboard melodies and arrangements, look no further than Dan Ascanio.

Ascanio starts the album off with a piano and guitar driven track called “Addicted to Disaster.”   The lyrics and blend of arrangements keeps the listeners ear intrigued as the song tells of a relationship, which is in fact disastrous for each person.   The lyrics play out the story of the age old question of, “Why are we attracted to the relationship we know is no good for us?”

Each track offers great transition and your ears do not get bored as the album progresses.   “Walking On,” had my foot tapping to the beat from the beginning.     “You’re out of time, I’ve lost my patience,” is one of those quotable song lyrics which will be used in reference to some moments in life.

What Could Be, offers the perfect balance between fast paced, up tempo songs and slower beat songs that you just can’t help but sway to. This is an album displaying the true writing talent of Dan Ascanio.   I highly recommend you head on over to http://www.danascanio.com to find out more about this up and coming artist.

The songs featured on What Could Be have such truth and everyday emotions and thoughts we all deal with day to day.   When I asked Dan what he would like listeners to take away from the album he responded thoughtfully.   “I’d like each listener to connect to this album on the same raw emotional level that inspired me to write each of this songs,” he finishes, “ Although each lyric was written from my own personal experience and emotion, I want my songs to be your songs.”   After listening to the album I can say Ascanio’s songs will be making a regular appearance on my playlists.   I could easily talk about every track on the album, but dear listeners, go entertain your ears.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.





Lyrics Tell The Story

Hey Y’all,

Yesterday, I sat and thought about what song was most relating to me, but that is where I ran into trouble.  In light of the recent news from Sunday night I have decided to include a few songs, which speak for themselves.  Enjoy music lovers, this is a tribute to the heros and everyone who was taken from us that day.

Darryl Worrley – “Have You Forgotten”

Alan Jackson – “Where Were You, When The World Stopped Turning”

Lee Greenwood – “God Bless The Usa”

Toby Keith – “American Solider”

Reba McEntire & Faith Hill – “Sleeping With The Telephone”

And I also wanted to include the one commercial which aired only once after September.  Every time I watch it my heart feels for that dark September day.

September 11, 2001

Musically & Respectfully,


Little Miss

Happy Music Monday,

It feels good to be back in the writing mode, hit a bit of a writer’s block and a bit of a mental slump, but I am back.  Today is the perfect day to distract myself as well.  The weather in Nashville was beautiful all weekend long.  I find the weekends, which are gorgeous, fly by way to fast.  I got to enjoy a fun weekend filled with good times, laughter, and memories.  Would enjoy hearing how your weekend was?

So I know I already did a blog on Sugarland in regards to one of their songs this year, but their song “Little Miss,” has been catching my ear over and over at the right moments when I needed to hear it most.

Little miss, I’ll get tough, don’t you worry about me anymore

The third line into the song pulled me right in the first time I heard the song on the radio.   We all get our heartbroken, we sometimes get pushed around, and  more, but every time we stand back up we get stronger.  It is tough in itself to have thick skin and to not let things bother you so we just keep building up more and more each time.

Little miss, I’ll take less when I always give so much more

I know so many people who give, give, and give without ever asking for anything in return.  One of my best friends  has a heart of gold and this little woman is always there for her friends, her family, and is so strong throughout everything.

Little miss, hide your scars

Little miss, who you are is so much more than you like to talk about

Everyone has a past, no one is perfect and we shouldn’t strive to be.  Mistakes and scars are apart of life.  They tell our life story and form who we are.  We learn, we move on, and we don’t always want to look back on the tough parts of the past. We should because they tells us a lot about ourselves, about our resilience.

The lyrics of Sugarland’s song has connected with a vast amount of fans.  Fans were the ones who actually made a personal project and video.   Checkout the inspiration behind the lyrics at Jennifer’s blog, once you finish reading her blog explore Sugarland’s website and listen to all the different connections to Little Miss.  Very inspiring.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.


