As we alluded to, We recently lost a friend, Chris Daly, the brother of 500$Fine bassist Patrick Daly. Chris was a person who knew the value of life, and took great joy in it. He also pushed himself to do amazing things. It was evident even in his passing, as he was trekking on Mt. Everest.
WTVR did a piece about his passing, you can view here…
Gary Llama (500$Fine singer) recently wrote this about Chris passing…
A few days ago, I learned of the death of Chris Daly.
I first met Chris when I first went to the Daly’s house, to play music with his brother, Patrick. Patrick would soon become my musical partner. Together, we wrote songs about our school, our principal, random stuff that would pop in our heads, basiclaly anything. This culminated in a christmas tape that we made, which had absolutely nothing to do with christmas, but everything to do with making fun of, poking fun at, and exploring the hypocrisies of middle school life, through our early teen eyes. It also gave us a place to experiment, in learning to record ourselves.
And through this process, was Chris. He’d usually meet us when I came over, this big smile on his face, and then go do his own thing. Sometimes he’d watch, curious, but he usually had his own thing going on. But always smilling, as if you had caught him at the beginning or end of a joke that was pretty damn funny.
As Patrick and I grew older, the focus of our songs changed from our school, to our city, society, and life in general. But the theme that emerged, was criticism, from a point of compassion. From a point of empathy with the underdog in any situation. Not mean, but critical. Not in hate, but filled with love.
And as our band kept doing stuff, Chris generally was just off in the background, smiling.
After Patrick’s death, I never really knew how to approach Chris. I couldn’t imagine what loosing your brother is like. I had a sister, younger, but this was the OLDER brother. I could imagine, it changed his life, dramatically, like loosing a navigational star.
Sadly, that awkwardness, never really passed for me. Chris was a good kid. Me, I grew up around abuse, and to some I was the ‘bad kid’. But i saw that good, and generally, figured the best way to support him was from afar. When Patrick passed, the actual bass guitar that he played was mine, and the family gave it back to me. On an occasion very close after his death, I borrowed his bass amp from the family, and well, it got stolen from our gig. I was DEVASTATED. Getting an amp stolen is one thing, getting one loaned to, stolen, another. Getting one loaned to you stolen, that was their son’s bass amp stolen, well, I don’t know how I had the strength to tell them. So I did the only thing I could think of to try and make it right: I gave them his bass. Specifically, I wanted Chris to have it. Maybe in hope he’d play music, but at the very least, to have the instrument that his brother poured his heart and soul into. That bass, Patrick went from a guitarist on, to being the most AMAZING bass player I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know how Chris took it, or what it meant to him, but I knew it would mean something.
Fast forward to years later, and in my talks with the Daly’s I would hear of all the amazing things Chris was doing. His dad would talk of him, with a level of pride that is unfortunately uncommon in the way many dads talk about their children. And it was great to hear. I heard of rugby, his construction and woodworking: it was awesome to hear that he had flourished. That not only was he living life, but was living a good one, a valuable one, an appreciated one.
In hearing of Chris’s death, that is the only thing I could take comfort in: He knew it’s value. He knew it wasn’t for waste. He knew… it’s preciousness.
My heart is heavy for the Dalys. I can’t imagine this loss for them. All I can say, is the your two sons, touched many, many people. Influenced many, many lives, and are loved, eternally.
If there is anything we are taking from this, it is this: Don’t be a passive observer of life. Realize your power to live a life you are proud of, one that reflects your ethics, morality, and values. Chris was a prime example of this. Take Care Chris.