About the name Cassidy…
Believe it or not, we named Cassidy after a Grateful Dead song. Mike came up with the name. He’s been a fan of the band since his teenaged years. He’s seen over 200 concerts, can name a song after hearing the first few notes, and knows almost everything about The Dead’s history.
“I guess one of the biggest draws,” he said,
when asked why he likes the group. “Aside from liking the music, was they [Grateful Dead concerts] were where people could be themselves without having to worry about being judged.”
Our dog, “Ripple” was a named after a Dead song too. Can you guess which one? If you guessed “Ripple,” you were right. Mike and I consider that Grateful Dead tune to be “our song.” People often comment about how Ripple’s name is fitting because of her brindle coat, which resembles fudge ripple ice cream, but to us it’s more than that.
GRATEFUL DEAD LYRICS
I can tell by the mark he left you were in his dream.
Ah, child of countless trees.
Ah, child of boundless seas.
What you are, what you’re meant to be
Speaks his name, though you were born to me,
Born to me,
Cassidy…Lost now on the country miles in his Cadillac.
I can tell by the way you smile he’s rolling back.
Come wash the nighttime clean,
Come grow this scorched ground green,
Blow the horn, tap the tambourine
Close the gap of the dark years in between
You and me,
Cassidy…Quick beats in an icy heart.
catch-colt draws a coffin cart. There he goes now, here she starts:
Hear her cry.
Flight of the seabirds, scattered like lost words
Wheel to the storm and fly.Faring thee well now.
Let your life proceed by its own design.
Nothing to tell now.
Let the words be yours, I’m done with mine.