Chelsea  ♫


Changes Are Happening

Hey Music Lovers,


I know, I have been absent for a few weeks.  I apologize.  I took a little bit of a break to recharge and get a new mindset on the blog.  I want to change the structure of the blog because personally I don’t enjoy restrictions on creative enrichment.  My blog is going to continue to cover the different shows I attend along with Music Monday.  However I am going to add spots I visit around Nashville, songs of the day, and whatever else comes to mind.


If you have any suggestions, I truly would love to hear your thoughts.  Personally, I want to feel as though I am writing to friends.  Interact with me, act as though we are sitting in the coffee shop catching up on our weeks.  I want to hear what you have been up to, what you would like to hear about, and anything else that may come to your mind.


I am looking forward to the new outlay of the blog and hope you are as well.  With the changes creativity will be flowing. Thanks friends.


As always, keep those ears entertained!





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.


Chelsea ♫



Night Walks

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Sorry I was absent last Monday, but it was a holiday and I needed to recharge my batteries in the beautiful weather Nashville got to experience.  I hope you all took time to care for yourself as well.  We all need those days to just sit back and relax.  Especially at times I know how crazy a schedule can get.  Saturday was My Uncle Gabe’s 7th Birthday in Heaven, which is what lead me to my pick for this Music Monday.  I chose “Night Walks,” performed by singer songwriter Nick Motil.

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories build a road,

I’d climb those stairs to heaven and bring you home, on my own

When we lose someone in our lives we always think back to all the memories we shared together.  Good memories, bad memories, and those memories spark tears because we know we will no longer be able to make more memories with that person.  Tears sneak up on me at times when I am extremely happy and I wish I could share the news with my Uncle. Tears sneak up when I realize he isn’t here to see how his children have grown, he’s a grandfather-do you think he knows?

I wonder which star is yours ’cause

I get so damn tired of talking to the moon.

This is my favorite line of the song.  During those peaceful and calm nights when the stars are shining brightly, I like to just sit outside alone and talk to the stars.  I talk as though I am talking to the Heavens, Uncle Gabe is listening, he was a great listener,  and he is the brightest star shining in the sky. I want to leave this blog off with the last few lines of the song because I want you to tell me how you feel.

And I’m alone on my night walks,

I get lost on my night walks…

Lost with you


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


Chelsea ♫


Somebody’s Hero

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What a gorgeous day in Nashville today, perfect after the cold weather we have been experiencing.    There are a few different stories telling of the development of Valentine’s Day.  This is an excerpt I found at History.com if you want to know more. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.  Sometimes the meaning of Valentine’s day gets lost in the shuffle of consumerism, but I find another way to say “Thank you” to all those in my life whom I love.  Aside from Mother’s day, this is another way for me to let Mom know how grateful I am to be her daughter.  My song pick of the week is “Somebody’s Hero,” performed by Jamie O’Neal.

She’s somebody’s hero

A hero to her baby with a skinned up knee

A little kiss is all she needs

The keeper of the cheerios

I can remember all the times as a kid coming into the house with a bruise or cut, crying my eyes out and Mom was always there to kiss the pain away.  Even at the times when the cut could not be seen by everyone, Mom always knew how to soothe a broken heart from losing a friend or the hurt from tauntings of a mean girl at school.  She is always at the other end of the phone whenever I need her.


For twenty years, there at home, until the day her girl was grown

Giving all her love to her was her life’s ambition

But now her baby’s movin’ on, and she’ll soon be missin’ her

These lyrics resonate with me just because of the way Mom has always pushed me to chase my dreams.  I picked up from everything I ever knew in life and moved  miles away, but I would not have been able to do any of it without her love and support.

She’s somebody’s hero

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Keep all those in your heart close, day to day, even if they’re miles away!  Realize you are loved.

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


Chelsea ♫

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 ♫


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 ♫


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