It’s Been a While…

I have missed four blog posts over the past week and a half or so. I would like to blame this on my trip East to visit The Motley Fool, but the truth of the matter is that I haven’t really had anything to write about. I could write my much promised review of The Sound of the Life of the Mind, the first album from Ben Folds Five in a very long time.Or I could review the movies that I have seen in the past two weeks, the superbly excellent Looper and very fun and enjoyable Pitch Perfect. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually. Just had a bout of the blahs lately is all, plus I have been trying to focus on writing stuff that I get paid for.

Have no fear, fair readers! I do notice a bit of an uptick in traffic when I stick to my thrice-weekly publishing schedule, so hopefully I’ll be getting back to that by next week. Until then, feel free to check out anything you may have missed over the past few months, or head over to The Archives and read some older stuff that you may not have ever seen before. I find it interesting sometimes to head there and check and see if my writing has actually improved over time or if I am just fooling myself into thinking that it has. Not really a decision for me to make I suppose.

Anyway, I hope to be back to publishing frequently again soon. Until then…

Magic by Ben Folds Five

For some reason, this might have become my favorite Ben Folds Five song. Have a new appreciation for it, and love the simple lyrics. Just thought I would share:

From the back of your big brown eyes
I knew you’d be gone as soon as you could
And I hoped you would
We could see that you weren’t yourself
And the lines on your face did tell
It’s just as well
You’d never be yourself again

Saw you last night
Dance by the light of the moon
Stars in your eyes
Free from the life that you knew

You’re the magic that holds the sky up from the ground
You’re the breath that blows these cool winds ’round
Trading places with an angel

Saw you last night
Dance by the light of the moon
Stars in your eyes
Free from the life that you knew
Saw you last night
Stars in the sky
Smiled in my room

– Ben Folds Five, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

Help Make Ben Folds Five Make Sweet Music

Have you ever wanted to see your name in the liner notes of an album by your favorite artist? Do you care about music education in our schools? Would you like to see music used as therapy to comfort the sick and others? Now you can, and you can do it pretty easily.

If you saw my previous post, Ben Folds Five has reunited to record a new album. Check out this link to hear the first song from the the as yet untitled upcoming release coming out in the fall. You won’t be disappointed. If you are a fan of BF5, or Ben Folds, or music that means something in general, you can help Ben, Darren, and Robert bring the new album to life, as well as helping them support music causes across the country.

If you want to do so, check out the video on the band’s Pledge Music page and contribute something to the new album. For as little as $10, you can help make this album a reality and help make the difference in the world of music. I’ll be throwing some money behind the project later this week and I encourage you to do the same. The album is already 100% funded in less than 24 hours, so every extra bit will allow the band to put even more money towards the music causes that they support.

Once you do, feel free to share this little blog post with your friends by using one of the various share buttons below. With our help, not only will we get an awesome album from the preeminent piano rock trio of our time, but also help support some great music charity programs across the country.

Until next time…

New Ben Folds Five Track “Do It Anyway”

Readers of this blog know of my  appreciation for Ben Folds. The guy has been a solo artist now for over a decade, but I first heard his dulcet piano chords back in 1997 or so while in high school, around the time when “Whatever and Ever, Amen” was tearing up the radio waves. My appreciation has only grown deeper since that time, and I officially have to count on two hands how many times I have seen Mr. Folds live.

All that said, I have never been more excited for a Ben Folds album until now. But it’s not because it’s a new Ben Folds album. It is, in fact, a brand new album from the reunited Ben Folds Five!!! They’ve played together since they broke up in 2008, doing a concert in North Carolina in 2008 that I almost went to. They also came back together to play three songs on Ben Folds’ The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective that came out late last year, contributing three songs to that awesome set. With this new album, due in September, and a fall tour, which I may go totally groupie on and follow them around for two months, it’s a wonderful time to be a Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five fan.

Folds has released an unmastered version of a song from the album entitled “Do It Anyway.” If the rest of the album sounds anything like this, it will be on par with most everything else that the band has released.

If you want to download and listen to the song, follow this link, which will download the song in MP3 format. Then feel free to spread the word with all your friends, and join the Five in hyping a CD in a way that has only been done a few times before. If you’re a fan, spread the word to other BF5 fans you know, or try to convince some of those people out there who have yet to learn to appreciate their music to open their ears and mind to the awesomeness.

Until next time…