12 September 2017 is the 51st birthday of American renowned singer and songwriter Ben Folds! www.puzzups.com would like to wish this highly talented crooner a happy birthday and long, healthy, melodious, and harmonious life ahead!
Ben Folds’ career has been extensive and full of great amazing creative works. The earliest age when Ben Folds got interested in music was when he was 9 years old. He was keenly interested in playing the piano. His father was a carpenter. The great and loving father brought home for his son a piano by means of barter with a customer who was unable to pay. Ben folds learned on it. At his school (Richard J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem), he played in several bands as a pianist, drummer, or bassist.
In the 1980s, Ben Folds formed a band ‘Majosha’ with his friend Millard Powers. This band gained local popularity and produced some records. It won the competition ‘Battle of Bands’ at the Duke’s University. They worked on new music and also played at local bars and parties. After the group was disbanded, Ben Folds played drums for a band ‘Pots and Pans’ for a month.
In 1990, Ben Folds moved to Nashville after Scott Siman offered him a music publishing deal. Ben liked the life at Nashville. Talking about his life there, Ben had said:
“In Nashville, I was running eight miles a day, hanging out with my friends, walking around eating chocolate-chip cookies and playing a lot of drums, which I enjoyed. Life was easy. I was never frustrated – even though I wasn’t fulfilling my contract obligations. If you are failing in Nashville, at least your standard of living is nice. Nashville is a nice way to fail.”
Ben Folds researched a lot on the piano technique. He said:
“I spent maybe six months just running scales with a metronome like a freak.I suppose that did something.”
Ben Folds now moved to Montclair, New Jersey and did some acting along with his music career. He then moved back to North Carolina and formed his Ben Folds Five band in 1994. With this band as well as solo afterward, Ben Folds created a number of genre-bending original music. Some of his scores also made it to the Billboard top list of music. He also performed at symphonies and did tours where he gave rock performances along with a piano. In 2001, he went solo and released several albums which were critically appreciated.
He is the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Ben is also an avid photographer. He holds various prestigious positions.
Ben Fold’s creativity
Ben Fold has great talent and creativity. Ben Fold had once proved his great magic and creative skills when at the Kennedy Center, he composed music and a song impromptu and live for the audience in just a few minutes time.
He came up with a melodious chord progression in a matter of seconds. He came up with this piece on being inspired by a sentence in a program book. That is the great musical quality that Ben Folds possesses! It was a lifetime of achievement which was witnessed in a few seconds. This itself speaks of the greatness of Ben Folds as a musician!
Ben Folds’ September tour dates
After his birthday, Ben Folds will not have much time to rest. His tour starts 2 days after on 14 September 2017. It would start in Texas and cover Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and reach Denver, Colorado on the 19 September 2017. On 21 and 22 September he will play in Arizona in Tucson and Tempe. On 23, 24, and 26 September, Ben would be in San Diego, LA, and Sacramento respectively. From 28 September for 3 days, Ben would perform in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
America is honored to have such a multi-talented and creative musician and we salute him for all his melodies and achievements!