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A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
De : Ben Folds
Lu par : Ben Folds
Durée : 8 h et 34 min
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New York Times best seller • From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

"A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell." (Sara Bareilles)

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR and Paste

Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as "Brick", "You Don’t Know Me", "Rockin’ the Suburbs", and "The Luckiest", and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he’s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller.

In the title chapter, "A Dream About Lightning Bugs", Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream - and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In "Measure Twice, Cut Once", he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In "Hall Pass", he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in "Cheap Lessons", he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way - but that luckily didn’t kill him.

In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

Praise for A Dream About Lightning Bugs

"Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down - and not just because I taped it to my hand. Ben takes us into his mind and into his process from the very beginnings of his childhood to where he is today - one of the greatest musicians and writers that has ever graced the art." (Bob Saget)

©2019 Ben Folds (P)2019 Random House Audio

Commentaires

"A Dream About Lightning Bugs is an insightful, touching and often hilarious look back at [Folds’s] life and career, told with wit and good old-fashioned Southern warmth - like Truman Capote, but with more F-bombs." (People)

"A Dream About Lightning Bugs offers a glimpse inside the head of another musical genius while also being one of the best-written, most interesting musical memoirs of the rock era." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"A masterfully written memoir, and so much more. Folds imbues this literary work with keen insight and humor to create an elegant and moving tribute to art and life itself." (Daniel Levitin, author of number one New York Times best seller This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind)

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  • Chris
  • 01/08/2019

exactly what I was hoping for and more

Ben Folds has been hands down my favorite since I first heard Ben Folds Five on a burned cassette. This was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Insightful, sincere, funny and full of moments that felt he was talking just to me.

only complaint:
totally missed the chance to title it A Hard Earned Peice of Mind but what the hell do I know.

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  • R
  • 02/10/2019

I wanted to like this more than I did.

I am a fan of Ben's music, but he was a bit too self-absorbed and arrogant for my taste. The story is a compilation of all the ways he has been a jerk to people, gotten away with it and laughed it off with little to no remorse. I was hoping for some good old self-reflection and growth, but it never came.

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  • DMC
  • 05/08/2019

Enjoyable listen, I didn’t want it to end!

Loved this audio book! I love Ben’s voice, and when I found out he narrated his book, I knew I’d be getting the audio version immediately. His narration is great - fun, funny, includes some music. I highly recommend, especially if you love his music, or even if you don’t (what’s wrong with you?).

The book itself is great, a very honest, personal reflection that is never boastful, always deeply honest and entertaining. I really enjoyed learning more about Ben. Like I said, I didn’t want it to end. My only complaint is that I’m sure Ben has more great stories and insights - so he should do a sequel!

Thank you Ben for this impressive work!

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  • Dubi
  • 09/09/2019

What's Been Good For the Music ...

... has in fact been mostly good for the life. In examining his life and his music, Ben Folds frequently refers to a line from one of his more recent songs: "What's been good for the music hasn't always been good for the life." Sometimes his life validates that sentiment, sometimes it contradicts it. But for someone who draws heavily on his own life for musical inspiration, if they haven't always been good for each other, that still leaves room for them to mostly have been good for each other.

If you're a Ben Folds fan, this book is a must. It's especially a must in audio, with Ben narrating his own story. You've heard much of this before in his stage shows. But here, they're complete, fully within context, and sometimes surprising -- for example, you've heard his story about throwing his drums into a lake when he flunked out of music school, but you may not have heard the full story about how he flunked. And you've heard Ben say that the opening lines to Army are true to life ("Well I thought about the army, Dad said, Son you [must be] high", to quote the clean radio edit), but now we learn that the next line ("Well I thought, yeah, there's a first for everything") means something quite different.

Even better, there are many stories that we never heard, and many connections to songs or maybe even just lines in songs, some of which may not have shown up for many years -- like the real life story behind the song "Don't Change Your Plans", which pre-dates the formation of Ben Folds Five, and includes some details that find their way into "Michael Praytor" nearly 20 years later.

And even better than that, whether he's talking about his life, his music, or his philosophy about art education, Ben's snarky humor comes through at every turn. I was smiling the entire time I was listening, which must have looked strange to people passing me on the street, and I frequently laughed out loud or repeated particularly good turns of phrase. The narration, like the writing, starts out a bit stilted over the first few chapters, but once Ben starts talking about his childhood, he finds his voice -- his writing voice and his narration -- and it's pure pleasure to listen to, as a fan.

Will non-fans be as rapturous as most fans are? It's hard to say, as a fan. I believe there is enough humor and enough about the creative process to interest anyone, especially if you've had success reading biographies about people you may not have necessarily been a fan of, as I have. On the other hand, if you're a fan of Ben solely because of The Sing-Off or his other connections to college a capella groups, you're in for a major disappointment.

In fact, that latter observation is part of my only serious quibble -- Ben really rushes through the last few years of his life, giving scant time to his more recent work (he never even mentions yMusic or how that collaboration came to be). Other fans have expressed disappointment that he doesn't face up with enough depth to some of his emotional ups and downs, but I feel that a big part of his story has been his inability to do exactly that, channeling his energy instead into his music -- so rather than lament its absence, go back and find it in the songs.

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  • Parker Hilton
  • 08/08/2019

could not get enough of this read!

Ben Folds has lived a very interesting life. Throughout it all he seems to have maintained a brilliant outlook on Music Creation creativity and Artistry as a whole. that Outlook has culminated an incredibly inspiring autobiography

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  • Mrs. Kristen Kinsey
  • 05/08/2019

SO good!

As both a longtime fan of Ben Folds and a musician myself I found this book wonderful on several levels. both in learning about the man himself and also his musical process. I feel very inspired after finishing it!

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  • Nicole DeLoi
  • 04/08/2019

b*****s aint s**t

this book is phenomenal, whether you are a Ben Folds fan or not! What an interesting insight into the rigors of leading a musical life, or bust. I really appreciated the honesty, the humor, and a lot of great takeaways. I definitely recommend!

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  • L. Hurley
  • 03/07/2020

Damn

I’m back at square one. The last book I listened to was my favorite. Or so I thought. But this one changed my life. How? Not sure yet. But it’s true.
And I had never heard a Ben Folds song or at least I didn’t know it when I did. I’ve spent the last week listening to every Ben Folds song and watching every video I can find. This book is devastatingly funny but also sad, poignant and damn instructional. It’s Joseph Campbell meets Weird Al meets Tom Waits with more melody. Or at least more major chords. I cried and not for Ben.

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  • Beverly Boone
  • 26/06/2020

Funny and interesting

Very funny and interesting. Folds is definitely a “No bull&*%$” guy. Loved it and wish it wasn’t over. Write another Folds!

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  • Kathy Gaalaas
  • 12/06/2020

What a Ride!

Authors who narrate their own books is such a gift. For this fan of Ben's to hear the man himself share so deeply about his life and songwriting, it's a dream come true.

Not only is Ben's voice enjoyable to listen to, but his story is even better. I'm not sure what I was expecting from his memoir, but I was floored by stories of his early beginnings, how touring with Ben Folds 5 wasn't all "Rockstar" like, and how all the ups and downs created the man he is today. And I can't forget the gems about songwriting and his advice about best practices and expectations!

Whether you're a fan from the 90s or may have found Ben's work in the last few years, you'll definitely enjoy this book. And, yes, you will laugh out loud many times thru the retelling of stories or from his dry sense of humor. He's great that way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to revisit certain parts of it -- especially to take notes from the songwriting chapters!

Thank you, Ben, for sharing your life with us!💜