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Carolyn Herring, wife of The Dead guitarist Jimmy Herring.
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“The thwack thwack of the windshield wipers beats a steady cadence as Daisy drives me to my death.”
This opening line in Shawn M. Davis’ coming-of-age novel Dancing Within the Song proves to be more prophetic than her 14-year-old protagonist Rashia could ever have imagined. Daisy is Rashia’s mother, who gave birth to her at a Grateful Dead show.
Rashia was raised on a communal farm that grew its own organic food, gave its kids Kerouac, Huxley, and Thoreau to read, taught them to smoke pot, and took them on tours with The Dead.Rashia abruptly loses the only life she’s known when her father decides it’s time to join the real world and transports the family to a small Oregon town where he buys a house and opens a store.Dancing Within the Song explores the wrenching
rite of passage that all too many of today’s young people go through and does so in the context of an unusual setting as Rashia runs away from home and goes back to following The Dead, now a much harder and more dangerous world.
In her youth, Shawn M. Davis spent several years following the Grateful Dead. She’s been known as “The Yogurt Lady,” mermaid, archaeologist, creative writing
teacher, and editor of Cenotaph Pocket Editions (www.cenotaph.net/pe). She holds a Masters Degree in Arts & Letters from Southern Oregon University. She currently lives in southern Oregon with her husband and daughter.