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Ben Folds, American Musician ( September 12, 1966 - )

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I'm aware that I'm very fringe, and it's nice that way.~Ben Folds


Nice Way Aware

A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything.~Ben Folds


Men Think Everything

The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We're growing old. It's getting late.~Ben Folds


Late Growing Clock

With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don't have the luxury of falling back on anything.~Ben Folds


Guitar Luxury Voice

The nature of honesty is that if someone has information or knows something about you that you don't want heard, then they have power over you.~Ben Folds


Nature Power Honesty

Everyone, when you're a teenager and you're growing up, you do feel like your life is dramatic enough to be on a TV screen, but we know that it's not.~Ben Folds


Life Growing Up You

Rock and roll is - and should be - a kid's place.~Ben Folds


Rock And Roll Rock Place

I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.~Ben Folds


Myself End Pain

Now that I have found someone, I'm feeling more alone... than I ever have before.~Ben Folds


Alone Feeling Someone

Everybody knows it hurts to grow up... and we're still fighting it.~Ben Folds


Grow Up Fighting Grow

I do have that mindset - that most good art comes from some turmoil, from someone trying to come to some equilibrium, or come up and get a breath.~Ben Folds


Art Good Trying

But I really do have a soft spot for the solo shows. Any musician who writes and sings will tell you that's the center of it, that is it. It's almost like there's something church-like about it and you gotta go back there, if you're a songwriter that sings your material.~Ben Folds


You Go Solo

I'm really good at writing 'almost hits'.~Ben Folds


Good Writing Almost

Because I write very simply, but inside the simplicity, there's a lot of subtlety. That's what I'm proud of.~Ben Folds


Simplicity Proud Inside

My job is to be some sort of music/lyric psychic, to figure out that that's the right song to not fight the lyric.~Ben Folds


Job Fight Song

Maybe this is wrong, but I feel like I craft my songs carefully enough that I still find that fifteen years after having written one, it still works for me - I'm not cringing.~Ben Folds


Me Find Feel

It's a tough thing to know that when you're making your album, you're going to end up collaborating with, say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork. That just sucks. And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is, to me, dizzying.~Ben Folds


End Me Tough

I'm older than I was, and I'm still washed-up, and I haven't changed my music one iota. It's just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you.~Ben Folds


Music People Nice

Next door, there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.~Ben Folds


Wife Day Sleep

The reason I stop playing songs is usually because I get sick of them, and then they find themselves back into the set list at some point.~Ben Folds


Find Sick Reason

I'm not really a strange person or anything, so if there's music I like, usually there's other people who like it too.~Ben Folds


Music People Strange

There is still some art in pop music. But it can't happen if you're not inspired.~Ben Folds


Music Art You

My idea is to play with the people who you know want to get it right. Then it's fun and easy to record, and you can get down to details, like taking out cymbals so the verse doesn't dwarf the chorus, something like that.~Ben Folds


Fun People Details

Why would I want to sound like Joni Mitchell? I've got Joni Mitchell records, and they're great, and I couldn't possibly be that good.~Ben Folds


Good Great Want

You never know when you put out an album that's unique whether it'll get beat up for it or not.~Ben Folds


Unique You Know

Billy Joel and Joe Jackson were both great, and they both play piano.~Ben Folds


Great Play Piano