The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Step Right Up” by Building Birds

I have started a new feature: The Most Awesomest Song of the Day!

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: )

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!


It’s been one year since the music world was shocked by the death of Ashley Peacock, lead singer of Flint’s rock/pop band, Building Birds.

I featured the band’s music many times on my show over the years.

I almost always got a response from listeners.

And the memories.

There was the time I was playing one of their songs on air and a group of students huddled around the station’s external speaker listening in.

There was the time I saw them at P.J.’s Lager House on a chilly spring night, and went outside to take a triumphant picture with the band. The Detroit skyline, as a background with its blinking lights, seemed to resemble the bright future the band had ahead of it! (I tried really hard to locate that picture, but couldn’t find it.)

I remember reading Ashley’s own comments about how great it was to play Arts, Beats and Eats, and the response from the fans.

But, sadly, tragically, Ashley took his own life.

The legacy is that Ashley Peacock lives on in the great music that Building Birds recorded.

A personal favorite of mine is “Step Right Up” from their second album “If a Tree Falls…”

It features a slow powerful build starting with a simple solo guitar intro.

The first verse starts with Ashley singing a powerful line:

“Love, don’t say it’s love/Unless it’s been there long before time.”

When he comes around for the second verse, the lyrics are even more raw and pointed:

“Don’t, come say it’s love/Unless you’re willing to lay down your life.”

Ashley Peacock’s music was uncompromising.

There weren’t any gray areas.

The song fades out with Ashley singing: “La da da da da da da…”

I can just see him up on stage with his head back, singing his heart out on those nonsense syllables!

That is how I want to remember him–giving his all!

I cannot listen to this song without crying.

I probably never can.

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is : “Step Right Up” by Building Birds!!!


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