In the past, I’ve written about my love for the musical group Better than Ezra. As the years go by, I still feel as strongly about the songs of Kevin Griffin as I did when I was in my twenties, which, ahem…was just a few short years ago. Or a couple of decades, but who’s counting?
Since I last wrote about Kevin Griffin’s music, the streaming music service Grooveshark went under and I lost my playlist. Good thing I keep a spreadsheet of the songs he’s written, which I update once or twice a year. Isn’t that what all nerdy music fans do? I was able to recreate most of the playlist in Spotify, another online streaming service that finally went live in Canada last year. If you already have a Spotify account, you can check out my playlist “Kevin Griffin Songs“. You’ll be surprised at the number of hit songs that you recognize! I have not included the Better than Ezra song catalogue, only the songs he has written for other artists. There are many albums/songs that are not available in Spotify, which I sometimes attempt to purchase but there is a lot of music that I now have access to and I don’t have to feel guilty about illegal downloads. I probably wouldn’t be a fan of Matt Nathanson or Graham Colton if it weren’t for the Kevin Griffin connection because these artists just don’t have the exposure through Canadian radio. However, songs that he wrote with Canadians Daniel Powter (“Cupid”) and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies (“Odds Are”) get a ton of airplay due to CRTC regulations that dictate the amount of Canadian content on the radio.
One of my goals to celebrate my 20 years as a fan (Ezralite) was to see Better than Ezra live in concert. However, it just wasn’t meant to be because Better than Ezra did not tour anywhere remotely close to home this past year. My husband has always known how I feel about the group but timing was the main issue. To my absolute delight, he is taking me to New York City this weekend to see Kevin Griffin perform at the City Winery. It’s going to be way better than seeing him perform only 4 songs as he did at the Songwriters show in Niagara Falls!