Hoosier brothers collaborate to make uplifting music during stay-at-home order

Brothers Jeff and Andy Day are using the extra time during the stay-at-home order to get back to making music together. (Jeff Day)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Jeff Day remembers always being close with his older brother Andy. They grew up in Bedford in large combined family with seven siblings. In middle school, they started playing and making music together.

Andy is now a practicing anesthesiologist in Columbus. Jeff is a respiratory therapist in Indianapolis. During the stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, they found time pursue their passion and create music together once again.

"He has a studio there. And I have a studio in my house and...we have the software where we can collaborate remotely. So we wrote this song remotely. I played the drums, guitar and bass on it and sang," Jeff said. "He played the guitar, bass and keyboard. We played all the instruments the two of us, and we also collaborated remotely and sent tracks back and forth."

A friend then offered to make a video of the song with images of their friends and family. They posted the finished product on YouTube, and have enjoyed the positive feedback.

"It means a lot when someone respects your art that you work so hard to create and you put so much of your heart into, and I hope people like it," Jeff said.

So much has changed since 13News first interviewed Day in March of 2020. He was featured in the Check Up 13 report encouraging people to get screened for colon cancer. It's recommended everyone get a colonoscopy — the gold standard for colon cancer detection — when they turn 50. But increasingly the cancer is being detected in younger patients. That is why it's important to know the symptoms and to get checked early, regardless of your age.

Jeff was diagnosed when he was 43. Now, he is 44 and has stage 4 colon cancer. This week he completed his 14th round of chemotherapy and received encouraging results after a CT scan, which showed significant reduction in the tumors in his liver and his colon.

"I feel great. I tell people 90 to 95 percent of the time, I wouldn't even know I had cancer unless someone told me," Jeff said.

Jeff doesn't want pity. He wants to live, make music and make you laugh. He encourages others to learn from his circumstance, to make their health a priority and to celebrate life.

Jeff Day and his daughters relax at home with their dog. (Jeff Day)
Jeff Day and his daughters relax at home with their dog. (Jeff Day)

When the state re-opens and his doctors give the all-clear, he looks forward to resuming playing his part-time music gigs at local restaurants and at his church, St Luke's.

Jeff's wife is a teacher, and their two daughters are 4 and 10 years old.

"I got a lot of people out there that I know are praying for me. A lot of people have helped us out. And I just want to say thank you to all of you," Jeff said. "We're literally getting by on the love and prayers of our friends and family right now because I have not worked in in over a month. I'm a sponge for prayer. I'll take it all."

The name of Jeff and Andy's latest song is "Carry On" and that's exactly what they intend to do.