Adam opens the show talking to Ben about how gifted of a musician he is, and how ridiculous it is that so many of his great songs never get played on the radio. They also talk about the catharsis of both music and comedy, and Adam is reminded of the great lyrics in Ben’s songs. They listen to one of his favorites, ‘Selfless, Cold and Composed,’ and afterward listen to a series of terrible classic rock songs for Ben to play along with.
Adam then talks to Ben about growing up in North Carolina, and how old he was when he first discovered his passion for music. The guys also chat about why certain musicians have success over others, and they both agree that touring constantly is incredibly draining. Later they talk about some of the stories behind the music, including Ben having to call up an ex-girlfriend before ‘Brick’ hit the airwaves.
In the last part of the show, Adam and Ben jump to the phone lines to take your calls. The first caller wants to know what Ben thinks about music piracy’s impact on the industry. Another wants to know why Ben often writes songs from a third-person perspective. The guys also talk about the Ben Folds Five reunion concert, and Adam asks Ben if he’s ever considered writing a show for Broadway. As the show wraps up, the guys discuss some of the problems with self-criticism, and the best parts about performing live.
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Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Producer: Mike Lynch
Producer: Mike Dawson
Voice Over/Post-Production: Mike Dawson
Audio: Gary Smith
Technical Director: Chris Laxamana
Researcher: Mike Lynch
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler