Chasing Summer CD Release Party

Happy Music Monday,

Hey Music Lovers it has been a while since I last wrote and I do sincerely apologize.   But I promise the wait was well worth it  as I have come to love the term -it is Music Monday!   And hey Nashville, perk up those ears and mark those calendars for this Thursday, February 9th because you absolutely do NOT want to miss all the action at The Listening Room.

This Thursday, Chasing Summer will be taking the stage at The Listening Room for their CD Release Party.  The show begins at 8:00pm and you can get more details by clicking on your official invite, provided right here.   You’re Invited:   Chasing Summer CD Release Party  8:00 PM The Listening Room

Chasing Summer is comprised of Tammy Rochelle and Joseph Bamber.   This acoustic folk duo was born through a series of love story events. These two talented musicians share a beautiful journey and a romantic beginning unfolded before their eyes. A mutual friend introduced the two and after having a first date over crepes and coffee in Nashville, both knew something musical and magical was on the horizon.

In the short time since their clan destined meeting, Chasing Summer has already accumulated some substantial performances not only in the USA, but also in Europe.   Last year (2011), Joseph & Tammy performed in Nicaragua, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, as well as here at home in Nashville, a brilliant beginning for the blossoming talent of Chasing Summer.   Their performance credits include The World’s Fair Expo Pavilion of Hope (Hannover, Germany), Music City/ Country Music Marathon (Nashville, TN), and OneHope (Eastern Europe) just to name a few.   There is no sign of slowing down either!   Chasing Summer already has a packed summer tour overseas.

Be sure to mark your calendars and come out to see Chasing Summer this Thursday, February 9th  at The Listening Room.  You do not want to miss this amazing act!

 

Musically,

MusicLovinChels

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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.

 

Musically,

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!

 

Musically,

Chelsea

 

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 ♫

 

 

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.

Musically,

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.

Musically,

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.

 

Musically,

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.

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 ♫

 

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.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

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