SpaceWords à la Mode Satiates Showgoers

Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on July 5, 2016

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Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – Music lovers with a sweet tooth traveled from all over to enjoy a little Music à la Mode hosted by the magnanimous men of SpaceWords at the infamous Lafayette Theater on Sunday, July 3. Featured performances by Earphorik and 800 lb Gorilla dazzled a crowd of all ages just as much as the kickoff set by SpaceWords that included a motley crew of special guests. Chris Pullen had a large hand in organizing the phenomenal event working with not just musicians, but also local business owners like Dan Washington to go that extra mile. Washington, owner of Lafayette’s Dog n Suds, donated root beer floats that were enjoyed by all throughout the evening, and the beautiful staff at the Lafayette Theater provided a full bar for those big kids 21 and up.

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The music for the evening began with a magical set by SpaceWords including entrancing originals and many magical renditions of some of the best the 90s has to offer. The band became a reality in November of 2013 in Lafayette, Indiana. They are a mixture of musical genius from William John Pinnick on guitar & vocals, Aaron Ade on guitar, Kelly Greene on bass, Jeff Lageveen on drums, and Kevin Hull on guitar & vocals. These wonderful men bring their all to every show they perform together creating countless evenings of enchantment for fans. Playing the evening à la mode this time, though, turned run of the mill twitterpation into pure rapture for many as they danced the night away with floats in hand.

Immediately SpaceWords’ incendiary melodies melted the faces off of the fans faster than ice cream in an oven. They executed “Blanch” and “Right as Rain” flawlessly, and then broke into a cover of “Zero” by Smashing Pumpkins. Next was “Bore“, a new song that the band had yet to play live in their hometown. Pinnick and Ade’s guitars break the silence and create perfection as their notes bounce back and forth across the stage as if an epic duel were about to begin. Greene’s bass breaks into their harmonies grounding them and binding them together like super glue on duct tape. Jeff uses his sticks as if he were Jack the Ripper wielding his knife, and his drums the next victim. He slices through the air passionately yet methodically in a manner with even more skill than the most schooled of surgeons. Suddenly Hull’s vocals begin, and they are an institution unto themselves. Every utterance that passes his lips is an escaped soliloquized symphony. The melodies created by his fellow space dudes wrap around his vocals, and thrust forward towards the crowd like a DeLorean hitting 1.21 gigawatts.

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Next up was another cover and some very special guests. Brittany Rees with her extraordinary talent and upright bass came up to the stage as well as the amazingly talented Marty Clendenen with his guitar and fantastic vocals to help out on “Bound for the Floor” by Local H. The beautiful Claire and Courtney Tchoula of Sheeza brought their exceptionally remarkable vocals to the guys on “No Excuses” by Alice in Chains. Fifteen year old prodigy Gibson Wells broke out his guitar and vocals to show the guys how it’s done in a phenomenal rendition of “Hero” by Foo Fighters assisted again by the lovely Brittany Rees. The entire theater was absolutely awe stricken at the talent of one so young, and even Pinnick tried to sign up for lessons from Wells after the show. Gibson left the stage, but one more treat still remained as Claire and Courtney Tchoula rejoined SpaceWords on stage for Collective Soul’s “December” with the brilliant Brady Joseph on bongos and Aakash Ravakrishnan masterfully on keys. 800 lb. Gorilla and Earphorik both supported SpaceWords finishing off the night like giant cherries on top of a sundae. Both bands traveled from afar to bless Lafayette with their melodies, and they were beyond triumphant. The crowd enjoyed their high-energy sets, and the funkaliscious appetite of every fan in the house was victoriously satiated.

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Every note played by SpaceWords and their talented guests throughout the night was indeed a rarely found musical perfection, but somehow it was made even better by the exceptional sound and light quality supplied by the supremely skilled staff at the Lafayette Theater. The master of the theater’s audio universe is none other than the wondrous Noah Freeman. Any band playing the theater without his talents are just playing Russian Roulette with their shows. Freeman, the Lafayette Theater, and SpaceWords go hand and hand and hand like ice cream and pie with a dollop of whipped cream and lack nothing for want of some sprinkles on top. Those sprinkles are the dancing illuminations created by the extraordinary Robbie Alford. Anyone can light a show any old night, but Robbie weaves a web of radiance that is truly mesmerizing.

The entire night was a rousing success created by not just business men and bands, but by beautiful big hearted human beings that truly care for their own stomping ground. It’s this true commitment to hometown that the people can feel, and this is why fans keep returning for more and more. The Lafayette Theater and the men behind the evening have a love for what they do that runs deep in their souls, and it can be felt inside and out. Whether it’s to party, pull together for charity, or it’s just a good time for ice cream they can bring together a community, and this is why people will continue to travel far and wide. The SpaceWords Ice Cream Social will be remembered for a long time to come, and not just for the music à la mode. It will be remembered in the hearts of everyone that attended, kids and grownups alike, for the people that made the miracle happen and began a community movement to change the world one root beer float at a time.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at photographicmelodie.com and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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