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 ♫




Concert Advisory for August 20th

Dear Concert Goers:

There are many great concert venues in the NEPA area providing a diverse array of musical talent.  Some of the hottest shows that have come through this summer include chart topper Pat Benatar, Country singer Sammy Kershaw, along with Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The concert venues are also diverse in the setup and arrangement of each location.  Ranging from the outdoor amphitheater of Montage Mountain in Scranton to the classic nostalgia of the Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre.  One of my favorite venues this summer has been Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, great location with outdoor patio and center stage located on the horse track.   There is no bad seat in the house as the venue provides a friendly and accommodating atmosphere.

Now I am a Country gal loving all the good classic Honky Tonk Country to the Modern Mixture of Today and if you are like me, checkout Randy Travis on August 20th at 8pm at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The tickets are inexpensive with the highest only being around $20.  Can you beat that price for a legend such as Travis?!  I know that show is where I will be next Friday.

Randy Travis made his debut to the music scene in the early 1980s.  From the beginning of his career he has had many chart-topping hits such as:  “Forever And Ever Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “If I Didn’t Have You,” “Out of My Bones,” and the latest with “Three Wooden Crosses.” *

My favorite Travis song is “Three Wooden Crosses,” the song is able to connect with all different people in various life situations.  The story told through the song is emotional and thought provoking, “Travis begs to wonder why there are only three wooden crosses and not four alongside the highway,” As the song says, “ I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It’s what you leave behind you when you go.”

I am hoping Travis will grace the audience with the sweet deep melody that captures his talent.  Hope to see you at the show!

Well bloggers I am off to see what concert will be marked on my calendar next.

Keep those ears entertained,


*Song titles and information on Randy Travis was accessed at

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