MILWAUKEE - Ben Folds has always been a musician to take chances. Whether it be collaborating with award-winning pop artists or contemporary authors, or crafting an album with a cappella groups, he's widely regarded as one of the great music influencers of his generation.
His critically-acclaimed album So There, which debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts, is no different. It features Folds' compositions of eight chamber pop songs and a 21 minute piano concerto, which together perfectly highlight Folds' knack for crafting not only superb pop music, but also classically themed compositions.
The So There songbook serves as a perfect companion to the album, and offers new insight into Folds' creative process. Along with eight piano/vocal transcriptions written by Folds himself, it also includes six brand new studio recordings featuring Folds going solo in the studio. These studio recordings, created exclusively for Hal Leonard and only available with this songbook, give listeners a fresh new look at the album. Folds notes that while the music is transcribed one way, it may sound quite different than what you would expect to hear. This isn't meant to throw the listener off, but to act as an encouraging way to not be afraid to stray from the source material and make it your own. As Folds puts it, "When it's time to perform something, for yourself or an audience, you just have to go for it."
The audio tracks can be accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
So There retails for $19.99 and is available from music and book stores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.