Young Ben Folds in, what I think is, a Japanese Magazine a few years ago.
I was pretty much a dork growing up. Going up in front of a crowd and being an idiot was a relief when I was a kid. But talking to two or three people at once and being myself was impossible. And being myself while singing a song was more than impossible; I would’ve rather died. I get really nervous and tend to want to be an idiot.
Ben Folds live in Detroit 11/6/10
Photo by: Me.
Seems fitting after last night’s Sing Off rendition of Short Bus Benny. :)
i’m not tired, i’m not tired….. i just………… sleeeeeep
Ben is so right here. So, SO right.
What song do you wish had become a hit?
That was happening a lot for a while in the era when we were releasing songs like 'Still Fighting It' and 'The Luckiest,' which has proven to have real longevity, but the label wasn’t even going to release it as a single because it didn’t have drums. And now I don’t walk through a day in public when someone doesn’t tell me they used it as their wedding song. I’m sure if there was a wedding top ten chart I’d have a hit. I also think 'Landed' could have gone a little further. Even 'You Don’t Know Me,' it did okay, but songs like that are more universal than the people running the business understand — they just don’t sound exactly like everything else.
I took the job (as a judge on The Sing-Off)because there was nothing about it that seemed fraudulent. At first I wasn’t going to because of what it looked like on paper. Oh, now he’s gonna be a judge on a reality show? What an asshole. But because it’s a cappella, something I’m interested in, listening to them and giving them some encouragement and feedback, I can do that, that’s good. There was something about it that felt like something I do.
Fred Jones was worn out from caring for his often screaming and crying wife during the day but he couldn’t sleep at night for fear that she in a stupor from the drugs that didn’t ease the pain would set the house ablaze with a cigarette.
Cigarette by Ben Folds Five - the way it originally appeared in a newspaper