When I was in high school, I was a little lost. I was drafted, two weeks from curtain, to figure out the music for the production of All I Need to Know in Life I Learned in Kindergarten, which (in my opinion, please don’t sue) is one of the worst shows ever written. From that, though, my friend Nick asked me if I’d figure out Jackson Cannery by Ben Folds Five, to play with his band for the talent show.
A lot of things happened because of that request and that performance. I fell in with the theater nerds, which led to improv, which led to Iowa, which led back to Missouri and my calling and then ministry and Texas and now Kansas. It was one of those moments in my life.
And plus, I like how much slamming and banging on the piano Ben always does.
I guess the other story for this Saturday is about another Ben Folds song, the one I dislike the most, The Luckiest. (Again, opinion! Please do not sue.) I know so many people love this song, including (one assumes) Ben Folds. In One Down and Three Point Six, a super-cynical song written before a tour in order to fulfill a contractual obligation, he writes, “I love you more than any man has loved before I, love you more than all the stars up in the sky. I think that we should settle down, and live happily forever… after… What do you think of that?” The last question being to those to whom he’s contractually obligated.
Here’s the song!:
(By the way, if you haven’t found the Ben Folds Vaults on Spotify and iTunes, listen to them, it’s incredible. But I’m kind of a Ben Folds nerd, obviously.)
Anyhow, about The Luckiest. Consider these lyrics:
I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.
It’s just… I don’t know. It even sounds reminiscent of One Down.
I will also say, and I’ll tell more of this story in another post, when at the 10,000 Hours Show in Iowa City, I watched one of the funniest people I’ve ever known improvise an interpretive dance as Ben Folds performed the song above. “In a wide sea of eyes…”
So I don’t know. Maybe I do like the song. Maybe, in fact, I am the luckiest.
I’m going to stop the post, though–I wanna be lonely, when seconds pass slowly, and years go flying by…