Nick Drake

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Fishoutofwater, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

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    One thing I despise is music that deliberately tries to be inspirational, I like to find joy and inspiration purely from the greatness of the song, and songs such as Cello Song, Hazey Jane II, One Of These Things First, Northern Sky, At The Chime Of A City Clock etc. just bring me great joy and happiness, regardless of whether any of them were written from "a dark place".
     
  2. peopleareleaving

    peopleareleaving Forum Resident

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    Well worth it, Dan.
     
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  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    How far is it from London?
     
  4. Greenalishi

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    I think blues music gets rid of the blues. BB King and many others have said as such. And i agree. Nick is really special. You can feel that deep groove the first time you hear him. I heard him on a car commercial and called KPFA to ask if they knew who it was and.... that started my love for Nick. Great movie about his years ago. When they played his mom singing it was like , oh , wow , i get where it came from, it was eerrie. Great movie. Nick blues away the blues all the time. Love him. But, we all like different stuff, the poppy sunny shallow stuff is your bag, sears, good for you enjoy Celine.
     
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  5. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    Of all the “depressive” artists I’ve listened to over the years, I’ve found that Nick Drake is the one that hasn’t ever dragged me down into the spiral with it.

    Joy Division, The Smiths, or even Elvis Costello or the Replacements at times - in retrospect some of that music didn’t exactly help when I was in a bad place.

    Nick Drake never acted as any kind of depressive weight for me. I get a sense of melancholy innocence and sometimes a tired resignation from his music. I also hear someone creating art from whatever it was he happened to be going through. Pink Moon is the heaviest, in those terms. But it’s still miles away from something as gloomy and fatalistic as Closer by Joy Division.

    It might be different for others.
     
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  6. peopleareleaving

    peopleareleaving Forum Resident

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    I didn't impose on one. I knew exactly where to go. If you're looking for other things to do within a hour or so by car, there's always Stratford-upon-Avon as well as Stonehenge.
     
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  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Yet you despise his music ?
     
  8. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

     
  9. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

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    Don't know.
    I hear a rich and privileged boy without strength to face life.

    There's something about him that annoys me
     
  10. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    Also, a couple weeks ago I was feeling the dark cloud because - guess what - this is my least favorite time of year. It’s hot, I’m not one for summer activities, and seeing people on my social media taking selfies at every food festival or concert made me want to lock the door and hide under a blanket.

    So I put on some Nick Drake (and Bert Jansch and John Martyn and Fairport Convention) and reminded myself that fall is right around the corner. Make of that what you will.
     
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  11. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    There’s a lot about depression you apparently don’t understand. You should probably move away from this thread and let the matter drop.
     
  12. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Bill Frisell

    Actually, the irony here is you don’t know what you’re talking about, because you basically called out people who enjoy his music as listening to it the same way you do, which is a completely bogus assertion to make on your part. How you feel about his music vs. how I feel, for example, are two completely unrelated things. You’d think someone who is into music as much as yourself would be able to understand this rather simple concept.
     
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  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Always thought Nick Drake was a poet like Rupert Brooke, a romantic poet who died in WW1.
     
  14. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    Oh c'mon. Financial status aside (why does that matter?), he suffered from severe depression at a time when the medication available to treat it was limited and not very safe. If he didn't have strength he would not have made those albums, as it took a massive amount of intestinal fortitude to pull himself together and record. The stories about the Pink Moon sessions are harrowing and yet it's a stunning album. I think he had a lot of strength and grace in the face of what he had to deal with.
     
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  15. The Acid Mouse

    The Acid Mouse Forum Resident

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    I think I read that in Chinese culture, a Pink Moon represents an impending doom or troubling times ahead. Kind of makes sense given NDs situation at the time...
     
  16. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

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    OK
     
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  17. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Post was directed at you.
     
  18. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    How anyone can listen to this song and think it's depressing is beyond me. Too beautiful for words.
     
  19. peopleareleaving

    peopleareleaving Forum Resident

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    The leave doesn't fall very far from the Fruit Tree.

     
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  20. peopleareleaving

    peopleareleaving Forum Resident

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    One of the most beautiful songs ever written.
     
  21. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Picked up cd/ diary book last year ( HMV closing down sale) for a song.
     
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  22. EddieMann

    EddieMann I used to be a king...

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    Really? Really!?! :biglaugh:
     
  23. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    No! O’ Riley. :)
     
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  24. EddieMann

    EddieMann I used to be a king...

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    Tanworth is 13 miles from Stratford upon Avon so there is a ton of stuff. We got into Stratford on Thursday, explored on Friday, did Tanworth Friday evening, and then spent the entire day Saturday in Oxford and driving through the Cotswolds. Amazing country. So yeah, lots to see.
     
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  25. EddieMann

    EddieMann I used to be a king...

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    2-2 1/2 hours maybe. Tanworth in Arden is pretty isolated though. You probably should have a car available.
     
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