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A Dream About Lightning Bugs
A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons | Ben Folds
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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 Dont 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 hes 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 dreamand 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 waybut that luckily didnt 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 youve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds. Advance 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 couldnt put this book downand 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 todayone 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 #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind
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Interesting quirky biography. I liked Ben Folds growing up but didn‘t know much about him personally. I thought of him recently and found his book. I enjoyed reading the book—it got a little long toward the end but that could have been a me problem too.

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The song of the year. Literally.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4znKUAMFY9A

cathysaid This. Is. Everything. 2y
sprainedbrain Ben Freaking Folds. 🙌🏻 2y
raeintheworld Ben Fold for the win! 2y
NikkiM5 Lol so true 2y
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I am not that much into memoirs tbh, but Ben Folds is one of my favourite musicians of all time, so I had to read it. I liked that it was a road towards the discovery of the importance of taking care of yourself without ever feeling too pathetic. But it also left some questions open.

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I love Ben folds. I went into this book excited. And it was totally worth it. I did it as an audiobook and Ben reads and also plays piano and even sings sometimes.

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„A story is a story, in any era. And the best ones, I‘ve always thought, develop from mysteries you want to solve.“ (p. 46)

THIS. 🙌

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NAM99
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I have always loved Ben Folds‘ music but never really knew his story and I‘m so glad that I know it now.

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Starting this today...hoping to finish before the weekend is over.

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