In a recent interview with The Evening Standard’s David Smyth, singer-songwriter Ben Folds recently expanded on his previous sentiments that live orchestra concerts are an ideal vehicle to maximize verbing the adjective noun by declaring “there are two kinds of cities: those that have symphony orchestras and those that are crap.”
There are two kinds of cities: those that have symphony orchestras and those that are crap.” Ben Folds is on stage addressing the people of San Diego, whose city is not crap. At 48, the musician from North Carolina, known for peppering emotional, often beautiful piano-rock songs with a heavy dose of sly wit, is daring to step into the lofty world of classical music.
The rest of Folds’ interview is every bit as entertaining as it is genuine. He doesn’t come across as preaching to the choir and his comment above is a good example of reinforcing the value of live symphonic music events without going treading into the old-school “great art” territory.
If nothing else, it is certainly a welcome respite from the doom and gloom conversations that punctuate labor disputes and serves as a good reminder that in order to beat current and future problems, you have to remain genuinely motivated and excited about what this field provides.