The Wailers Heal the World One Show at a Time

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 28, 2018) – At times it seems as if the world has gone mad. The threat of war, bathsalt zombies, and famine fill every nook and cranny of the globe. It’s hard to even turn on the news without a nauseous wave of depression seeping into one’s soul, and it worsens by the day. While the rest of the world watches in horror and waits for a savior some people try to take action. The brilliant minds at The Vogue Theater and IndyMojo in Indianapolis, Indiana are filled with just this type of people. They recognize the world’s need for change and hope, and make a wonderful difference by providing not just music, but medicine for the soul. Their most recent dose of goodness is a band known the world over for the love that comes with their melodies, The Wailers.

Fans flocked for miles already wearing smiles to come revel in the joy consistently brought by the legendary band. They filled the house quickly not wanting to miss a beat as Rich Hardesty took the stage. He warmed up the house with a roster of songs as equally intoxicating as the powerful headliner’s set would assuredly be. He immediately charmed the house with a soothing voice and a grin that shined like a field full of lightning bugs on a warm summer night. Rich Hardesty’s heart warming set soon came to an end, and he bid his new house full of friends farewell to make way for the legendary harmonies to come.

The Wailers took the stage in front of a crowd already glistening with glee in anticipation of the phenomenal musicians. The cheerful clamor quickly quieted as the fans became mesmerized by the melodies. They played powerful ballads one right after the next with an electrified elation that poured from the stage exhilarating the audience. The skillful gentleman passed out dose after dose of mood lifting medicine with every spoonful of music. Their set in its entirety was a thing of beauty not just in the outer eye of the beholder, but in the inner eye of the soul.

Many people make a beautiful difference in this world in many different ways, but history has proven that sometimes it’s the artists like The Wailers that make some of the most powerful statements ushering in change for the better. They are definitely a cure for what ails in a world so full of debauchery and disease that its hard to determine a culprit. The Wailers are indeed needed, and they prove it time and again with musical performances that produce smiles faster than a dentist with a nitrous tank. In just one evening The Wailers delivered a much-needed dose of euphoria that will surely nourish each and every devotee in The Vogue’s audience for many moons 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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