LISTEN: Ben Folds on A Dream About Lightning Bugs

by |August 30, 2019
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Ben Folds has worn many hats over his lifetime – musician, singer-songwriter, rock band frontman… and now author.

A Dream About Lightning Bugs is his electrifying memoir, which he describes as a collection of lessons he’s learnt over the course of his life. In it, Ben reflects with characteristic humour on all of the stupid things he’s done, how they could have gone much worse, and how he’s undergone what he calls “course correction” in order to get to where he is today.

“Most of the time you’re out there kind of sinking or swimming, and that’s what humans do,” says Ben.

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Ben Folds (centre), with Dr Tim Byron and Dr Jadey O’Regan

Ultimately, A Dream About Lightning Bugs is a book about surviving the things you bring upon yourself, how you grow from your failures and learn to express yourself. Fans of his music will recognise the wittiness of his songwriting in the storytelling here, as well as the empathy and honesty of it.

“You start to realise the value of being honest in your music, in that you can’t always be a good character,” says Ben. What’s important is that you work towards being better, and that starts with admitting to your own wants and needs.

“We all want to be good guys.”

Ben Folds came to Booktopia to sign some copies of A Dream About Lightning Bugs before sitting down for a very special edition of The Booktopia Podcast where he was interviewed by Dr. Tim Byron, a music psychology lecturer at the University of Wollongong, and Dr. Jadey O’Regan, the head of Contemporary Music Practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Listen to their chat with Ben below (and don’t forget to buy yourself a signed copy of A Dream About Lightning Bugs before we sell out!).


A Dream About Lightning Bugsby Ben Folds

A Dream About Lightning Bugs

by Ben Folds

From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs.

Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated musician, singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ and ‘The Luckiest’. In A Dream About Lightning Bugs, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age...

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