Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds

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Join us in celebrating and commiserating with some of the world's foremost creatives about their endlessly various artistic processes. Not just in the arts, but in science, medicine, politics, technology, and more. Together we will figure out ways to maintain a spirit of curiosity and innovation in our everyday lives. NY Times best-selling author and musician Ben Folds hosts a podcast focused on enlightening conversations each week with guests.

 

You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds

And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw


Episode Date
Jonathan Gottschall - How Storytellers Transport Listeners
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Today’s guest is literary scholar, Research Fellow, Author, and Editor, Jonathan Gottschall! His latest book, The Story Paradox, highlights the influence of storytellers and how stories can be used for both good and bad purposes. His other work, The Storytelling Animal, shows how human beings are wired to consume stories. On this episode, we talk about how storytellers transport listeners to another state where they’re compliant, the limitations of contrarian jokes, how art is hidden in non-fiction work, if happiness and success are at odds with one another, and how often times the quality of a piece is determined by the hours put in and not raw talent.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds   And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 02, 2021
Lindsey Kraft - Changing Mediums as an Artist
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Today’s guest is actress, model, writer, and musician, Lindsey Kraft. You know her from The Shrink Next Door, Grace and Frankie, Getting On, Veep, and more! On this episode we dive into talking about going to a spiritual healer to help people transition from corporate to creative, changing between acting and playing piano, and looking for the truth to tell in songwriting. We also talk about approaching songs as a storyteller, creative ways to take inspiration from other artists, and getting the most out of collaboration.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 18, 2021
Chris Thile - How To Create Art That Is Authentically Yourself
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Today’s guest is mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, Chris Thile. You’ll know him from his work with the acoustic trio Nickel Creek, the bluegrass group, Punch Brothers, as well as his solo album, Laysongs, released this year. On this episode we talk about how the meaning of folk music changes with cultures, growing up in a musical household, showcasing both work that you worked hard on as well as work that is most authentically yourself. We also talk about what it means to be a weak agnostic, and a performance so good you forget it is an audition.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 11, 2021
Penn Jillette - Tricking Your Audience without Speaking Down to Them
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Today’s guest is magician Penn Jillette! Half of the comedy magic duo, Penn & Teller, Penn is also a musician, actor, inventor, author, and more. You’ll know him from his years of magic, the hit television show: Fool Us, and his podcast Penn’s Sunday School. On this episode, we talk about creating an even playing field in magic, choosing something you know you won’t be the best at, and developing a trick over 10,000 performances.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 04, 2021
Dodie - Being a Viral Artist and Transforming Your Career
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My guest this week is singer-songwriter Dodie. She started out by uploading original songs and covers to YouTube back in 2007, and now she's got almost 2 million YouTube subscribers, 3 EPs, and 1 full-length album. On this episode, we talk about creating a career using YouTube, the best recording session of Dodie’s life, and how a music career starting from YouTube varies compared to a more traditional route. We also dive into talking about constantly growing as an artist, and how to defy expectations, even when people just want you to play your hits.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 28, 2021
Nick Hornby - Chasing New Ideas and Finishing the Old Ones
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Today’s guest is Nick Hornby, best-selling author (High Fidelity, About A Boy, Fever Pitch), award-winning screenwriter (An Education, Wild, Brooklyn) and lyricist (Ben Folds' album, Lonely Avenue). On this episode, we talk about how children can be the most honest characters, how music and writing overlap, combating the urge to abandon an old idea for a new one, and finding out how to set a daily page goal for yourself.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 21, 2021
A Lightning Bugs Live Event with Dan Wilson
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Join Ben and his special guest Dan Wilson (writer of Not Ready To Make Nice, Someone Like You, Closing Time) LIVE from Ben's writing camp studio in Nashville. Grab a front row seat to join Ben on stage to ask your questions about his career, writing process, and what he has in store for the future! There will also be live trivia and bingo, with an opportunity to win some awesome merch.  Tickets are available now at https://app.loopedlive.com/c/3727 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 20, 2021
Metaphysical Milkshake - Creating a Song with Rainn and Reza
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On today’s bonus episode we are joined by Rainn Wilson and Reza Aslan from the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake. We dive in and get a New Week’s Resolution from both Rainn and Reza. Afterwards we create a song using a haiku, a bassoon, and a lot of creativity!  This episode is the second part of a special crossover event. Check out the other part which is also out TODAY, where Rainn, Reza and I listen to fan voicemails and answer their questions about creativity, art and music. So, head over to the Metaphysical Milkshake feed to listen to the episode and follow, rate and review if you like it! Out every Tuesday, Rainn and Reza welcome amazing guests like Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Mayim Bialik, Jason Isbell and more. Check out the other part here: https://www.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/metaphysical-milkshake-with-rainn-reza/id1566052074   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 19, 2021
Andy Grammer - Being Yourself with A Changing Music Industry
