If you had told me just three or four years ago that not only would I get to hear a new Ben Folds Five album — and a damn fine one to boot — but see them on tour, I would have beaten you savagely about the head, neck, and chest. OK, I would have aggressively rolled my eyes and fired off a withering Tweet when safely out of range. Dunphy, my partner in crime for the Platters That Matter podcast. We did one of those on a Ben Folds Five album, so listen to that for sure. Fortunately the music is just so damn upbeat and full of seeming joy that it hardly matters. The entire bridge section gets me every time, and for some reason reminds me to the theme from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. And this is about as beautiful as Ben Folds Five gets. Sure the chorus is a bit simplistic, but I dare you to not sing along by the end. Rarely has a song been more aptly named. Dunphy and I both waxed poetic about this great Darren Jessee song on our podcast, so once again I urge you to check it out.
Yes, this is almost impossible to do. Almost every Ben Folds song deserves to be honored, so narrowing it down to 10 can be emotionally destructive. Quick disclaimer: these songs are based on my own preferences, not necessarily cultural impact or anything like that. If you want a list like that, there are plenty of others! Sounds about right if you listen to the lyrics closely. This upbeat, fun, and catchy song is also credited with having my second favorite opening instrumental from Folds.
Erase Me (from The Sound of the Life of the Mind)
Nearly 25 years later — a quarter century! A song lasts three or four minutes and can imply one second, or one year. I think to appreciate that makes songs even more miraculous. An entire life can be evoked with the right combination of notes and words, in a second or two. On the other hand, he can be refreshingly frank and self-aware when cataloging his own foibles, all while making us feel less guilty about our own. His lyrics made it obvious that he had a book in him, and last week it finally arrived. His new memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs , is an insightful, touching and often hilarious look back at his life and career, told with wit and good old-fashioned Southern warmth — like Truman Capote, but with more F-bombs. The title comes from a childhood dream of catching lightning bugs in jars and holding them up for all to see.
Benjamin Scott Folds born September 12, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, composer and record producer. Folds was the frontman and pianist of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five from to , and again in the early s during their reunion. Apart from the band, Folds has recorded several albums and performed live as a solo artist.