Nick Drake was a brilliant, but tragic musician. His songs have a somber melancholy tone to them, all of which were composed and played on the guitar. The brilliance in his music is clear, but as is often the case in the world of music, his life is tinged with tragedy. He suffered from depression and insomnia most of his life, conditions that are reflected in his music. On November 24, 1974, he kissed his mother goodnight and retired to his bedroom where he committed suicide early the next morning via an overdose of antidepressants. None of his albums sold more than 5,000 copies on their initial release. His reluctance to perform live or be interviewed further contributed to his lack of commercial success. Despite this, he was able to gather a loyal group of fans who would champion his music. Oddly, in 2000, Volkswagon featured the title track to his album Pink Moon in a television commercial and within a month Drake sold more records than he did during his entire lifetime. Gradually, he has received the recognition he deserved and now ranks as one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last half century.
As I write this Easter Sunday, I can’t help but wonder if Nick’s life might have been changed had he known that there was a God in heaven who came to earth in the form of a man and loved Nick so much that he died on a cross for him. That promise isn’t just for Nick, it’s for everyone. I’m a scientist with a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and 35+ years of experience in developing new technologies. I have several patents for a technology valued at $500 million to the company that now owns them. Scientists deal with the unknown and uncertain. But as a skeptical scientist who scrutinizes everything with the closest detail, there is nothing I am more convinced of than the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope he brings to this life and the life beyond. If you have questions about it, feel free to contact me either through a comment here or on Facebook. Happy Easter.
Day is Done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2jxjv0HkwM
Pink Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXnfhnCoOyo
Free Ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l09L45RM2RI&feature=related
Thoughts of Mary Jane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiZlAmHa7QI&feature=related
Man in a shed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0BDMTLRxgg&feature=related
Hazey Jane I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze5Bktb2jiQ&feature=related
Way to Blue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S40DdlD9JxI&feature=related
Cocaine Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY8YaLQ8H74&feature=related
Things Behind the Sun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV4D_q9QiuQ&feature=related
Time of No Reply: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4D1a00cbFA&feature=related
Hanging on a Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOFgM3mFIqw&feature=related
Milk & Honey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm9wYWuQDA4&feature=related
Blues Run the Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK1-DAgXv1c&feature=related
I’m pairing Nick with a 2007 Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico ($15.00), rated the 47th in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2010. The wine is a brilliant ruby red color. The aroma is intense, yet elegant, with scents of ripe fruits and violets that evolve into a beautiful, complex bouquet. It’s taste is filled with dark cherry and strawberry with outstanding balance. A very nice wine to enjoy with the music of Nick Drake. Enjoy!