A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

eBook - 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND PASTE

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.

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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9781984817280
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc - Distributor

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JessicaGma Oct 17, 2019

It was pretty entertaining as I can see how Ben Folds is a little punk rock, a little normal, and a dash of rock. He must have been a real terror to his teachers. Definitely fun especially if you are a fan.

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fillupcats
Oct 10, 2019

If you’re a fan of Ben Folds you will absolutely love this book. He approaches writing with the same thought and care he does for his music. Well done!

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FairhavenLibe
Sep 22, 2019

Fresh, funny, honest memoir by Ben Folds. In the middle of reading it, but highly recommended nonetheless!

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