All the Right Reasons

Saturday night was special.

Tim and I headed up to Indianapolis to see the Jayhawks, a longtime favorite band, in concert. It was not only going to be a weekly date, a day trip, AND concert 2 of 6, but we were also going to get to spend time with my sister Tory  and brother-in-law Jordan. Little did we know just how amazing our night would end up being.

We started the evening off with a great dinner at Napolese, enjoying wine and some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Tory and Jordan live in Cincinnati and are always so busy with my sweet niece and nephew, so we don’t always have a ton of opportunity to double date like that. It was so much fun to catch up with them!

After dinner, we headed over to the Vogue for the show. As we stood in line and waited for doors to open, Jordan reminisced that it was here, at a Jayhawks show at the Vogue about 12 years ago, he had proposed to Tory. The Jayhawks are clearly very special to both Tory and Jordan, as the proposal setting, the fact that the song “All the Right Reasons” was in their wedding, and the name of my niece Marina, a nod to a character in another Jayhawks song, proves.

The show itself couldn’t have been more fun. The Jayhawks sounded terrific, played some songs of theirs I’d never heard live, and really seemed to be having a great time playing together. But what made the night completely unforgettable was when Gary Louris, the lead singer, announced that over the years the band had played a lot of great gigs at the Vogue and that one time a couple had even gotten engaged on stage. We of course went crazy at that moment! Then during the band’s encore, they even asked Tory and Jordan to get on stage, where they were congratulated and Gary dedicated “All the Right Reasons” to them. My sister was so touched that the band had remembered, and it was really a testament to just how incredible this band is.

After the show, Gary was kind enough to talk to all four of us, sign a record for Tory and Jordan’s family, and take a picture with the couple. It was one of the coolest nights of my entire life!

List accomplishments as of last post:

  • Cooked this spicy and delicious Green Chickpea and Chicken Coconut Curry with Swiss Chard for my weekly recipe.
  • Watched two Best Picture winners this week: 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer and 1984’s Amadeus. Loved both, and I honestly can’t believe I’d never seen Amadeus in its entirety since it’s such a classic. Kramer vs. Kramer really stuck with me though. I mean, you can’t go wrong with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, but the story is so beautiful, too.
  • Wrote and took photos each day. Below are some shots from the concert!


Dinner at Napolese




Tory and Jordan on stage with the Jayhawks


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