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Album Board / Re: Hey Ben, about the studio version of Free Coffee...
« on: September 27, 2008, 10:33:04 PM »
Maybe because it was recorded directly from the board and out in the open [i.e., no room sound], the Bonnaroo version sounds much more dry to me than the much more rough recording in a smaller room on the Exit/In version.  Maybe that was part of the problem: for a more 'produced' record like Way To Normal seems to be, it probably just wasn't enough to go for a more raw recording [which, of course, would assume they ever wanted to do anything like I'm describing]

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Album Board / Re: Hey Ben, about the studio version of Free Coffee...
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:49:52 PM »
Cool, glad I'm not the only one.  I do really like the studio version, I just think that early live version REALLY kills for the reasons I described - and maybe just a really good live recording would be sufficient, unless they've changed the way they do it live now, which is certainly very possible.  I'll check out the Bonnaroo version in a minute.

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Album Board / Hey Ben, about the studio version of Free Coffee...
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:31:56 PM »
I certainly don't TRULY expect Ben himself to read this, but I'd love any feedback about what I'm writing about this track that I love:

When I saw the video recording of Ben and Co. playing Free Coffee at the Exit/In in Nashville, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PL3suJRSdA, I LOVED both the song and the arrangement of the song.

Firstly, that amazing, live, distorted, awesomely Atart-reminiscent sound he was getting out of the piano [which maybe only people in the 27 and up age range can relate to in the sense that I am] is something that I think is both innovative and just plain fun.

On the album, the sound appears to still be there, but in a much more semmingly synthesized, drier, certainly more studio-dead kind of way.  I still love it, but I wonder what I would've been like to go with the live sound.  Anybody see what I mean/agree/disagree?

Secondly, during the little instrumental breaks in the Exit/In version, Ben was doing this percussive thing on the G above middle C, something that, along with the unique piano setting, sounded either like a steel drum or some kind of Eastern or Gamelan percussive thing.  Killer!  And the drummer was doing something really complimentary to it, and it made for an AMAZING din of sound and vibe.

One the album, the G above middle C thing sounds like it may be waaay back in the mix if it's there at all, and the overall arrangement has changed into something that seems drier [in my opinion].  Anybody see what I mean/agree/disagree?

I LOOVE this song and do love the studio version.  BUT, I was really looking forward to hearing something very much like what I hear on the Exit/In recording, albeit in poor sound quality.  You know, a produced, high-quality reproduction of what the band does so well live.

Indeed, Ben mentioned how it might not be the most fair thing to have 'reviewed' those songs before they were even done, and before YouTube, some punk like me couldn't even write a nerdy post about this.  ha  But compare to two versions - I think they're BOTH GREAT - and you may see what I mean.  If Ben himself wanted to comment on this great song and say something about the studio arragement process, I'd be thrilled.

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Musical discovery / Kenny Jaworski [me]
« on: August 20, 2008, 10:48:03 PM »
Just spreading the love for anyone interested in what a Folds-influenced pianist/composer sounds like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19HP5THg9A

And http://www.kennyjaworski.com redirects to myspace, where you can hear three tracks.

Not too much activity these days while I work on an official launch, but feel free to check out what I have.

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Hey there, Andy and Alex!!  Thank you for the very nice greeting.




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Because Darren wrote "Kate" and Dr Dre wrote "Bitches Ain't Shit".

Darren wrote "Kate"?  Are you sure?

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General Board / Re: most underrated ben song??
« on: August 18, 2008, 03:53:24 PM »
Kalamazoo.

And I'll tell you, I think the old demo version is a little better than the EP version.

But anyway, for my money and opinion, Kalamazoo is one of Ben Folds' very, very best songs.  The fact that it isn't really talked about very much makes it qualify as 'underrated' to me.

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Geez - that freakin' 'Free Coffee' thing sounds AWESOME!  Can't wait to hear the whole song!

