I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.— Ben Folds
The most pleasurable Ben Folds quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
I could probably live in Bali the rest of my life and completely live in the sticks and have a f - king moped and make a record every couple of years and not step in public and break even like I do anyway. That's really tempting.
Everybody knows it hurts to grow up... and we're still fighting it.
I don't leave my neighborhood. I don't go anywhere. There are four blocks I live in and there are two coffee shops, one at each end of the block... so I don't do much driving... Some people would say they never see me because I don't go anywhere. I stay in the blue state of Nashville, in my bubble.
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.
The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We're growing old. It's getting late.
And all I really want to say is you're the reason I want to stay.
A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything.
I feel like a quote out of context, withholding the rest so I can be for you what you want to see.
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.
I'm aware that I'm very fringe, and it's nice that way.
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.
The piano is just a different animal.
It's expensive, it's big, it's heavy, and it doesn't fit in the mix easily. Everyone grew up with a piano in their living room, so rocking out on the piano was accessible - it wasn't an upper-class thing. Now pianos have become very much a piece of furniture.
Rock and roll is - and should be - a kid's place.
Now that I have found someone, I'm feeling more alone... than I ever have before.
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.
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.
Even though I live in America more, I feel like when I go to Adelaide, that's when I get to go home.
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.
The way I see it, there's only one melody for any song.
I start songs all the time. If I weren't so lazy, I would finish them. It's like when I have a deadline I have to. I always feel very lucky that I am forced to make records at certain times. If I was forced to make 2 records a year, I would write twice as many songs. I can't make myself finish something unless I am forced
Im really good at writing almost hits.
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.
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.
The press is like any business. Its a group of really intelligent individuals that ends up being one slathering, one-eyed, drooling monster.
You never know when you put out an album that's unique whether it'll get beat up for it or not.
I feel like a quote out of context.
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.
I think people use temp music quite a bit, but the people who write the temp music don't ever really learn that their music was inspiring a movie.
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.
The music business is a weird business.
Sometimes licensing doesn't happen because some business component that you never knew about stops it.
With a song, it only takes a couple of minutes to go back to the beginning and try it again to see if it works. The novel freaks me out because, what if you get into the eighth chapter and think, 'Let's go to the top and see if this works again? It's going to take me three weeks.' I'm in awe of that.
If you can't draw a crowd, draw dicks on the wall
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.
Billy Joel and Joe Jackson were both great, and they both play piano.
White people don't sing together very often, and when they do, it's about the celebrity of the song. The singing at my shows is all about harmony.
There is still some art in pop music. But it can't happen if you're not inspired.
I drink a lot, probably too much. My scene while writing lyrics is always a bottle of scotch and stacks of note cards, pencil and pencil sharpener. I throw around note cards and drink.
If I'm in a relationship and my girlfriend is sleeping with other people, I don't need to know who it is; I just want to know how she feels about it.
In many ways, I've chosen to be plain, almost too plain, too self-effacing.
Like, if I record a vocal and I don't like the way it sounds, I would have them turn it up and take the reverb off it to make it as plain as possible.
I'm romantically inclined. No human being on Earth is not attracted to other people. There is no fairy tale that they only have eyes for you. You just choose to act on it or not.
I divorce myself from listeners who aren't tolerant of humor.
I did notice universally that, especially when it comes to weight, people look in the mirror and get the angle just right, tell themselves it's all right, and then they go out.
The cruelest lies are often told without a word The kindest truths are often spoken, never heard
If you're afraid they might discover your redneck past, there are a hundred ways to cover your redneck past.
I look to an out gay man or woman as pretty much what I would aspire to.
The strength that it takes to do that and the floodgates that open and what they pay for it.
Everything I write is personal, really.
Even when I'm sarcastic, it's quite personal. And on this record, from the production to the singing to the performances, I got it really honest. To the modern ear, it seems soft. When you hear it against other things, it seems vulnerable. Lyrically and musically, though, this is more subtle. And, yes, it's asking a lot of someone who's used to being hit over the head with bright neon to listen to this.
The nice thing about age is worrying less and less about what people think.
The less I talk in bars, write emails, express myself in an emotionally lewd way outside of my songwriting, the more I have to do it through my music.
Off the coast and I'm headed nowhere
What stupid f - king idiot gets married a second time if the first time didn't work out?