Been playing Nick Drake on endless repeat the past few weeks and it amazes me how it never gets old. I’ve been nursing a Drake obsession for more than three years now, but then I’ve been known to hook onto particular works for exceedingly long periods of time. Its part of my obsessive compulsive personality, please don’t let it scare you.
Nick Drake’s work is just exquisite, especially Pink Moon. He completed it shortly before his death in two midnight recordings and its just him and his guitar, with only a single Piano overdub on the Pink Moon track (also done by him). It’s as sincere and raw as it gets. Pink Moon is certainly a tribute to the songwriting and musical genius of Nick Drake.
Bryter Layter, 5 Leaves Left and Pink Moon were produced during his life time, with Time of No Reply being produced after his death, containing some timeless classics like “Been smoking too long”.
He was genius that went unnoticed, and it was years after his death that he got the attention that he truly deserved. He makes this prophetic vision in one of his songs, the Fruit Tree:
Fame is but a fruit tree
So very unsound.
It can never flourish
Till its stock is in the ground.
So men of fame
Can never find a way
Till time has flown
Far from their dying day.
Here‘s a link to more lyrics.