It was clear very early on that Indiana “Indy” Feek was destined for a career in show business. She would accompany her parents, Rory Feek and Joey Feek, under the bright lights of the spotlight during their performances when she was just a wee infant watching them play music. Even after tragedy struck and Joey lost her battle with cervical cancer when Indy was just two years old, they continued on their musical adventure with a heartbreaking new turn.
Rory continued to make music throughout the years, and during that time, the relationship he had with his daughter only grew stronger. Indy, who was now a young girl with a lot of enthusiasm, shared what she considered to be her greatest aspiration, which was to perform alongside her father on the exact stage that had witnessed their family’s musical adventure.
Rory, who is dedicated to his daughter, thought the concept was fantastic, and he immediately had a suggestion for a song that the two of them should sing together. It was a tune that had been ingrained in his mind for many years, a tune that he was familiar with and had grown to adore. That timeless tune was titled “Daddy What If” and it was performed by Shel Silverstein.
The doting father took on the role of a teacher and instructed his youngest daughter, Indy, in the song’s words, just as he had previously instructed his eldest daughter, Heidi, when she was Indy’s age. He typed out the words, and then next to them, he sketched illustrations that would act as visual prompts for Indy while she sang her portion in the song. He made a sweet adjustment to the song by changing the name “Daddy” in the lyrics to “Papa,” which was an endearing nickname that Indy gave him.
The passion that Indiana showed knew no bounds. Every spare second was put towards honing one’s craft and perfecting one’s lyrical delivery. She put in a lot of effort, and it wasn’t long before the audience could see her perform on the big stage. Indy was overjoyed and proud of herself at the same time when she realised that she and her Papa could finally sing a real song together.
As Christmas drew closer, everything was getting ready for their big moment to happen. Indiana and Rory gave a performance together in front of a room that was packed with people who had travelled from different parts of the country in order to take part in the musically-themed celebration that they were throwing. Everyone inside the music hall felt their hearts being filled with the enchantment that was present during that particular moment.
Rory’s thoughts, however, continued on farther. Imagine if they went into a recording studio with that one incredible song. What if they made their own music video for it and released it online? These deliberations took fruit when Rory decided to release their poignant collaboration on Father’s Day as a present to honour the priceless bond that they had. The day was chosen to celebrate the father-son relationship.
In the midst of everything going on, Rory couldn’t help but think of his own father and also about Jack, Joey’s father. He reflected about his two elder daughters, Heidi and Hopie, as well as the immense privilege of being Indiana’s father in addition to being theirs. The music that flowed within him was now flowing through his daughter, creating a beautiful legacy that Joey, if she were here, would definitely treasure and love. The music that flowed within him was now flowing through his daughter. The father-daughter duet was a moving display of the eternal power of music and love, as well as the beautiful connection that may exist between a father and his daughter.