New music hit right cord

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 15, 2007

Everyone probably knows by now that Kenny Chesney is one of my favorite country singers.

Since I am such a big Kenny fan, you can imagine how happy I was when I saw his CD in Wal- Mart one day.

I actually think this was the day the CD came out in stores.

Anyway, as soon as I picked up the CD and started looking at the song list on the back of the case, I knew I had to buy it.

My sister and I both agree that when we buy a new CD, we always pick one song as our favorite. Sometimes we pick the same song as the favorite, and sometimes we pick different ones.

I usually find this song by listening to a little bit of each one on the CD and picking the one that really catches my attention and makes me stop and think about my own life.

I think the key to an amazing song is in the lyrics. I always enjoy songs that I can relate to personally.

I also like being able to understand what the singers are saying. This is probably why I don’t like rap or rock. How in the world am I supposed to understand the message when I can’t even understand what the singers are saying?

Although I love all of the songs on Kenny’s new CD, the song “Don’t Blink” is one of my favorites. This song is one I can listen to over and over again, and I could never get tired of it.

For the longest time, my favorite Kenny song has been “The Good Stuff,” but “Don’t Blink” is steadily giving “The Good Stuff” a run for its money.

This song is about a 102-year-old man who gives people the “secret of life.”

The man says, “Don’t blink. Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap.You wake up and you’re 25 and your high- school sweetheart becomes your wife.”

These lyrics mean something to me because life is constantly changing, and time goes by so quickly.

It seems like just the other day I was graduating high school. Now I am preparing to graduate college. Soon I will either be going to graduate school or preparing to get my first job in the “real world.”

The song also says, “Don’t blink.You just might miss your babies growing like mine did. Turning into moms and dads. Next thing you know your &uot;better half&uot; of 50 years is there in bed, and you’re praying God takes you instead. Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think. So, don’t blink.”

Hearing this song made me realize how short life really is. Life is so busy sometimes that I forget to just stop and enjoy it.

Sometimes the hectic hustle and bustle of life makes me forget to slow down and be thankful for what I have.

Unfortunately, it is easy to forget how wonderful life truly is when I am worrying about a hard class or trying to figure out what I will do after I graduate.

These next few lines help me put everything into perspective.

They say: &uot;Best start putting first things first. Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand, you can’t flip it over and start again. Take every breathe God gives you for what it’s worth. And, don’t blink.”

Wow. Hearing these words made me realize that no matter how rough life seems sometimes, it passes by so quickly, and I only have one chance.

This song means something to me because I can see the truth in every word, and that truth is clear even in the title of the song.

It does seem that when I so much as blink, everything changes.

People grow up and life goes on.

However, I don’t want to waste my life by being so busy and worrying so much that I am not able enjoy it. I need to live and be thankful for all the blessings God has given me.

Adam Marshall once said, “You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.”

I also am a big fan of quotes, so when I saw this one I knew it went along with Kenny’s song perfectly.

I leave you with these thought, faithful readers.

Take a minute today to slow down and enjoy the beautiful day.

Enjoy life and stop and smell the roses.

Don’t let your life pass you by.