I apologize, because I generally have zero or a million words to say about something, and rarely anything in between.
Both of my daughters are grown and out of the house. Each majored in Dramatic Art and minored in music (the eldest actually double majored in Communications). Some friends asked if I thought that was “risky,” and the short answer is “anything but.”
This is Casey. She does community theatre here in Raleigh, which thankfully has a robust scene. She pays the bills through software sales and recently got engaged. She still is our stubborn one. I told her she needed to get off of our health insurance by the age of 26; she did, working for a much groovier company in the tech space than my own, and 3 days after helping her sign up for health insurance, my company announced we were buying hers (so, in a way, she’s still kinda on my health insurance, the twit). Here she’s singing her big song as Crissy in a production of Hair a few years ago, because that’s what every dad wants: their daughter in a show where they git nekkid. Actually, I am quite proud of her bravery. Fortunately, I knew when to cover my face.
This is Harper, with me (representing) at Graceland in November, 2020 (yes we wore masks and still do, and admittance to the house was something like 35% of normal capacity ). This was part of our drive from Raleigh to move her to LA, where she is pursuing acting. She did a student film a couple of years ago at UNC and got to work directly with Chris Stamey (his daughter produced). Jon Wurster did the drums on the songs. I don’t get “star struck,” but in this case I did geek out as it was so weird to have my daughter working with musicians I admire, in the case of Chris since high school. She is now filming a commercial directed by Mike Mills. No, not “our” Mike Mills, but the other one (“Thumbsucker;” worked with Air, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, etc.). Again, a massive coincidence that she gets to work with someone so closely tied to some favorite artists.
The last thing I’ll note is that they have passed on a lot (not all) music I / we have tried to share with them, but both took to R.E.M. almost immediately. They have to be among the few youngest to have seen them play with Bill Berry. Casey twice - once in Raleigh, 2003, when Bill popped in for background vocals and drums, and once at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame induction, which Harper also attended.