#18 – Ben Folds

I have to admit something to all of you. I’m starting to suffer some writers fatigue on this thing. I’m pushing through it, but it’s there and it’s affecting me. Trying to balance my job, my personal time, my time with my wife, my time with my friends and basic needs such as eating and sleeping with a regular writing schedule has been challenging. I’m still working all of the kinks out as best I can, but even on nights when I have something to write, there are times when I just want to watch hockey or play video games or just veg out in front of the TV with a show or a movie. As always, though, I push on. This week will be a welcome change from the last two. After the power and noise of Ministry and RevCo and Rammstein, I tread into some lighter (at least musically, certainly not emotionally) fare. This week is dedicated to Ben Folds.

I’m handling this very much like I handled Al Jourgenson week. There is no single Ben Folds project that I value more than others. So I am lumping it all together. I’ll of course be listening to his solo works: Rockin’ the Suburbs (2001), Songs for Silverman (2005), Supersunnyspeedgrahic, the LP (2006), Way to Normal (2008), University A Cappella! (2009) and So There (2015). I also be listening to his works as part of the Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Five (1995), Whatever and Ever Amen (1997), Naked Baby Photos (1998), The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999) and The Sound of the Life of the Mind (2012). I’ll also be listening to his album Lonely Avenue (2010) with Nick Hornby, his collaboration with Ben Kweller and Ben Lee The Bens EP (2003) and his work with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Damian Kulash as part of 8in8 called Nighty Night (2011). That’s a lot of music to get through.

Again, coming off of two weeks of loud and heavy, this is a welcome change. Although, given what I’ve been listening to in the last fortnight, I could find him obscenely whiny in comparison. I doubt it, but it could happen. Regardless, there is a lot more piano and a lot less heavy bass in my future, and that is fine by me right now.

Sincerely,

Mr. Tooduloo

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