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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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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)

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) 

“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)

©2019 Ben Folds (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“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)

“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)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cara F
  • 19/08/2019

Honest and Inspiring!

I truly enjoyed this book! Ben is honest and inspiring about what it took to achieve the career he has now.

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  • daogier
  • 16/08/2019

LOVE! And not just for fans...

I really loved this, and not just because I’m a fan of his music. I’m also an art student and painter and his thoughts on creativity, inspiration and the process of creating art was very interesting. And he narrates his own work SO WELL.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13/08/2019

All musicians must read.

Ben tells of his upbringing, successes, and troubles in life and music, while diving deep into the songwriter’s experience. I especially love his insights on the creative process. As a trained musician (and music school dropout) I found myself identifying with Ben on so many levels. I recommend the audiobook over print because he has examples and jokes that can’t be expressed on paper. He’s honest and conversational. I am truly inspired to do more songwriting. Five stars.

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  • jrdahman
  • 13/08/2019

Incredibly intimate, touching, and inspiring

when we first went to see Ben Folds we were just passing fans. We really liked his older music, but hadn't listened to anything recent at the time... Then we saw him play a show with our local Philharmonic and really FELL IN LOVE with the music (newer and older) Then we started going to ALL his shows, when he came within driving distance, and we kept falling deeper and deeper in LOVE with the music. Then when we followed him to Scotland to see him play, I thought, "Wow! This is CRAZY fandom, surely it's not possible to love an artist more than this!!" AND THEN THIS BOOK CAME OUT... And NOW, I am beyond fan status, this book has me reaching adoration, and supplication.. It's embarrassing!! This book is SO well written, and SO descriptive, that it really pulls you in and holds you spell bound as Ben tells you story after story of what his father called "Cheap lessons" (many not SO cheap) and what he learned from them. The book speaks to me as a lifelong singer songwriter (who never made it out of my home town) but it also speaks to ANYONE who has held any aspirations in life... Art, writing, photography, teaching, insurance agent, parent, life partner... anyone who's aspired to be great at anything, can learn from this book. I almost cried when it was over, because my heart was so full!!

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  • Kwipette
  • 12/08/2019

Life thus far described honestly & beautifully!!!

At concerts I love hearing Ben tell stories so Listening to him describe crazy funny stories of his life was awesome!