Thursday, November 02, 2006

Nick Drake 1948-1974
Nick Drake was an English singer/songwriter not quite like anyone else. His career spanned over six years from the late sixties to the middle of the seventies. He released three albums during this period of time. That may not seem much, but the music is very innovative and the beauty of the songs won't leave you unaffected.
Nick created his own style of guitar playing, based on several different tunings and together with his elegant finger picking techniques it resulted in beautiful harmonies that neither before nor after have been surpassed by anyone.He wrote lyrics in a mysterious, symbolic kind of way.
The subjects of the songs were mostly existential but often also the classic themes of love. He was very interrested in the English language and literature, and he read much poetry. That had a great influence on him and his way of writing.
On 25 November 1974, sometime in the early morning, Nick Drake died in his room at Far Leys. He had overdosed on Tryptizol. Whether it was accidental or deliberate will never be known for certain, although the coroner declared it suicide.
Nick didn't leave any note and the weeks before he died had actually seemed to have been the happiest in the last three years for Nick. So a definitive answer to the question will never be told, but one thing for certain is that now, almost thirty years later, Nick's music is getting more and more known to people all over the world.

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