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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 22, 2008 |


One of my favorite musicians of all time is Ben Folds. One of my favorite authors of all time in Nick Hornby. And get this: Nick Hornby is going to be writing the lyrics for Ben Folds follow-up album to this September’s Way to Normal. Yeah. I realize that doesn’t mean a lot of many of our readers, but pretend that it’s Neil Gaimann writing the lyrics for a Rush album, or Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer was writing the lyrics for one of Celine Dion’s albums (and make sure all six bullets are in the chamber), and you’ll understand just how huge this is.

(Mini Diversion: Match your favorite author with your favorite musician.)

Has this ever even happened before? A well-respected author writing lyrics for a well-respected musician? I don’t know. Probably. Anyway, here’s what Nick Hornby had to say about the project:

I’m writing the lyrics for a Ben Folds album, which he’s recording in Dublin in December. I wasn’t going to mention this, on the presumption that it will never happen, but my writing partner seems confident enough to have talked about it already, and if he thinks something will come of it, then (deep breath) so do I. At the moment it feels rather as if I have several half-finished cryptic crosswords on the go: there are bits of paper lying all over the place, and sometimes I have a stab at a couplet while making the tea, or watching Arsenal beat Bolton. I suppose that’s what Dylan must do, although I have no idea who he supports.

Ben, as you may know, is quite capable of writing his own lyrics, but I think he fancied a rest, and anyway he, like me, wants to have as much fun as he can in his chosen medium while there’s still fun to be had. Ben got in touch after I’d written about Smoke in 31 Songs/Songbook, which is how I ended up contributing a song to ‘Has Been’, the mad and great William Shatner album he produced.

I swear, this is like combining peanut butter and chocolate, Jay with Silent Bob, or Jesus and the crucifix. I can’t imagine a better combination. Seriously, folks, this is better than the Ben Folds Five reunion.

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Nick Hornby Makes Sweet Love to Ben Folds' Music ... OMG *Head Explode*

Dreams Do Come True / Dustin Rowles

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