I FEEL GREAT, NOBODY IS A BITCH, THE SONGS AREN'T FINISHED, MY FOOT HURTS...

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Hey guys. Ben wanted me to pass this on. Happy Holidays. Jared


dear all,

i'm halfway through making the new record.  we're having a blast.  absolutely inspired.  life is good.
we booked the exit inn in nashville to play the works in progress, in whatever state they happened to be by gig time.  dennis herring, our capable producer cracked a whip and made me do that.
it was really helpful although i wanted to kick his ass for making me do it.  very nervous!  at the end of the day, i learned a lot and we keep working.

the album won't be called 'quest for fire' anymore than my father played in .38 special.  i spout crap that i think is funny and usually it isn't.  i think i'll call it 'songs in the key of c' or maybe 'dookie' would be good.

anyway, the songs that were the most realized musically, the ones we could start and stop at the same time were performed and now you can download them and review them online based on their half finished state in their first live performances recorded on a phone at a rock club.  awesome.

i only wanted to say, since i know some were concerned that i was upset at the gig, that i was really excited to be getting new songs together and we're having a fine time.  i loved playing at the exit inn.  i'm on the verge of foot surgery and was in quite a bit of pain at the gig, so between concentrating to remember chords and bumming about my foot i may have not quite been the perfect host.

'the bitch went nuts' is silly.  that's all.  nobody ever stabbed my basketball.  i don't have a basketball.  nobody is the 'bitch'.  i'm just making more absurdity out of absurdity i see in everyday life and i've seen and heard a lot of absurdity recently.   but  please don't jump to conclusions that i'm calling anyone in particular a bitch.  nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.  the answer is no, and the song is not about anybody at all.  period.

i had a tough year in some ways, yeah.  lots of people do.  i'm happy and really inspired in the studio right now.  i'm encouraging as many reviews as possible on these half finished songs, so some of you can sharpen your critic skills.  knowing it all before there's anything to know is a highly regarded reviewer ability!  and reviewing partial songs recorded on camera phone that don't end up on an album with a different name would sum up what i've always thought of reviews in general.  understand that i never cared for favorable reviews either although i understand people enjoy writing reviews as another way of expressing things about themselves they want others to know.  i like reading the phone book more because its in alphabetical order.

honestly, i'm happy that people are interested.  i'm just happiest if you know that nobody is a bitch, i'm in a great mood and space, my f*cking foot hurts and the songs aren't finished.
i can't wait to be done, probably mid feb and get out on the road and f*ck some shit up.


love,
ben

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Offline speedy_the_drummer

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whoa! this made my crappy day not crappy anymore! we should pitch in and buy him a basketball.

also, what's up with the foot?

come play in richmond. and if you want a band to come on tour and be the opener, I think we'd fit right in! check us out!
www.weknowplato.com

i'm very excited!

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DrAlexHaleIII

Get well soon, Ben, you sexy beast of a man.

That's all great news! How cool is that, to have Ben actually post a detailed message directly to his fans on a fan's site via his bassist addressing specific discussions and rumours that have been circulating and reassuring us of his happiness? Actually, a bit lazy. He could have posted himself! Ha ha! I wonder if he dictated the message in the same way that a manager dictates letters to a secretary?! I do talk b*llocks sometimes.

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Offline general_apathy (Chloe)

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Thanks for posting that, Jared. Very sweet of you! As for Ben, great to hear everything is going well for you. Get better soon, as Alex put. Lovin the new tunes!
By the way, it's much harder to decipher sarcasm in a typed message...

EDIT: Haha, poor Allison. Never thought I'd say that.
My new philosophy is that a crappy tape deck somewhere plays a greatest hits collection of strange and tender moments, lost, stranded, and forgotten. I'll meet you there.

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Offline perthgirl

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Thanks for the post Jared.
All the best for the surgery Ben.
I'm a complete bitch most days, I was hoping the song was about me.  Bugger.
And I like the sound of the new stuff, be it half-arsed, incomplete and recorded on a 1982 Walkman held underwater.
It's easy to be easy and free when it doesn't mean anything...

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Offline Kidney05

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OH MY GOD.  i did the thing about the basketball.  i've just been personally addressed by mr. folds.  in the worst way possible.
nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.

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Offline Kidney05

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jared, i just sent you a myspace message... if you see ben let him know how sorry i am, it was f*cked up of me to write that.
nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.

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Offline general_apathy (Chloe)

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jared, i just sent you a myspace message... if you see ben let him know how sorry i am, it was f*cked up of me to write that.

What did you write?
My new philosophy is that a crappy tape deck somewhere plays a greatest hits collection of strange and tender moments, lost, stranded, and forgotten. I'll meet you there.

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Offline Kidney05

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"Dear Jared,
If you could, i'd like to personally apologize to you, ben and frally for commenting her myspace about the basketball thing. In hindsight it was a really f*cked up thing to write and not my business and a really dumb mistake. You guys are my utmost heroes and it was a f*cked up thing to do. It bums me out knowing i pissed off my favorite rock band through a myspace comment, so if you could just let ben know how sorry i am i'd be really thankful. you guys are the best and i'm sorry i f*cked up. keep rocking.
-matt "
nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.

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Offline general_apathy (Chloe)

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Oh, I meant what did you write to Ben...sorry I didn't clarify.
My new philosophy is that a crappy tape deck somewhere plays a greatest hits collection of strange and tender moments, lost, stranded, and forgotten. I'll meet you there.

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Offline Kidney05

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i didn't write anything to be, only frally.. and it was "did you really stab a basketball"
nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.

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Offline whenlabratsgobad

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Things like this are why Ben is great:  even if it was sarcasm-ridden and kinda called Matt out, Ben took the time to write to his fans.

Sorry to hear about the foot, Ben.  We're all looking forward to where your current state of inspiration leads to.

And thanks for relaying the message, Jared.  Thou art awesome.

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Offline Kidney05

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it's more of a response to everything we wrote on here + my foolishness on myspace.  like all the stuff about him being pissed off-- he addressed that for this board specifically, and even though i shouldn't have said that on frally's page, i'm pretty sure alot of people were wondering the same, so i'm glad he addressed it.
nobody deserves posts on their myspace site asking if they stabbed basketballs.

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...what did i miss?! *slowpoke.gif*

the sarcasm indicative of genius

i compete in honorably fashion with songwriting talent versus ben folds supposed genius of new unfinished music yes when i get out of iraq we will have duel of extraordinary magnitude when his foot is no longer hurt so it will be a fair battle

if pour music into cup, music becomes the cup

be like music my friend

yes