Taylor Raphel is a Gift that Keeps Giving

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (October 16, 2018) – Taylor Raphel is a gift that keeps on giving. She shares her talents with the world like they are going out of style yet somehow they certainly don’t. In fact, not only does Taylor’s skill get better with age she somehow even continues to blossom as a human being. This is likely contributed to the fact that her outlook is based on love and giving up is not in her repertoire.

Taylor is a strong-headed young lady that danced into this world not taking no for an answer, and she is a force to be reckoned with. She moved halfway across the country mere months ago yet has somehow been able to gain shows at multiple venues in the super short amount of time. The busy new show life has not interrupted her creativity, though. Raphel’s music writing goes on in perpetuity ever strong and ever magnetic.

Taylor’s supporters continue to grow despite starting over in a new town, and this newfound love truly shows in her music. She glows from the inside, and it’s no surprise since she surely carries around a piece of Joplin’s heart mixed with a bit of Shannon Hoon’s fierce soul. Taylor is like a little modern-day Joan Jett breathing a fresh new life into every stage she graces.

Taylor’s latest song, “At the Seams”, is just a small piece of the soundtrack for her life that she has composed recently. It’s a gorgeously heart wrenching track that simultaneously breaks one’s soul while making it fly up into the airwaves with her hauntingly beautiful vocals. Raphel’s passion can be felt in every note she sings. It’s easy to get lost in her world the second the melodies reach the listener’s ears, and it is certainly a glorious place to be.

Fans can currently check out Taylor live on Monday’s at Star City Coffee in Lafayette, Indiana as well as multiple other area venues. She’s mentioned in not too long she’ll be branching out across the great Hoosier state starting with Indianapolis and then beyond. This is beautiful news to the ears of devotees everywhere, and with any luck and a bit of prayer it’ll be no surprise to see Taylor Raphel one day spreading her musical gifts throughout the whole world very soon.

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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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