Ben Folds Five — “Brick” (from Whatever and Ever Amen) — Brick - Whatever and Ever Amen

The stark, lonely piano riff — not to mention Folds’ oddly effective monotone, off-putting initially, yet dripping with power and gorgeous grace by the end — underscores to boldly brilliant dramatic effect this devastating dioramic tale of a teenage boy selling Christmas gifts to help pay for his girlfriend’s abortion, and navigating his way through an inexpressibly frail, frozen grief. Some thirteen years after the fact, I still can’t believe program directors across the land actually saw fit to play this on the radio.

5 responses to “off the coast and i’m headed nowhere
(or: november 5’s honey from the hive)”

  1. the buzz from Blake Boldt:

    You’re really on a roll. Ben Folds is one of my favorites, both live and on record. Had a chance to chat with him a couple times at our local gym. Super classy guy.

  2. the buzz from brandon:

    I am on a roll lately, and thank you so much for noticing! 🙂

  3. the buzz from Blake Boldt:


  4. the buzz from brandon:

    Hey, don’t hate! You said it, I simply agreed with you!

  5. the buzz from Blake Boldt:

    No hate, only LOVE for you, Brandon.