Friday 10 July 2020


We know 2020 has been the year from hell; a year we'd all like to forget. And we're only just past half way; who knows what fresh horrors await us between now and New Year's Eve? If you're looking for a silver lining - of which there are precious few - then we should count ourselves lucky we have Ben Folds among us. Why's that, I hear you cry. Well, Ben Folds has, without any fuss or sense of mawkishness, neatly written and recorded what we're all thinking right now and encapsulated the year to date; and it all clocks in at under three minutes; now that's what I call songwriting. However, don't take this the wrong way Ben, but I'm praying we never have to call on your services again. Although a plague of locusts surely can't be far away. 

Ben Folds - 2020 (2020)
(And thank you to Rol for pointing me in the direction of this)

While I'm here, I thought I'd drop another of Ben's tunes in. In the 10 years I've been writing this nonsense I can't believe I've never talked about this track before. When Folds released his Songs for Silverman album in 2005 there were, for me, two absolute standout tracks on it: 'Jesusland' which made #2 on the UK charts, and this masterpiece which was criminally overlooked at the time. 'Landed' can be filed under Songs I'd run back into a burning building for. Note to self, double check breathing apparatus in broom cupboard.

Ben Folds - Landed (2005)

My Life in 10 Objects will be returning shortly.

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