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Dan Caston and other family members of Blind Vision

 

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Band members pose for a photo

 

Herald Journal article in April 24, 1996

By SUELLEN E. DEAN Staff Writer

"BLIND VISION BRIDGES GENERATION GAP"

They don't mind that their lead singer has a few gray hairs and a slight pot belly. He overlooks their braces and baggy jeans."We forget the fact that I'm 43 and I forget they are teen-agers. All of the sudden we are just together playing music," says Dan Caston, the senior leader of Blind Vision. Caston, who traded his old band Whiskey Smith for marriage when he was younger, is now returning to the same music of his youth. This time it's called "classic rock" and he's singing harmony with his 16-year-old son, Adam, and his nephews, Jacob, 15, and Jason Martin, 16. "I'm reliving my glory days," jokes Caston. "It is amazing to me. Usually a 16-year-old doesn't want to have anything to do with his daddy, especially in front of his peers. But music is a great bridge between generations. When you can't communicate any other way, you can with music." What amazes friends, family and strangers is that less than 10 months ago Caston's band members didn't know the first thing about playing instruments. In a few months time, he had the young members playing like they had been born with guitars and drum sticks in their hands, playing music they had never heard before. Caston says when his son, Adam, was eight or nine he tried to get him interested in music but he preferred sports to musical scales. "I didn't know anything about baseball, so I tried to get Adam to let me teach him music. It didn't click," Caston recalls. About 10 months ago, Caston was sitting on the porch playing the guitar and singing when Adam asked him to show him a few things on the guitar. For several weeks after that, Adam sat on the porch going over everything his father had taught him.  More