SouthBound: Ben Folds On Making Music, Making Mistakes, And Building A Creative Life

Sep 4, 2019

Ben Folds has pounded pianos into submission around the world for the past 25 years, playing everything from ballads to heavy-metal covers to symphonic pieces – often in the same night.

Now he has collected those experiences, and what he’s learned along the way, into a new book called “A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons.” He came by our studio in Charlotte the day of a recent show to talk about his lifelong obsessions, his bad decisions, and how they all became a part of his art.

One quick note: If this were a movie, it would probably be rated PG-13 for language. Just to let you know. 

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Show notes:

Ben Folds music in this episode:

  • "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces"
  • "Boxing"
  • "Phone In a Pool"
  • "Rock This Bitch"
  • "Emaline"

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