Dear Young Rocker

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This is a story for the weirdos, the loners, the ugly ducklings. Dear Young Rocker is a raw, music-oriented, audio memoir. In this scripted, narrative podcast, listeners both laugh and empathize as our protagonist Chelsea struggles to feel cool enough to exist and finds a home in music. It's also a series of letters of from older Chelsea to her younger self, reminding us all that as alone as we may have felt at that age, there's so many others out there who've felt just like us. Created, written, narrated, and produced by Chelsea Ursin. Executive produced by Jake Brennan (Disgraceland).

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In this final episode of season one, young Chelsea starts coming up against some obstacles in her new chosen major of music and sound recording. She is feeling inadequate in her musical ability once again and it hinders her bonding with her classmates. Against her own instincts, she continues an internet-based relationship. Musician and poet Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz chimes in with a guest letter describing her own early songwriting experiences and influences. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 25, 2020
College is a time to try out different for yourself and Chelsea does just that with a 180 degree major switch from Biology to Music and Sound Recording Technology. Once again despite feeling in her heart that she's probably on the right path, outside factors threaten to scare her away from it before she even starts. Musician Ella Williams, known as Squirrel Flower (Polyvinyl Records) sends in a letter to her young musician self.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 18, 2020
Young Chelsea's first semester of college is an adjustment and she isn't sure about being a biology major. She finds one person who "gets it" though she can't say the same for her roommate. She wonders if once again she's just surrounded by the wrong people, or is it her? Older Chelsea gives a brief explanation on consent in response to the actions of a creepy guy from orientation. Songwriter Stef Chura talks about her own adolescent journey into music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 11, 2020
Chelsea presses pause on her own story and passes the mic to five other rockers. Members of the bands Palehound (Ellen Kempner and Larz Brogan), Summer Cannibals (Jess Boudreaux and Cassi Blum) and Worriers (Lauren Denitzio) add their own experiences to the collective Dear Young Rocker story of finding a voice in music, and give some straight-talking advice to their younger selves, such as to just “stick with it." Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 04, 2020
Senior year and graduation is cracked up to be the pinnacle of high school, but Chelsea isn't feeling much school spirit. She just wants out, and is looking forward to college but her cello teacher doesn't think music school is for her. She makes a painful decision to give up what she loves most. Without music, life is even more confusing and scary but older Chelsea reassures her that high school isn't everything and that she has so much life left to live and time to be happy.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 26, 2020
Junior year of high school is usually the time when kids have hit their stride and have found their crew. But things are still pretty complicated for young Chelsea. She's dealing with the urges of others and herself. The only thing keeping her grounded is the music. But is it enough? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 19, 2020
Tensions in the band have been high. Young Chelsea makes some mistakes and tries to do her best to hold things together to keep the music going. Older Chelsea tells her to remember that when anxiety speeds you up that you must slow yourself down. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 12, 2020
A trip to the local fair for young Chelsea and her band ends up a little more eventful than she had planned for. Like with any group of high school friends, things can get sticky in a band when relationships form. Older Chelsea explains the power of saying "no thank you." Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 05, 2020
Chelsea's long held dream comes true as she experiences the rush of joining her first band and playing her first live rock show. Everything seems to finally be lining up. Even a surprise appearance by the cop's can't get her down. Older Chelsea explains the difference between the right way and the wrong way to build one's self-esteem. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 29, 2020
In this installment of the story young Chelsea goes to her first big show (Green Day), attends a band practice for the first time, although not in the way she anticipated, and searches the internet for people who feel like she does about music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 22, 2020
Young Chelsea brings us back to the strange landscape of middle school and recounts how she discovered and fell in love with her favorite band and playing bass. Old Chelsea provides some much-needed advice about making and keeping friends. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 15, 2020
In this first episode, we travel back to the early 2000’s, get to know young Chelsea and experience first hand her struggles with anxiety, problems with being a girl, and why music is so important. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 15, 2020
Introducing Dear Young Rocker
A podcast memoir about finding a home in rock music and learning to flourish in your own weird way. Created and narrated by Chelsea Ursin, executive produced by Jake Brennan (Disgraceland). Season one features twelve episodes, premiering January 15th with new episodes releasing weekly on Wednesdays. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 08, 2020