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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. A Dream About Lightning Bugs PDF

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

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Ben Folds is an American musician who has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, a classical piano concerto, and collaborations with artists ranging from Regina Spektor to William Shatner. Folds, who was also a judge for five seasons on NBC’s acclaimed a capella show The Sing-Off, was named the first ever artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2017. He is an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy, serving on the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and as chairman of the national ArtsVote 2020 initiative. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Dimensions and Characteristics of A Dream About Lightning Bugs PDF

  • Identification Number ‏ : ‎ B07MB46QLK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (July 30, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 30, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 27385 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 331 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Best Sellers Rank: #17,208 in Kindle Store

Top reviews

Wanted so much to like this…sadly disappointed
September 8, 2019

I bought this book for a few reasons: I love memoirs and nonfiction, I love Ben’s music, and I put great stock in Sara Bareilles’s recommendation. She is my favorite musician, and after reading/devouring her memoir, all I wanted was to be her friend. Reading her candid personal stories made me identify with her and love her so much more than I did already. I am sad to say that this book did exactly the opposite for my relationship with Ben Folds.

Let me start by saying that my Ben Folds appreciation is decades old. “Brick” was one of the first songs I taught myself to play on the piano. I arranged “Annie Waits” for my college a cappella group. I saw Ben play with just his piano in my college auditorium and was enthralled. But this book was not at all what I was expecting from watching him on the Sing-Off or listening to his music. I guess I was expecting to want to be his friend?

Instead I found myself thinking, “Wow, this guy is kind of a jerk.” Yes, it is intelligently written and funny in places (hence 2 stars instead of 1) but he seems so wrapped up in his own intelligence that he can’t get out of his own way. All the pranks he has pulled and selfish things he has done made me hope for a huge revelation or deeper emotional confession/climax. It never came. There was some half-hearted self-reflection toward the end, but no real deep delving.

I was really hoping to empathize with him, to feel like I wanted to be his friend. Instead I feel like he has played another prank and the joke’s on me.
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James Wyatt
Rocks the Suburbs, but not quite The Luckiest
August 31, 2019

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.
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James B. Cook
Finished this book, Went straight to trash.
October 3, 2019

Breezy biography that illustrates how tough the music business is. But it also reveals a shallow, self-centered one-schtick “artist”. Based on his own evidence, I grew to hate this guy. By the way, fireflies – one of nature’s most enchanting creatures – have nothing to do with this story. Nothing enchanting about this musician either. I threw this book out rather than donating it because it wouldn’t be fair to subject another human being to this mess of a story.

P. Howard
Ben Folds at his finest
August 15, 2019

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.

What a treat!
August 2, 2019

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…❤️

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