This March, Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen will turn 20 years old. First of all, if you can remember when those songs were still new, as I can, that’s terrifying. Oldness is terrifying. You know what though? Whatever and Ever Amen has aged very gracefully. Part of that may be that Ben Folds has always hovered in the general vicinity of pop rock, without drifting into its confines. That has served him well.
In advance of Ben Folds' arrival at the Canopy Club this Saturday, Austin attempts to answer the question that was on nobody's mind: How is a piano-playing-rock-frontman made?