Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 03:56
Written by Jaime Elliott
Graphic Courtesy of www.kennychesney.com
Chesney is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of “Life on a Rock,” above, to Friends of VINP.
Four time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney has long been associated with St. John, but the laid-back country crooner’s latest recording, “Life on a Rock,” will resonate on a personal level for island residents even more than his previous releases.
The recording, which was released on April 30, features a cover of tropical snapshots and includes two songs about beloved St. John residents. The song “Lindy” will surely bring a smile to the face of everyone who remembers the Cruz Bay character often spotted laughing at his own private joke.
“He plays piano at the church when nobody’s watching,” Chesney sings in the song. “Sometimes you see him talking to himself, laughing to himself. Lindy strolls around and around and around.”
Chesney’s song “Happy on the Hey Now (A Song for Kristi)” on the other hand, might just bring a tear to the eyes of those who called the late Kristi Hansen a friend. The long-time island resident passed away unexpectedly last year, but her memory will live on with Chesney’s poignant lyrics.
“I’ll always see you dancing up on the bow, living life in the moment, happy on the Hey Now,” Chesney sings. “And you’ll live with us as long as memory stays alive. And you left us with so many Kristi, you will never die, never die. You will never die.”
Chesney is also using his new recording to help Friends of V.I. National Park. The singer announced last month that he will donate a portion of the sales of the recording to the St. John non-profit which supports the VINP.
“Kenny Chesney didn’t know what he’d found the first time he went to the Virgin Islands for a video shoot,” according to a statement on www.kennychesney.com. “But over the next 15 years, he found a harbor in the craziness, friends he would have far beyond stardom and a place that grounded him in the beauty of the ocean, the shore and the national parks.”
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