Monday, February 13, 2006

Nick Drake (1948 - 1974)


Many of you, the readers of this blog, come here because you share our love of classical and jazz music. From time to time, though, I'll be taking the liberty of featuring an artist I think is especially deserving of attention, whether he be classical or not. So with that, allow me to introduce Nick Drake. My hope is that those of you who find this blog looking for Nick Drake will take the time to download a classical album or two, and those of you who find this blog looking for Debussy will take the time to download some Nick Drake or Sufjan Stevens.

Before his tragic and early death from an anti-depressant overdose, Nick Drake was one of the most creative guitar players of the 60's and 70's folk scene. His innovative tuning and technique made his guitar sound more like a string quartet than a simply-strummed voice accompaniment. He was an incredibly shy person; he avoided playing live and even recorded facing the wall to escape eye-contact. Only making three proper albums before he died, Nick Drake's music is sincere and beautiful, and should be heard by everyone.

Nick Drake's last - and best - album: "Pink Moon" (The files are in AAC; I hope that dosen't bother anyone)

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