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5,0 sur 5 étoilesBen Folds at his finest
15 août 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I’ve been a Ben Folds fan since his first album. I saw Ben Folds Five in concert several times, and then when he toured as a solo artist, and twice with Symphony orchestras. I am a huge fan, obviously. His music really spoke to me. This book brought his struggles to light. I felt like I was struggling along with him. For such an amazing talent, it’s eye opening to find out how hard he had to work to get to the level he currently enjoys. And he never stops evolving. I’m so thankful that he is such an advocate for music in schools. The book is written exactly as he speaks, which is humble and hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others. If you’re a fan, you will love the book.
Just finished reading Ben Fold’s book and it was an absolute joy to read. Very interesting life and perspective. I’ll say it ... he’s an odd bird (“wearing a brown polyester shirt?”) but he’d have to be to accomplish all that he has. Love the chapters about his early days in NC the most. Seems like the kinda guy you want to have a beer with ... humble and hilarious. Well done, Ben!! And thanks for all the awesome music...❤️
5,0 sur 5 étoilesExactly what you would expect from Ben Folds
20 août 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you've followed Ben's career for any length of time, you know that on one hand, he cares profoundly about authenticity in his work, refuses to take the cheap route, but on a totally different axis, he just doesn't give a sh*t. As I was reading A Dream About Lightning Bugs, that was exactly the dynamic of this book in my opinion. A cheaper, easier route to this book would have been to tell a boatload of stories from the road or his personal life that would make your jaw drop page after page. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be dissapointed in ADALB, but that's clearly not what he's going for. He is speaking to the budding artists out there about how to be creative and where to find inspiration, which is a serious topic, but he works his way through his life story with the same "don't give a sh*t" self-deprecating humor and attitude that threads its way through almost all his work. I found it to be a really captivating read, not just because I'm a fan but for some personal reasons - I grew up a little redneck from a NC town 20 miles from where Ben did in the early 1970s, was gobsmacked by the power of piano in a very similar way to Ben (a school concert where I first heard Maple Leaf Rag) and tried for years and years to become great at piano. Turns out I had zero talent or creativity, which is why hearing all the stories from Ben about where talent and creativity come from were so fascinating, almost from an engineering-like perspective. A phenomenal read for anyone who desperately wants to get their passion and creative ideas out into the world but is having trouble figuring out where to start. I wouldn't expect anything less from Ben.
4,0 sur 5 étoilesRocks the Suburbs, but not quite The Luckiest
31 août 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
For Those of Y'all Who Wear Fannie Packs, know first I am a big fan of BF and all his projects. He covers a lot of them here, including Fear of Pop, The Bens, and his work with William Shatner. As seems to be the case for most autobios, he delves into nice detail for the formative years but glosses over some of the latter portions.
By way of specific example, I'll share a few. There is no real mention of his work with Weird Al Yankovic, who was director of Folds' "Rocking the Suburbs" video from his solo album of the same name, who also sang backing vocals on his song "Time" off Songs for Silverman, and on whose album Poodle Hat Ben played piano. I thought this was an odd person to omit.
There wasn't much mentioned of the breakup/hiatus of BFF. It was done in a few paragraphs. Stranger still is no real mention of how they got back together for The Sound of the Life of the Mind. It was just there, him talking about maybe two tracks from that album, and that was it. No real mention of Sledge or Jesse's work in the meantime or their friendship.
Overall Folds is incredibly talented. This book looks at his mindset and approach to life and is full of nuggets like what the title "A Dream about Lightning Bugs" means for him metaphorically. There is plenty here on what he's learned and while he doesn't cover all four divorces in detail he gives a hint on some, particularly those which inspired songs. Personally, I wanted a LOT more about the songwriting process, effects used, studio life, etc as I've found in some other books. But I believe that wasn't the point for Folds here, who instead opts for the Picture Window memoirs method and covers the years with a broader approach you'd expect from a Sentimental Guy.
This is still a Most Valued Possession for any fan of Ben Folds. Maybe later we'll get a follow up, or even specific book dedicated to his work. For now I Paid My Money and I saw it all.
I’ve been a big fan of Ben’s music for 20 years, and still wasn’t initially sure if I’d enjoy reading a book about his life. But I got the book today and couldn’t put it down until I read the whole thing. It was a treat to learn more about the music I’ve enjoyed all these years, and also to learn more about how he ended up making it. And beyond that, it was an inspiring book about creativity (not just musical) that I would recommend even to readers who aren’t already fans of Ben’s music.