Music to Motivate: Rock Therapy in Skippack

Musician Chris Seasholtz right before shooting a video at the TL Roth Gallery in Skippack.

Musician and cognitive therapist Chris Seasholtz right before shooting a video at the TL Roth Gallery in Skippack.

I love living in Skippack because it is a town where I can follow my passion; writing the I Love Skippack blog. Even better, I get to meet other people who follow their passion. Take, for example, a remarkable young musician named Chris Seasholtz who I’ve gotten to know this past year.

I met Chris last October when he was playing at the Octoberfest, the fall wine festival, in Skippack. He played contemporary rock and pop songs with percussionist Kevin Danner backing him up. His voice had the rasp expected of a rock singer, but was tempered, melodic, easy-to-take. An intensity emanating from deep within his soul belied his mellow sound. I was intrigued.

Who was this young man and what was his message?

The Power to Heal

Chris Seasholtz is a single dad; his pride and joy is his seven-year-old daughter, Paige. He holds a masters of arts in clinical psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and works by day as a cognitive specialist at TBGHealth in nearby Schwenksville, PA, counseling people who’ve experienced traumatic brain injury, mostly from automobile accidents. He believes in the healing power of music.

The Skippack Blogger shoots a video of Chris performing.

An I Love Skippack Production: The Skippack Blogger shoots a video of Chris performing.

“Music is such a therapeutic thing,” explains Chris, “It can take you from a bad state of mind to a positive mental state in an instant.”

Chris is eager to share a story of how his love for music helped him transform his own life.

“Years ago,” explains Chris, “I was not nearly as focused and driven as I am today. I did not have the right mindset to get anything fruitful or productive done. I was lamenting about things in the past that didn’t work out. I was fearing what might happen in the future. I was wasting the now, I was not living for today.

“At some point it dawned on me that the present is the only thing we have any control over. That is what inspired me to write the song Live for Today. This song is about focusing all of your mental resources on taking positive action in the present moment to make your life the way you really want it to be.

“This song, and changing my mindset, really turned my life around dramatically.”

Joining Forces

Chris’ words hit home. I too have wasted my fair share of time lamenting the past. What changed my outlook? Well, getting married to my lovely wife helped. So did moving to Skippack; living in a place which offered so many beautiful moments made it much easier to live in the moment.

Chris and I started to talk about shooting a video featuring his original song Live for Today. One afternoon, we took a walk down the main street in Skippack. I was proud to show Chris more of our town, stopping at some of my favorite places.

Artist Terry Roth, owner of the TL Roth Studio Gallery in Skippack, and unofficial creative director for our music video.

Artist Terry Roth, owner of the TL Roth Studio Gallery in Skippack, and unofficial creative director for our music video.

We stopped by to say hi to artist Terry Roth at the TL Roth Studio Gallery in Skippack. Originally from Bucks County, Terry had come to Skippack to pursue a lifelong dream of being a full time artist with his own gallery. I thought the beautiful abstract paintings, which exist to communicate immediate, visual impact, would make a perfect background for a song about living for the moment.

We Were Living in the Moment

A couple weeks later, we shot the Live for Today video with the TL Roth Studio Gallery as our chosen location. Chris arrived strumming his guitar, looking sharp, and brimming with motivation. Terry Roth brought his sense of fun and enthusiasm, sliding comfortably into the role of creative director. Mrs. Skippack Blogger stopped over to watch, bringing her smile.

We got to work. For those few hours, all four of us were indeed living for today. When people with different personalities, backgrounds, and skill sets join forces on a single creative project, the moment thus born is powerful indeed.

So here dear reader is a song with a message for you: Live for today, live in the moment. Here and now. And Skippack is filled with great moments.