A Last Time for Everything

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Today was a hard day. Ben Shive’s “A Last Time for Everything,” kept running through my head as I watched the news updates from Connecticut. In Ben’s book, The Cymbal Crashing Clouds, he tells the story behind the song and I think it’s especially appropriate today. I’ve excerpted it below in images to maintain the unique formatting of the book.

“A Last Time for Everything”
by Ben Shive

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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.


9 Comments

  1. Graeme

    In words of my favorite rapper, Lecrae, has a song called FALLING DOWN
    this is an excerpt form this song.

    You scared, I’m not
    There’s a time for everything,
    A time to be born and a time to die
    There’s a time when the world as we know it will end
    When that is, I don’t know
    But it is goin’ down

  2. Jenn C

    Although this is one of my all-time favorite songs, I hadn’t related it to this tragedy. Thank you for putting the two together for me. The imagery pulls me to peace – that singing bird and the packed bags at the curb. This will all pass away and I’m grateful to my core for that.

  3. becky from ne

    This song is a perfect choice. I loved it from the first time I heard it, because it turns my thinking upside-down. Something that is desperately needed this week. Thanks for sharing it.

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