Brian Wilson Celebrates 50 Years of Pet Sounds

Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on July 16, 2016


Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

ELIZABETH, IN – True music fans from far and wide braved the heat on a very humid July evening to converge on a beautiful little venue hidden in the heart of southern Indiana. The venue is a part of the Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and is definitely one of the loveliest in the Midwest. The house has seen many a legendary performance on their stage, but one of the best of all time would soon be joining the room. The excitement in the air was thick as the patrons filed in, and were aided to their seats by a kind and patient staff eager to help. Every seat was almost full, and the show of a lifetime would soon begin. This epic evening would be a blessing to the multitudes gifted by none other than the genius of Brian Wilson.

Wilson walked onto the stage to a standing ovation without even having to play a note. His genius precedes him everywhere he goes, and every fan in the house was aching to see him perform live. Al Jardine joined Brian for the evening bringing his immaculate brilliance as well for an even bigger treat to the fans. In fact, every member of the band supporting Brian carried an abundance of talent. Each and every one of them is a prodigy in their own right, and they all brought an unsurpassed passion to the table for their given trade. The music soon began, and the rejuvenated rendering of the melodies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds was underway.

This was definitely one of those very special concerts that digs down deep and makes a person’s soul sing. The happiness in the room flowed like rivers out from the audience, and created an ocean out of the crowd of strangers suddenly in synch as one. A look of joy had befallen every face in the house by the end of the stellar performance. The Horseshoe in quiet little southern Indiana will be hard pressed to find another group of musicians to bring such sounds of perfection as the Pet Sounds that filled the great theater that night. Every note played throughout the entire night was perfection. Brian Wilson’s repertoire is one good song after another chocked full of good memories, and through performances like this new fans will continue to create more and more new memories of their very own to carry with them and pass down forever.


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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 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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