Ben at Cornell

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Ben at Cornell
« on: April 10, 2003, 09:15:46 PM »
Here's the article about the show from the Cornell Daily Sun (it's part review/part interview):

Sing Us A Song
A DAZE night out at Bailey Hall

By SOPHIA ASARE, ALEXIS DIFERDINANDO and ANDREW GILMAN

A sold out Bailey Hall moved to the fingers and voice of Ben Folds this past Sunday. From sitting, to standing, to singing, the audience and Folds connected quite easily through the piano's man humouros antics and brimming energy. Apt to play his piano while dancing or chase a tom across stage for an impromptu drum solo, Folds revealed his stunning versatility as well as musicianship. And with songs like "Philosophy," "Annie Waits," "Underground," and a cover of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," the audience couldn't help but share the rapture with which Folds played. Before Ben took the stage, sister songstresses Tegan and Sara warmed up the crowd with their blend of pop-punky folk. Fortunately, thanks to the Cornell Concert Commission, daze had an opportunity to speak with both Tegan and Ben Folds before the show....

....A Call to Ben Folds

Friday morning the Concert Commission hooked daze up with Folds' cell number for a phone interview with the modest performer. What follows is the story of a man for whom music is as much a profession as it is art. Nevertheless, Ben realizes music is what he does best; it is his calling.

daze: Is your cell your friend or enemy?

Ben Folds: Hmm, Well I guess I'm kind of its bitch.

daze: Do you have a cool ring or do you keep it on vibe?

BF: Nah, I just have the standard ring turned up really loud; I don't have anything special and I'm not into songs as rings either.

daze: How was your time outside the U.S. in Australia and Japan recording and playing live with two other Bens, Kweller and Lee that is?

BF: Ah, the Bens, It was great to play with those guys, and I mean play with them, It felt really good to have a band.

daze: Do you plan on future collaborations with them?

Ben: Well, yea. How do you mean? As a band?

daze: Sure

Ben: Hmm, BK is kinda at a different point than I am; he's just starting off his career; so he needs time to devote his attention to all of that. I loved playing with him though, but there are no plans for that in the near future.

daze: To switch topics a bit, when and where did you write the songs for your forthcoming album? Are they already written?

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2003, 09:16:14 PM »
BF: They're kinda half baked most of 'em. I got to really sit down and shit 'em out now because ... it's all inspiration now; inspiration has happened and now I have to go in and kinda finish work

daze: What might be the particular inspiration for this album do you think?

BF: Ah, I don't really know, it's not really like that ... maybe photography. I love photography so I get inspired about life in general through that; maybe that rubs off, but there's nothing really ... I don't see it as being a theme album. Usually when I go into making an album, I don't see it that way, and when I come out, I'm informed that I've made a theme album. I think when you're doing something creative, you have to realize that half of it is not under your control. So I can say what it is I think that I'm going to do, and that will probably be an indication that I didn't know what I was doing, you know what I mean? If you really have too much of a plan, I don't know, it doesn't seem to work. So right now all I know is that I got these songs started; I got a really great place to record in and I got a group of friends who, if any particular one or two aren't busy on a given day, they're gonna come in; I'll show them the songs, and we'll record and see what we have.

daze: Nice, so will you continue as a solo artist or will you continue with a band?

BF: I'm just me now; I make records ... that's me. I'm going to get together with Ben Folds Five or something like that.

daze: Gotcha, do you find either the live or studio setting more fitting or comfortable for your music?

BF: Well, for some reason, I've never felt as comfortable with some of my recordings as I have with some of my shows. But recording's have their moments; there are times that I think are brilliant. But I just think that maybe there is a certain type of musician or performer who is not necessarily easy to capture on a recording, and I feel that maybe I could be one of those people. I don't want to be 'cause I love albums, and so I want to keep recording until I feel like I've nailed it. 'Cause I don't feel like I ever nail them.

daze: So it's more of a life pursuit than album by album or show by show?

