Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.
In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only ten—top albums of my life.
And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.
You know. How it was intended.
All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us continue!
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#5: Songs for Silverman by Ben Folds (2005)
(SnapDragon starts rocking back and forth in her desk chair, a look of panic on her face.)
We’re in the Top Five, yo.
And it’s so damn hard to pick. This slot at Number Five easily could have been filled by two–or even three!–others.
But Mama’s gotta choose.
And at the end of the day, Silverman wins the race.
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There are times in life a young SnapDragon just doesn’t forget.
Summer before senior year of high school, windows down in my Chevy Corsica.
Rockin’ the Suburbs blaring.
Piano. Tongue-in-Cheek lyrics. Tickle-Your-Spine chord changes.
So when Songs for Silverman came out the following spring, I was all about it, Dear Reader.
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Simply put, Ben Folds is a master musician.
And while I would describe his singing voice as merely “adequate”, I also think it’s perfect. It has a sort of raw humility that draws you in.
And if I could play piano like that?
Shit. It’s all I would do.
And when I listen to this album–which is not as often as it used to be–I feel a part of my identity restored.
I feel like my invincible high school self again, sketchpad at the ready. I shamelessly air-piano on every surface available. I sing my little heart out, and drink up every harmony like a grandmother’s homemade lemonade.
It’s a fucking delicious album, friends.
And so I leave it to you to enjoy.
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Favorite Track: “Give Judy My Notice”
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Stay tuned for Snap’s #4!
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