From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs. Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick,´´ ´´You Don´t Know Me,´´ ´´Rockin´ the Suburbs,´´ and ´´The Luckiest,´´ and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he´s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock antihero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance. In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs,´´ Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream-and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once´´ he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. (´´There will be plenty of time for the limitations of the real world to impose themselves on your creation.´´) In ´´Hall Pass´´ he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood and the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting, and in ´´Cheap Lessons´´ he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way-but that luckily didn´t kill him. Folds also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multidecade, multifaceted career in the music business. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you´ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.