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Today’s guest is Andy Grammer, the singer, songwriter, and record producer. You’ll know Andy from hit songs like “Honey, I’m Good”, “Don’t Give up on Me”, and “Good To Be Alive.” On this episode, we dive into how the music industry has changed from an exclusive club to being more spread out, humble beginnings, helping to cultivate the magic of creating a song, and maintaining a business sense without compromising your creativity. Check out Andy’s newest song “Damn It Feels Good To Be Me” out now!  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 14, 2021
Derek Waters - Creativity in Formats and Originality
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Today’s guest is Derek Waters, the actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and director. You’ll recognize Derek from his hit series Drunk History as well as from his many other creative pursuits. Derek is a force, through and through, collaborating and contributing in any creative space he works in. On this episode we dive into talking about playing classical music during sports games, being hyper-specific while having the big picture in your head, the benefits of formulas, when to ditch formulas and make something completely original, and how your creative work is a representation of you as a person.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 07, 2021
Scott Hicks - Learning from Proximity and the Impact of an Image
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Today’s guest is Scott Hicks, the Australian film director and screenwriter. Best known for writing and directing Shine, the biopic of pianist David Helfgott, Scott received nominations for two Academy Awards. From Shine, Scott has gone on to direct many more films, such as No Reservations, The Lucky One, and Heart of Atlantis. On this episode we talk about Scott working early in his career with Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford, how a filmset is a tool for education by shadowing the work of masters, how the Australian film market differs from America’s, the true impact of an image, and creating a message using visual language.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 30, 2021
William Shatner - Talented Amateurs vs Professionals, and Learning to Control the Wind
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Today’s guest is William Shatner! Known for his iconic role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series, William is an actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer. His newest album, “BILL,” is releasing 9/24.  Ben and William collaborated on the album “Has Been,” released in 2004. In this episode, we talk about what separates an amateur from a professional (even if an amateur is more talented), saying you could have done something versus actually doing it, horseback riding, and transforming hardship into creativity. This conversation was a lot of fun so take a listen to our conversation with the one the only Mr. William Shatner.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 23, 2021
Gabriel Kahane - Not Using the Internet for One Year and the Art of Orchestra
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Today’s guest is singer-songwriter, pianist, and orchestral composer Gabriel Kahane. He’s released several albums to critical acclaim, and he’s written essays for publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times. Gabriel has a unique approach to songwriting - in 2016, he traveled all around the United States gathering inspiration for his album Book of Travelers.  On this episode, we dive into Gabe’s recent year-long hiatus from the internet, in which he discovered how genuine human interaction has become harder to find as our reliance on technology has grown. We also speak about the human nature of creativity and how technology can help but also interfere with the creative process.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 16, 2021
Greg Harris - Why Museums Exist and the Collective Experience of Media
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Today’s guest is Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Greg has had an impressive career - as the co-founder of a successful vinyl record store, the Vice President of Development at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and now as the leader of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Greg and Ben crossed paths in 2014 during Ben’s efforts to save RCA Studio A in Nashville from demolition. Out of the blue, Greg wrote an amazing letter of support that got lots of attention all over the country and helped turn the tide for his cause.  In this episode, we talk about how museums extend past just the physical objects within them, the ways music connect us together as a collective experience, and how museums should look just as much to the future as they do to the past.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 09, 2021
Marti Gould Cummings - Drag as an Art Form and How Creativity Fuels Activism
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Today’s guest is the iconic New York City drag artist, TV personality, and political activist, Marti Gould Cummings. Marti's been a regular fixture in the nightlife world for nearly a decade. They host shows such as Dragged and The Marti Report, and they have a podcast called Marti Talks. Marti is known for combining the world of drag with politics and activism. On this episode we talk about thinking outside the conventional boxes of society, as well as the origins, meaning, and constant evolution of drag. We also talk about drag as an art form, existing as a body of work that influences society while also serving as platform for conversation and discourse.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 02, 2021
Josh Groban - Finding Success in Creating Your Own Lane
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Today, my guest is singer, songwriter, and actor, Josh Groban! He's performed all around the world for over a decade, and in 2017, he starred in the hit Broadway musical, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. As an actor, you'd recognize him in tv shows and films such as - The Good Cop, Crazy Stupid Love, The Office, and so much more.  On this episode, we discussed sticking to your own style, even when the trend points a different direction, having your serious songwriting albums while also having your fun ones, collaboration on different levels, and writing a song about a rude breeze that attempts to interrupt the interview.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 26, 2021
Emily King - How Imperfection Creates Soul
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Today, my guest is singer and songwriter Emily King. She’s an amazing R&B artist with four albums and three Grammy nominations under her belt. She released an album in 2020 called Sides, which is all acoustic versions of previously released songs. On this episode, we discuss how to find your authentic voice in a world where you can have unlimited versions on a track, how recording from home and at a studio can change your creative perspective, and how sometimes the track you do half awake with your hands in your pockets is the best one that ends up on the album.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 19, 2021
