The Mantis and the Moon


Chris Slaten is a name that might sound familiar. He’s been lurking in the corners of the Rabbit Room for almost as long as I can remember, and for the past several years, Ben Shive has been working with him, producing his new recording project.

When I finally got a copy of his CD in the mail, I anxiously put it in and listened while driving home in my wife’s car. I loved it immediately. It sounded like a sweet mix of Paul Simon and Josh Ritter. When I got home, I left it in the car on purpose so it would ambush Jennifer the next time she went for a spin. When she came home later, she got out of the car demanding to know the name of the gorgeous CD and who it was. She too had fallen head over heels for it.

Now it’s your turn.

Chris has released the record under the pseudonym “Son of Laughter” and you can read more on the story behind the name at his website. The title of the record is The Mantis and the Moon. It’s available now in the Rabbit Room store for just $5 and it may the best CD to ever feature an insect so prominently. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Here’s the title track. Enjoy.

“The Mantis and the Moon”
by Son of Laughter

Chris is currently booking a series of house shows. If you’re interested in hosting one, please contact him at sonoflaughtermusic (at) gmail (dot) com.

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. Anthony Quails

    I am proud to call Chris a friend and this album only scratches the surface of his creativity and talent. He is a fantastic writer and just all around great guy. Ben Shive did a wonderful job bringing to light Chris’ fantastic talent.

  2. lyndsay

    I love this so much. Thanks, Pete, for helping spread the word! Very excited to get this rich music that has been blessing my life for so long into the ears of others, and to see someone other than this proud wife on board as a fan!!

  3. Amy S

    I think this speaks deeply to those us who spend a lot of time looking at the stars, wondering about our desires and our gifts and where they will take us, and if we really even want to go there. I hear longing for both significance in the larger world and for contentment in the smaller one. Beautiful and unique. Thank you.

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