Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

03 Feb 2002, 19:19 p.m.

I swear that one of the songs Nandini and Vinay…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I swear that one of the songs Nandini and Vinay and I heard four times on the radio today was from Rockin' the Suburbs by Ben Folds, but Nandini refused to believe it. Is there some Ben Folds song that sounds really whiny, contains the lyric "it hurts to be me," and is getting lots of airplay on Alice 97.3 and the like?

We were listening to the radio and other music together because we drove to Stockton and back. We listened to songs from the Rent soundtrack as well. I'd forgotten how some of those songs touch me, especially "La Vie Bohème" and "What You Own."

In other Ben Folds news: while helping me move on Thursday night, Steve and Zack ate Chinese food with me and listened with me to Rockin' the Suburbs. I mentioned that Leonard often notes how Folds starts off songs with allusions to piano exercises. Then "Gone" came on and we cracked up.