Daniel Levitin - How Science and Creativity Overlap
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Today, my guest is Dr. Daniel Levitin. He’s a neuroscientist, musician, and author. His research encompasses music, the brain, health, productivity and creativity. Publishing more than 300 articles, authoring four New York Times Bestsellers, and serving as a music consultant for several musical groups, Daniel’s insight and ideas have been felt far and wide. Daniel's ears have influenced the work of Blue Öyster Cult, Chris Isaak, and many many more. On this episode, we discuss why humans create music, how our definitions and interpretation of sound have changed, the divide and overlap between science and creativity, and how the ability to recognize sound is as old as 800 million years.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 12, 2021
Bishop Briggs - Becoming a Full-Time Musician and Seeing Past the Glamour of an Industry
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Today’s guest is the musician Bishop Briggs. Her first single Wild Horses was released in 2015, and she's been cranking out music every year since then. Bishop has always been on the grind, starting out in coffee shops and small venues (which she refers to as “piss rooms,”) working hard to become the musician she is today.  We dive into the realities of being a musician full-time and running it as a business. The reality of how grief can be inspiration for your work. And cutting pass the glamor of being a singer and realizing that the people you work with is one of the most important aspects of being creative.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 05, 2021
Susan Rogers - How our Mind Naturally Recognizes Music
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Today’s guest is the record producer, sound engineer, and professor, Susan Rogers. She’s worked as a studio engineer with artists such as Prince, Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, and many more. Susan has a doctorate in music cognition and psychoacoustics from McGill University, and she’s a professor at Berklee College of Music in the Music Production and Engineering department.    On this episode, we talk about how our music tastes develop, how our ears physically react when we hear music we like, and how styles of music are constantly changing and evolving. We also speak about the human baseline of innate music knowledge and understanding of theory, and how we can learn to become better listeners.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 29, 2021
Alice Major - Shaping the Sounds of Language
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Today’s guest is a former poet laureate in Canada, author, and essayist, Alice Major. She’s published eleven collections of poetry, two novels for young adults, and an award-winning collection of essays about poetry and science. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies, and she’s active in many literary and arts organizations all over Canada. We spoke about the creations of associations in our world and how words and language contain a sound and shape that can be played with and formed. We talked about how poetry isn’t just about the words, but the part as a whole and how it flows piece to piece.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 22, 2021
Kishi Bashi - Using the Past to Create Art for the Future
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Today, my guest is singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kishi Bashi. He’s recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with a variety of artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal. His latest album, Omoiyari, was released in 2019. He is currently co-directing a feature length documentary of the same name about minority identity and the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII. This year, Kishi released his Emigrant EP, a companion piece to Omoiyari. Kishi uses his art for activism - working to educate people and to continue telling the human story one piece at a time.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 15, 2021
Sarah Donnelley - Crafting Creativity and Connecting a Community
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Today we spoke with Sarah Donnelley, an inspiring, award-winning teacher and musician based in Australia. She recently received an ARIA award for a video project she made with her students during COVID-19 lockdown in remote Wilcannia, Australia. Sarah promotes creativity inside and outside of her classroom - connecting the community around her and inspiring generations to create music, anywhere and any way they can. We spoke about connecting people where internet isn’t a given and promoting creativity when interacting can’t always be in person.  You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 08, 2021
Rove McManus - Creating a Multi-Medium Career and Perfecting the Craft of Interviewing
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Today we spoke with Rove McManus, an award-winning comedian, television and radio presenter, producer and media personality. His career has spanned many different platforms throughout the years. Voted most popular personality on Australian Television, Rove has called TV home but has expanded to create for standup comedy, radio, film, and much more. On the episode Rove spoke about how to get started in media and taught Ben how to hone his skills as a podcast interviewer and host.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2021
George Massenburg - Building the Technology of Creativity
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Today we spoke with George Massenburg, a living legend in the recording industry. A world-class electronics inventor who created the parametric equalizer, he's designed, built and managed recording studios, and his George Massenburg Labs (GML) equipment can be found in nearly every notable studio in the world. He's a multi-Grammy award winner with hundreds of recording and producing credits spanning a 40 year career, working with leading artists in virtually all genres of music.  Currently a professor at McGill University in Montreal, George continues to innovate in the emerging art of immersive sound. Join us in discussing the science of sound and creating the technology to help push creativity, as well as seeing building the infrastructure of creative pursuits that can also be achieved in the future. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2021
Ruby Amanfu - Creating Music with your Authentic Voice