BF: No, it's really more of a day by day thing. I play music basically 'cause I get paid for it. And I used to play music 'cause it was inspiring to me. I take pictures 'cause it's inspiring to me, but I'm much better at music and the music I make beats the f*cking shit of the photos I take. So I love playing shows; I don't love going to them. And I like certain parts of making an album, but I really don't like writing songs. So it takes me a long time to ... I think what I'm saying is that there are a lot of things you don't necessarily want to do. And even musicians, I think there are two types of musicians, you get these two kinds of people. Some musicians are like, 'It's paaain; my life is paain,' and that's cool, but shut-up, and then there's the other kind that are like [in southern drawl] 'I'm so happy to be here,' and I don't really understand that either. I think it's like life; some of it is good and some of it is bad. It's my calling and it's what I do. It's the one thing that I don't f*ck up ... all the time. Everything else about life is kinda hard to keep in the roads ... well you know, I f*ck piano too. Forget all that.

daze: Oh man, I guess if you could pick something, what do you like best about being Ben Folds?

BF: Uhhhh

daze: I think I would be hard pressed to answer that question myself.

BF: Damn, that's like a Barbara Walters type question. That's when you zoom close-up to thy until you get a tear. That's a good question; I don't know ... I'm lucky enough to do something that I'm relatively comfortable with myself at doing, and most people aren't comfortable with themselves doing something that they can share with other people. You might be comfortable, I don't know, reading the paper and taking a shit even; that's great too, I mean whatever makes you happy, but I'm really lucky that what I do gets the chance to be infectious and that's what I've always been attracted to abou music and performing. So that's what I like about my gig. 'Cause I used to be a hell of a table waiter; I used to wait tables, but no on ever clapped; it didn't seem to make anyone happy. Now, I actually do a job there is a nice mutual exchange for doing. It's a no loss situation as long as you take your ego out of it as much as you can. It's a really good gig.

daze: What couldn't one man and a piano achieve?

BF: Uhh, I don't know; It'd be hard to play a rave.

Throughout the night, Ben shifted effortlessy through his repertoire and played a little something for everyone. In the end, Sunday night proved that one man, a piano, and about 2,000 audience members can make some beautiful noise.

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Offline Mustang451

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2003, 10:56:54 PM »

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BF:I'm going to get together with Ben Folds Five or something like that.



Hopes against hope this isn't a typo of some kind :D

Thanks for posting Bloviator40....though I wish Ben could be happier. :(
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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2003, 03:49:02 AM »
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Hopes against hope this isn't a typo of some kind


I think it is.

Reading it in context, he is talking about just being Ben Folds, so i think he was saying he WOULDNT get BFF back together.

On the other hand, above that, he did say that he enjoyed playing with a band (referring to The Bens), so./...

I guess we dont know, but i feel like its a typo.

Thanks for the article though Blo!!

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Offline Mustang451

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2003, 11:15:24 AM »
I'm pretty sure it is too, considering that it really isn't a logical sentance without the word 'not' stuck in there somewhere. ;)

But I can still hope! :D
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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2003, 12:17:01 PM »
I think he was trying to say that he's not planning on getting back into a band, but that's not to say he wouldn't play a song or two with Darren and Rob if he feels like that's something he wants to do. It wouldn't be anything permanent. In the famous words of Bobby Brown: "It's [his] perrogative. [He] can do what [he wants] to do."

Nice interview by the way. Thanks for posting it.

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Offline Ben_Folds_Fan

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2003, 01:22:05 PM »
I'd vote for the editing error.

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2003, 10:24:43 PM »
Hey guys, not meaning to be the pessimist, but I'm putting my vote in for a typo as well!! shame though! He does sound really sad doesn't he? Like he's so unsatisfied =( I can't believe he hates writing songs!!!!

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2003, 03:45:38 AM »
Sounds like misinfo to me.   ;)

www.benfolds.info/misinfo/misinfo.htm

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2003, 05:04:55 AM »
Um, if it was a typo and there was a 'not' in there, shouldn't it read "I'm not going to get together with Ben Folds Five or anything like that" ?

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That said, it does look like a typo. I read the thread before I read the actual interview. My bad.
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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2003, 01:21:05 PM »
Sorry if I've caused any confusion.  I just copied and pasted the article from the Cornell Daily Sun website.
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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2003, 02:38:35 AM »

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Sorry if I've caused any confusion. I just copied and pasted the article from the Cornell Daily Sun website.


Are you kidding? Thank you SO MUCH for posting the article.... it was a really good interview. Sure, there's confusion, but it's not your fault... we love to over analyze this type of thing. ;)

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Re: Ben at Cornell
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2003, 04:18:30 AM »
Yeah, what Jane said.

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