I asked my husband if he would like to read and review this book because he’s been a HUGE Ben Folds fan for a couple of decades now. Here are his thoughts about the book. Ben Folds’s new memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs, is a one-session read. I suppose one could break it up, but I don’t know how you’d be able to stop. Admittedly, I grew up on Ben’s music, and who doesn’t love to read about the life of one of their all-time musical heroes? Even if you’ve never heard a track of his music, however, Fold’s memoir is a refreshingly honest story of his life, blemishes and all. Peppered with plenty of humor (and four-letter words), the reader is transported to the other side of Ben’s kitchen table as he shares anecdotes and life lessons from his 20 years as a successful musician. This is a must-read for any Ben Folds fan, but I’d recommend it regardless. By the end you’ll be inspired to go create something, and building things is definitely something we could all benefit from doing a little more of. Ryan gives this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. Thank you to Penguin Random House for the ARC.
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.