Todd Snider’s Eastside Bulldogs Tour Enchants Indiana

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN – If it’s true that laughter is the best medicine and music heals the soul then Todd Snider is hands down the best cure for all that ails you. This is apparently a well-known fact among the Midwest as eager throngs of fans swarmed the Lafayette Theater almost filling it to the brim even before the opener, Rorey Carroll, took the stage. Hoosiers came from all around, and were chomping at the bit to see the greatness that would unfold that evening as Snider presented his Eastside Bulldogs Tour. The roomed filled with noises of excitement as the devotees chattered away eagerly like a gaggle of hipsters watching a beard bedazzler infomercial while waiting for the show to begin.

Rorey Carroll seemed to dance onto the stage carrying a magic second to none other than maybe the great Snider himself. She seduced the crowd with her mesmerizing vocals and a magical smile that caught everyone just a little off guard. Rorey hinted around at mischievousness while singing to us about how “nothing good comes after 2 am”, but somehow still remained pure as snow with her sugary sweet lilting tone complementing her slightly impish verse. Carroll’s musical hard truths with her light-hearted tone had the entire audience putty in her hands. By the end of her set the crowd became a beautiful cocktail of opposites just like Rorey as they sat back relaxed yet simultaneously raring to go for the main event.

Todd Snider sauntered up on to the stage smiling at that beautiful crowd with a Cheshire grin that said he was looking for any kind of trouble he could find. That smile stayed hidden away right in plain sight all night too, dancing just behind his eyes and ready to pounce at the mere suggestion of an unhappy face in the house. A soulful voice with the sincerest of eyes wooed the already enamored adorees, and Snider’s set was a success before he even finished his first song. He awed the crowed with favorites like “Play A Train Song” and “Better Than Ever Blues Pt 2” in between his classic soap box sermons whereupon he assured the crowd he’d have spared his opinions had they not rhymed so well. The audience clung to every syllable uttered by the musical outlaw just like a teenage girl mooning over the bad boy on the bus. Todd swept the crowd off its feet and helped them dance the night away all while managing to lay a bit of his wisdom on them. His philosophical musical musings wrapped in heartfelt crooning hitchhiked on harmonies like gifts on Santa’s sleigh, and dropped into the listeners’ ears like presents down a chimney. The crowd was rewarded again and again in this manner with phenomenal songs like Snider’s “Greencastle Blues”, “Statistician’s Blues” and “Conservative Christian, Right Wing, Republican, Straight, White, American Males”.

The evening seemed never-ending as Snider evoked his skill to repeatedly make a short story long, but the toothy grins on the faces of the crowd revealed that they didn’t seem to mind. Unfortunately, though, Todd’s immaculate performance really did have to come to an end, but somehow he managed to finesse a bit of joy out of even the saddest of moments with that silver lining smile still hiding behind those big beautiful eyes. Just like in a proper fairytale he belted out an amazing happy ending including romanticized renditions of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” and the classic “Young At Heart” as well as an amazing version of John Prine’s “Illegal Smile”. The packed house raised the theater’s roof with their appreciative applause as the dulcet desperado was finally forced to take his leave of the stage for good. The symphony of cheers eventually faded along with the numbers as the patrons filed slowly back out into the night, but a newly spirited grin adorned every single soul. Sometimes all it takes is a simple smile from a stranger to change a person’s entire day, but the magic created by Rorey Carroll and Todd Snider at the Lafayette Theater was somehow even bigger than that. The enchantments created by those two changed more than just a day or a life. In just one evening their melodies changed countless lives as those soaring hearts and beaming pearly whites meandered back out into the Hoosier night to become the antidote for all that ails for so many more Midwest minds to come.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, 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. 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 with photography and listening to amazing musicians 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 concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

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 Photographic Melodie 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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