Mr. Ben Folds. My darling, my sweetheart, my soul. I told my husband the other night, "almost the greatest gift you have given me is Ben Folds". And it's absolutely true. My husband has given me many gifts of the emotional sort, most of all his gift of being the funniest person I know, but THIS? This is special. This doesn't happen very often.
I was late to this party. I never knew Ben Folds. And when DH and I got together in 2007, that very first night, he sat me down and had me listen to some songs. I immediately knew 2 things that night, that my life was changing forever with this man I would soon marry, and that I found another new love. Another soul connection in this Ben Folds person. So yeah, that was one helluva night for me.
|DH had the lyrics from this song framed for my Soberthday a few years ago. It lives above our bed. |
Google this song and listen if you don't know it. And I am the luckiest.
Ben Folds Five was the group years ago and they are equally important. Do yourself a favor and listen to well, all of it. The group and the solo stuff.
I won't go on and on about how Ben Folds gets me and gets life and struggle and emotion and the music just reaches my core instantly. I won't go on about how he's a fucking genius and cannot even be explained. I won't say that he is funny and smart and nerdy and sings his experiences in life and love and the music - my God. How does a human come up with this incredibly beautiful and poppy music? My tiny brain cannot grasp this. My life is incredibly richer because of him. I will say, I am entirely grateful that he deemed us worthy of his gift.
Here's just a tiny sample. First killer to the core beauty:
Onto angry break up song. SO GOOD. Give me back my black t-shirt:
Then astute observation:
You know how to use the Google. Go get lost in him like I do. I get lost in all these and I have every single song on my ipod.
So I thank my dear Dumpster Husband for that one night, that fundamentally changed my entire life. My soul and my heart and even my head have been so much better off due to those few first hours.
***EDITED to add that my friend Chris is doing a music challenge, and I posted this before I knew about it. SO this will have to do as my entry. I am confident of it's heft. Go check out From the Bungalow please!