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A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

A Dream About Lightning Bugs A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons 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

  • Title: A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
  • Author: Ben Folds
  • ISBN: 1984817272
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, normcore than hardcore Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life 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, 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook Depository

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    1. Roger Bailey says:
      Having been a fan of Folds for over two decades I wasn t sure what to expect from this Folds has at various points in his life been an open book and others not so much He can also write joke songs while playing with an orchestra What we end up in the book is mostly a straight forward, serious book His wit is there, but he really hits on what s important to him He goes into music theory without getting overly technical He talks about some low points in his life if you re looking for sex an Having [...]

    2. Margot Tennenbaum says:
      Folds knocks it out of the park Who knew he was as good a book writer as he is a songwriter Cheap lessons have never been so resonant or so funny.

    3. Abigail (Abbe) says:
      Fun and self indulgent in the most positive sense Ben Folds is a musical favorite of mine and it was fun to read about his creativity and perspective 4.5 stars

    4. Jamie says:
      Having been a Ben Folds fan for years, I enjoyed reading about the person behind the music As a resident of his hometown, reading the often hilarious tales of his adolescence were especially fun.

    5. Jay Gabler says:
      It s appropriate that A Dream About Lightning Bugs is being published around the same time as C.M Kushins s excellent new Warren Zevon biography Nothing s Bad Luck The Lives of Warren Zevon, because the two artists have a lot in common They re both musicians musicians, not in the prog rock virtuoso sense but in the sense of being melodic geniuses with accessible but subversively witty senses of humor and appealingly anarchistic streaks.They re also both essentially self made musicians with m It [...]

    6. Jenni Zintel says:
      Due to a shipping problem with my long pre ordered book bookstore s fault, not Ben s or the publisher s , I resorted to checking out the audio copy on the local library s app Thank God I did Ben read it himself, and his imitation of his father alone made it good choice He also included musical notes when appropriate,which is super helpful for people like me who like the music but don t know than the most basic music terminology.I admittedly am a rabid Ben Folds fan, and as such probably Due to a [...]

    7. Bryan says:
      It s been a good year for rock musician memoirs This one was just as good as Roger Daltrey s, in my opinion.Here we have a man who I have been listening to since 1995 and always had a bit of hero worship for I have had the privilege of meeting him a few times and just blubbered, so I took this book as a real opportunity to get to know the man that I ve wanted to share a beer with And it didn t disappoint Full of great stories that I KINDA new, some I didn t know, and, most importantly, gre It s [...]

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