Song of the Day: Ben Shive


It’s tempting to continue our recent trend of science-fiction inspired Songs of the Day, but I’ll spare you by refusing to mention that this song both refers to outer space in the first line and features an astral body as its primary metaphor. Just ignore all that and listen to how awesome the Shive is.

The song’s called “She Is The Rising Sun” and Ben wrote it about a girl. It’s his way of saying she’s hot.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. Janna

    My favorite of Ben’s songs. Love all the sky imagery.It may just be the most romantic song ever. Up there with Ben Folds’ “I am the luckiest,” which my husband used as background for a slide show he made me on my 29th birthday. The trilogy of this song, “Do you remember?” and “New Year” tell such a great marriage story. If you do not own this album, go. BUY! Thanks, Ben. Can’t wait to hear more from you!

  2. Peter B

    Ah, another great Shivesong. This one doesn’t choke me up quite like Do You Remember but it radiates a simple, guileless cosmic beauty as irresistible as Sol’s gravitational pull.

    By my calculations, it should only be ten years until Ben’s next creative drop. I can’t wait!

  3. Jared

    I was just listening to this album on the drive to work this morning, and I thought “this is really brilliant and it deserves more attention.” Alas, The Rabbit Room delivers.

    Usually I find key changes corny, but this one is done perfectly at “dancing in orbit.” Nice job, Ben!

  4. Albi Odendaal

    Great song! Are you guys planning to list some of your stuff on Spotify? I would appreciate finding some of this music there.

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