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News / Re: Ben's Divorce
« on: July 07, 2007, 04:23:31 PM »
Might be a bit much to hope that none of his future work reflects anything about an event as personally significant as that, Damian - but I'd say not to worry too much about anything being overtly revealing - Ben's way too crafty for that.

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General Board / Re: Ben Folds= A Jerk?
« on: July 07, 2007, 04:17:37 PM »
As someone who's met him [spoke with him] a couple of times and sneaked into one of his soundchecks, here's what I can tell you from my limited vantage-point and based on my experience with people in general:

The first time I ran into him was when about five of us were the first to be waiting in line for a June '99 gig - the Messner tour.  We were talking about the band and everything, and then Ben's walking down the street!  It was pretty crazy. He was friendly and everything, but I could [in my estimation] see some condescension creep through a little bit.  HOWEVER, when I caught his eye in the front row during the show, he looked me right in the eye and gave me a big  \m/ sign.  [I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's true - we were in the very front, after all].

So, if I had to make an estimated guess based on that experience and general experience with people, it would be this: some people have a bit of a cold, mean streak but are aware of it enough to feel bad about how it might affect others.  I do tend to believe that Ben is a good guy overall and tries his best to be friendly to the fans.

The other time I met him, he was INCREDIBLY nice.  Truly.

Now, onto the soundcheck: I DID notice that he wasn't talking to any of the student workers at this college venue and that they were keeping their distance from him.  I'd always assumed that the students were just keeping their appropriate distance - but, maybe Ben gave off a bit of a 'back off' vibe, or, maybe more, had already brushed some of them off by the time he took the stage for the soundcheck.  That last bit would be speculation, indeed.  But I definitely did notice that there wasn't any communication between any of them. 

But the story about bossy-ness and unpleasantness - while this would be NO excuse for it at all, I'd say that it might be a little off-putting to have to deal a group of kids like that, many of whom may have never done any stagehand type of work before.  I've found myself working with professional stagehands from time to time and it's only naturally frustrating for them to find themselves up there with someone with is a total novice.

Beyond that would be the obvious thing, which is that it can be very stressful to put on a show and get everything in its right place in a limited amount of time, even for someone as experienced as he is.  I've put on a number of shows with much fewer logistics and I can tell you that in my experience, 'very, VERY stressful' is an apt description.

Again, would that excuse such behavior?  The answer is no.








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Musical discovery / Re: A PIANO SAGA
« on: July 05, 2007, 05:05:28 AM »
belated update: I won the 'Vox Populi' of the category, which is the online vote.  So, looks like I'm an IMA winner.  Thanks if you voted!  :)

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Musical discovery / Re: Rufus Wainwright's new album
« on: July 05, 2007, 05:03:26 AM »
Haven't heard the whole CD, but I freaking LOVE the verse melody and progression in 'Going To a Town'!!  Not so much the other parts of the song, but I LOVE the verses and lyrics in them.  Rufus tends to be a bit too ornate in his music for my personal taste, but I love that aspect of that song.

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News / Re: Ben's Divorce
« on: July 05, 2007, 05:00:14 AM »
I just wanted to add that while I do tend to agree that it's not exactly our business, it is, for better or worse, part of a public person's 'story' in relation to their audience, which is why I actually felt some kind of shock and sadness for those involved when I found out about this, and I really wouldn't have thought that I would have.  It is significant for some of us for this reason and, therefore, should be acknowledged before appropriately moving off the topic.

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News / Re: Ben's Divorce
« on: July 04, 2007, 06:34:22 AM »
It's true - he said so on Adam Corolla's podcast [an American comedic personality].

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Musical discovery / Re: A PIANO SAGA
« on: November 10, 2006, 08:49:56 AM »
Thanks, GA!  I really am satisfied with the nomination - I don't have to win.  It appears that I'm the first contemporary classical artist to be nominated, and it's for the only album I know of that's a live, undoctored, 'take one' debut album.  That's a pretty good resume in and of itelf.   :)

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