ABOUT BEN’S MEMOIR
Ben will be the first to tell you he's an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, he 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. Ben opens up about finding his voice as a musician, become a rock antihero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance..
In the title chapter, “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” he 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." (”There will be plenty of time for the limitation of the real world to impose themselves on your creation.”) In “Hall Pass,” he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood and the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting, and in “Cheap Lessons” he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way – but that luckily didn’t kill him. Ben also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multidecade, multifaceted career in the music business.
In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Ben digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message he has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, but everybody does, and life flies by in seconds.
“Delightful…Singer-songwriter Folds explores the ways in which music shaped his life and offers glimpses into the process of making music.…Folds’s fans will take great pleasure in this charming and insightful memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
“A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell. This intimate look at his life from his own unique perspective is a rare and unforgettable gift that does what Ben Folds always has done for me as an artist and a friend: encourages me to be more myself, with a lot of swear words.”—Sara Bareilles
“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
“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