Ben Folds - Landed

In one of those stars aligning moments, Ben Folds learned to play piano because his father brought one home when he was 9, the result of a barter trade he made with a customer who was unable to pay for his work.

During his early career, he played piano, bass and drums eventually settling in as bassist in a band called Majosha in the late 80's. The band had a strong following in the college towns of North Carolina but eventually broke up.

He moved to Nashville. Then attended the University of Miami - Frost School of Music on a percussion scholarship, but dropped out with one credit to go before graduating. Then moved to New Jersey, decided to give up music and work in theater. Then moved back to North Carolina.

It was back in North Carolina that he met up with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee and with him playing piano, formed Ben Folds Five. They enjoyed much success, mainly on the adult contemporary and modern rock charts. The group disbanded and Folds went on to release several solo albums. He continues to record and work on many side projects recording and producing.

I love piano intro for Landed which is off his Songs for Silverman release. Something to look forward to: Folds announced that he plans to record an album with English author Nick Hornby, with Hornby writing the lyrics and Folds writing the music.


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