Sunday, May 04, 2008

Nick Drake

Nick Drake died in 1974 at the age of 26 from an overdose of anti-depressants. Musically, this was a huge loss. One can only imagine the influential music that Drake would have created. In fact, it has taken almost 30 years for his music to be truly appreciated. And he passed away after releasing a truly remarkable album - "Pink Moon". The title track was featured in a Volkswagen commercial and suddenly Drake sold more albums than ever. Which is a shame given the greatness of "Pink Moon", which should have a wider audience. Classic CDs can take many different forms. But "Pink Moon" has the sound of one statement, where each song perfectly leads into the next and needs each other to make sense. Recorded over 2 nights with just an acoustic guitar (some random piano is included), Drake's voice and lyrics, it captured something otherworldly. And even though we will never get to hear a follow-up, we at least get to hear "Pink Moon". For life would be just a little worse without it.

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get you all
Its a pink moon
Its a pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon.


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