Artist: Better Than Ezra
Genres: #indierock #alternativerock
Location: New Orleans, United States
Release date: August, 2001
Comment: I think Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra is one of the best lyricists around. BTE are best known for their singles released during alternative rock’s heyday in the 1990s, but Closer was the album that introduced me to them. A Lifetime is one of my favorite songs ever and a great example of how talented Kevin is as a songwriter. However, the song I want to feature today is the title track from that underrated album, a song that always resonated with me even though it I couldn’t really relate to it before.
Closer is a beautiful song Griffin wrote after having his first child. In it, he wonderfully describes the excitement, pride, bewilderment and fear he felt all at once as a new dad. I hadn’t mentioned it here before but I’m about to become a dad as well in the next 24 hours or so, and I’m finally starting to understand what Kevin Griffin meant word by word. Incredibly, I can now say that Closer is even better than I thought.
Hope you enjoy this week’s #ThrowbackThursday entry, and please bear with me while I adapt to my new routine.
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2 Replies to “Better Than Ezra – Closer”
A beautiful & powerful song I was not familiar with, and I can hear why it now resonates with you. As I previously mentioned on Instagram, congratulations on the birth of your child.
Thanks for your kind wishes, Jeff! It’s been a truly life-changing experience. I haven’t had much time to sit in front of my laptop for more than 10 minutes, hence my delayed response, but it’s totally worth it.
I’m glad I helped you discover this great song. I really recommend ‘A Lifetime” from the same album.
I’ll be back soon!