Song of the Day: Ben Shive


One of the best things about walking into the Hutch these days is hearing the occasional snippet of a new Ben Shive song as he works on his upcoming album next door in the Bee Hive. There are some wonderful things coming through the walls lately and I can’t wait to hear them all put together.

While I wait for those Cymbal Crashing Clouds, though, I’ve got great songs like this one to hold me over. It’s called “Out Of Tune” and it’s about a piano, mostly.


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. Jaclyn

    Ben’s songs give me a chicken-or-the-egg feeling. I get the sense as I listen that he either spent months hewing poetry and set it to music, or that he spent months crafting incredible songs and somehow fit them with incredible lyrics. It boggles my mind to think one person could do two things so skillfully and combine them in such a way that rings true and beautiful.

    Totally agree, Pete. I’m so excited for Cymbal Crashing Clouds.

  2. Jenny Youngman

    I can’t get the lyric “try to find a melody in me if you can” out of my head. So many lyrics in this song to meditate upon. Thanks for posting it and reminding me how great Ben Shive’s music is!

  3. Jaclyn

    @Jenny: =)

    “And when the player plays, I was made to resonate” is the phrase I think about the time.

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