Today’s music Monday features probably my favorite musician, Griffin House. I read a review that compared Griffin to a mix of Dylan & Bono. I ‘m not sure about all that, that’s a lot to live up to, but I am sure that his music is great.
I first ran into Griffin when a friend of mine told me that she had a musician friend who she went to school with at Miami of Ohio and that I just had to check out his stuff. I was skeptical so I didn’t bother until she finally burned me mix CD with a couple of his tunes on it. I didn’t really listen to it much, here and there and it was solid but his stuff didn’t really suck me in. Fast forward a year or so… After having developed a minor crush on said girl I ran across this musician friend of hers, Griffin House, in Best Buy. I thought it was interesting that his CD was for sale at Best Buy so I picked it up. It was his CD entitled Lost and Found, I couldn’t stop listening to it! I still listen to it all the time actually, I’m listening to it right now!. It wasn’t to long after I picked up the CD that Griffin was opening for Over the Rhine (another great band) in Chicago. I happened to be at home in Freeport, IL that weekend and found out that this girl was in Chicago and would be attending the show. It was official, I was going!
The short story is… I got tickets to the later of 2 shows, she had tickets to the earlier of the shows. Come to find out Griffin was interested in the same girl. I didn’t have a chance. I hung out with the girl after the show, which is where I met Griffin for the first time. She assured me she wasn’t interested in him. They later went to date or something. I don’t know the whole story but i think it included a ring???
Anyway, that’s my Griffin House story. After I moved to Nashville I found out a lot of the people I became friends with were also friends with Griffin. Some of my friends out here in California also know him from College. It’s a small world!
But you should check out his stuff, it’s really really good! His most recent CD is Flying Upside Down. It’s a great CD, songs like I Remember and The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out of His Mind are classics!
My favorite CD of his is still Lost & Found. It’s simple, classic, and great. Probably my favorite of all his songs is the song Liberty Line which is on this CD. But songs like Amsterdam, New Day, Waterfall, Tell Me a Lie… all so good.
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Another interesting and thought provoking song by Griffin is the song Judas. It’s on his first CD Upland but it talks about the fact that someone had to be Judas. I know Griffin is a spiritual guy, I think he’s a Christian. Last time I talked to him at the coffee shop he was reading The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey. But yea, this is also a good song.
Here is a little youtube action as wells as his myspace link, check it out!