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Today we spoke with Ruby Amanfu, the Nashville-based Grammy Award nominated songwriter, recording artist, actor, and activist. From her collaborations with Jack White, H.E.R., and Sara Bareilles to her expansive array of solo work, her voice as a musician has been heard by the world in many different ways. We also spoke about her recent collaboration with Leigh Nash on the song “Good Trouble,” which released in the wake of the BLM George Floyd protests and covering the importance of having your voice heard in an authentic way. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2021
Ryan O’Connell - Using Personal Stories to Create Something Larger than Yourself
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Today we spoke with Ryan O’Connell, the amazing writer, actor, showrunner, director, comedian, and activist. We spoke about formulating a writing process, how the content we create changes with age, wearing your influences on your sleeves to create something for yourself, owning your troll, and much more. We also spoke about Ryan’s Netflix show “Special” and about creating content that is for a community but also comes from a very personal place. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2021
Jeff Lawson - Solving Problems Instead Of Selling Solutions
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Today we spoke with Jeff Lawson, the Co-Founder and CEO of Twilio. His career has spanned over many years and over many companies, notably serving as the CTO of Stubhub. We talked about the creativity of programming and how creating a playground with problems to fix inspires coders to tinker and create solutions. Jeff’s goal is one of collaboration, working with his programming “artists” to get the best out of people and to be on the cutting edge of finding the next problem to fix. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2021
Sara Bareilles - Constructive Collaboration and Defining your Own Path
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Today we spoke with Sara Bareilles, the amazing singer-songwriter, actress, author, and producer. From hit songs such as Love Song and Brave, to her newest project Girls5eva, a TV series streaming on Peacock, Sara is an unstoppable creative force.  In this episode, we talked about how your childhood influences your creativity, why it's important to find the right collaborators, and ways to navigate a male-dominated industry so you can define your unique voice and learn that you don’t have to apologize for being you.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 27, 2021
Bob Saget - Collaboration in Comedy and How to Be a Dynamic Entertainer
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Today we spoke with Bob Saget, the comedian, actor, host, and podcaster. From hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos and playing Danny Tanner in Full House to his long history of stand up and his podcast, Bob has entertained millions. In this episode we talked about needing a work ethic as an entertainer, having a dynamic and evolving career as a creative, and writing songs about being old men when we were just teenagers. Other topics include knowing when you have 2 hours of material vs 2 minutes, and learning to not edit yourself. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2021
Mo Willems - Art as A Passion and Business and Learning to Stay A Child at Heart
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Today we spoke with Mo Willems, the New York Times best-selling children’s author, illustrator, animator, and playwright. He’s known for his characters such as The Pigeon, Elephant, Piggie, and many more. In our conversation we talked about how a character is a child’s best friend and how children often are the best critics, noticing details in books that adults seldom see. We dive deep in the various forms of creativity and how it can be applied in different forms, so take a listen!    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds And check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ix6szTyjg3vmx1sIj-Vfw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2021
Maegan Morrow - Music as Medicine and The Science of How Our Bodies Need Rhythm
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Today, we chatted with Maegan Morrow, a cutting edge music therapist showing that music can be used for more than just enjoyment. In our conversation, we discuss how the human body reacts physically to beats and music, showing that music and rhythm is essential to certain processes. Maegan is most known for her work with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, using music to help Gabby to speak after she suffered from brain damage from an assassination attempt.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2021
Marianne Williamson - Using Spirituality to Overcome Writer’s Block and Discovering the Past to Change the World
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Today, we spoke with Marianne Williamson, the author of 13 books and counting. Marianne has a unique approach to creativity with how she infuses spirituality into her process. This mindfulness influences her work, and we had a really interesting conversation about why we create art - in a deeper, more metaphysical way.   You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2021
Caleb Teicher - Living as A Part Time Artist and Expanding the Scope of Your Medium
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Today, we spoke with Caleb Teicher, a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. We chatted about being a creative while also being a human being, how artists get and grow ideas, and finding new approaches and perspectives in defined mediums, such as dance.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2021
Jon Batiste - Matching Technique with Creativity and How Discipline Differs from Drive
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Today, we talked to Jon Batiste, musician and band leader for Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We chatted about music theory, staying motivated in quarantine, and ways to carve out time for your art.    You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2021
Agustín Fuentes - Discovering the Evolution of Creativity and Why Monkeys Steal Things
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Today, he talked to anthropologist Agustín Fuentes about the role of creativity in our evolution and survival, how society causes writer's block, and the time a macaque monkey stole Ben's glasses. You can submit your questions to Ben here: https://www.speakpipe.com/BenFolds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2021
Welcome to Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds
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Welcome to Lightning Bugs with Ben Folds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 19, 2021