Brandy Day227: Fast & Furious

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Fortune doesn’t favor those who play it safe. It favors the brave. Risk everything.
‘Like the others say, I could know your pain, but I couldn’t get used to it.’  In the end all the pain will mirror happiness and you will understand why you walked the path you had to, to get to where you are. Don’t let fear determine your future.
Nick, my brother & best friend, to say he gets me would be an understatement. I’d be lost without this kid. He’s walked my path, by my side, sometimes dragging me along the way. Tonight we hit the road & headed south. Speed, music, windows down & country air. It’s what every polluted soul needs.
Thanks for being my best friend, my inspiration.
“Thank you for listening…”

Brandy Day213: Old Habits Die Hard

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Friday nights at The Gathering, what was also known as Michaels Southshore. I loved my Friday nights there. Hanover Chase always played and all my regulars seated around the bar, bartending with Nick. Oh the memories, the laughter, the music & the fiends.
Ownership switched a year ago today. It was a hard transition. Hanover Chase plays once a month here still. Tonight was that night. It was so great walking in, seeing so many familiar faces. Listening to great music with deep meaning. Hugs from almost everyone in there, the band even stopped 🙂
Its moments like these when you realize just how many lives you’ve touched. #heyjealousy #wagonwheel #hanoverchase

Brandy Day212: Country

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Windows down. Music on. Country breeze blowing through my hair. The smell of corn and wet soil. No one around, but those naturally intended.
This was shot on an old lot that held a home. At one time it was a home that housed a family, hopefully wrapped in love and memories. A place that no longer stands. All that’s left is the rubble of broken glass and bricks. An old swing tied in a tree. The sun melting deep in the back, surrounded in cornfields and stale life.

Brandy Day204: The Sky Is Falling!!

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A beautiful evening on the patio with family & friends. I really enjoy evenings such as these. Being outside with the fresh air, sun shining, summer breeze wrapping around my bare skin. The sun sets behind me while I enjoy the smiles of those in front of me. I can’t help but be distracted by this, like so many of us during trials of our life. We cannot focus on what’s behind us when we have endless possibilities in front of us. Moments that offer happiness and satisfaction.
Remember the sun will rise tomorrow offering new opportunities and the breeze will gently blow the pain away that lingers from second & third chances.

Brandy Day200: I Need A Bean Field!

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Watching the sun melt on a back country road with the sweet smell of corn and freshly turned soil.
Most don’t understand the satisfaction or the comfort I get when doing this. Nothing but freedom. You can keep your thoughts or go empty minded. There is too much to focus on when you have time and open roads.
I challenge you to try this one evening. Find some country roads, roll the windows down, get your favorite jams going and just drive.

Chandler Day 192: Symphony on the Prairie

photo-3Tonight we went to the Symphony on the Prairie which is put on by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. You take a picnic and sit out on the grass and listen to the symphony play. It’s a lot of fun and it was a great night with great people. It’s a becoming a summer tradition and one I love.

Brandy Day177: Jimmy B

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Today I had the pleasure of working the Jimmy Buffett pre party at Klipsch with Mad Anthony Brewery. I had such a great time and met some really cool people. I love when I get to do events like this. I even met some fellow Chivers, though this one was my favorite!  I hope all had a great evening at the show and again thank you to Mad Anthony Brewery and Blaine Stuckey for allowing me to be a part of such a fun event!!

Chandler Day 174: Hilbert Circle Theatre

DSC03829This is the Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the ISO. It’s a beautiful theatre and has held some beautiful music. I love going there and hearing the symphony play. As I stood outside of it today, I noticed the ominous, dramatic sky behind it and had to get the shot. A little,old piece of beautiful history, sandwiched between modern skyscrapers, with an Indiana storm coming in.

Brandy Day175: Peace From Passion

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‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ Hans Christian Anderson.
I love live music. Acoustic is even better. When you have someone that can sing & play as amazingly as this man, no words are needed.
I first met Jason Squier at Michaels, the bar I used to manage. He and his band played every Friday night. It was such a great time. Everyone loved them, loved us, loved Fridays. One thing led to another and I was shooting photos of them and attending every show at other venues when possible. I couldn’t get enough of Jason’s voice and demeanor when he was on stage. So captivating, relaxing & passionate. I’ve never seen someone play the guitar as delicately as him. Watching someone do what they love is so meaningful. You get a sense of peace from their passion.
A great friendship has grown from the night I first met him. He sends me rough recordings of new music as he knows I’ll give him my honest opinion. Thank you for doing what you do and doing it so well. Keep playing. Keep singing.
Shot at Tin Roof downtown Indy while strummin ‘Babylon’ David Gray

Brandy Day173: 10 Seconds of Love Trust Fear

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I find it more common than not that we share what we are often afraid to disclose about our self, with those close to us.
We don’t disclose our darkest of demons because we live in fear of judgement, betrayal, loss of respect, even if those demons are ones we didn’t create.  Being trapped in your own personal hell of thoughts & emotions will slowly kill what makes you you.
Listening to someone share their thoughts, someone I thought I knew. Seeing someone I care about be so vulnerable. Hurt so badly. Crying with them, not because of their tears but because I could feel the pain in their heart. Their mind. It was just as real to me as it was to them. I wonder how things would be different between us had we gone ‘demon hunting’ together.
I don’t know that I’ve ever hurt for someone the way I hurt for you. Seeing your pain.  This changes nothing, other than making sense of some things. I also happen to love fishing especially with a Snoopy fishing pole!!
I’ll never be able to give you those 10 seconds or more that you often dream of but I can promise you I can give you love & trust. Fear is only felt until you realize the love and trust are real.
Thank you for loving me enough to trust me.