Nick Drake (1948-1974) is an artist I don’t know anything about; I suppose in part because he died just as I was growing into the age where my interest in listening to and collecting music was developing.
I gather Drake’s music didn’t gain as much recognition in his life; in fact, he entered the Billboard 100 for the first time, many years after he died. His estate website looks inviting, and I have bookmarked it to read through it another day. The reading list is getting somewhat lengthy!
I’ve heard of Nick Drake many times, and his name brings up an enigmatic image. I’m not even sure I was aware that he was dead — though I supposed I must have — and I can’t recall any of his songs. I heard today’s song played on the always reliable Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, which plays on BBC 6 Music at 8:00 am CDT. Garvey and the BBC have extended the program to three hours… which is exciting for me as I savour each episode, so I hope this is a permanent move. I just pulled today’s instalment from the BBC Sounds archive this evening, as I’ve been occupied all day: The day has included time on the bike trainer, a walk with Sweety, a Zoom teleconference, phone calls with family, dinner, a touch of news coverage on the coronavirus emergency, and an episode of MI-5 on BritBox. Today was also interspersed with text messages checking in on (and being checked in on by) our various people, plus email. Plus, I’m trying to connect with a friend who’s been out of touch for a couple of weeks, which is worrisome. I hope he is okay.
So, as it’s getting later in the day, Drake will have to wait for another time. I look forward to learning more about him and his legacy of music. In the meantime, “‘Cello Song” awaits. It’s a lovely piece, with simple instrumentation and a soft vocal.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
You’ll find the official audio of the song on the Listen page of Bryter Music, the official website of The Estate of Nick Drake.