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2009/04/28
Nick Drake

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Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician best known for his acoustic, autumnal songs. His primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Although he failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, Drake's work has grown steadily in stature, to the extent that he now ranks among the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years.(Wikipedia Nick Drake)

Discography
Main article: Nick Drake discography
* Five Leaves Left (1969)
* Bryter Layter (1970)
* Pink Moon (1972)

Musical style
Drake was obsessive about practising his guitar playing, and would often stay up through the night, experimenting with tunings and working on songs.

His mother remembered hearing him "bumping around at all hours. I think he wrote his nicest melodies in the early-morning hours."
A self-taught guitarist,Drake's guitar style is characterised by his use of alternative tunings, which he uses to create cluster chords.
Such chords are difficult to achieve on a guitar using standard tuning; Drake used tunings which made cluster chords available using more conventional chord shapes.
In many songs he accents the dissonant effect of such non-standard tunings through his vocal melodies.

Drake studied English literature while in Cambridge, and was particularly drawn to the works of William Blake, William Butler Yeats, and Henry Vaughan.
However, his lyrics do not invoke the metaphors and imagery typical of such influences.
Instead, Drake employs a series of elemental symbols and codes, largely drawn from nature. The moon, stars, sea, rain, trees, sky, mist and seasons are all commonly used, influenced in part by his rural upbringing.
Images related to summer figure centrally in his early work; from Bryter Layter on, his language is more autumnal, evoking a season commonly used to convey senses of loss and sorrow.

Throughout, Drake writes with detachment, more as an observer than participant, a point of view Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis described "as if he were viewing his life from a great, unbridgeable distance."
This perceived inability to connect has led to much speculation about Drake's sexuality.
Boyd has said he detects a virginal quality in his lyrics and music, and notes that he never observed or heard of the singer behaving in a sexual way with anyone, male or female.
Kirby described Drake's lyrics as a "series of extremely vivid, complete observations, almost like a series of epigrammatic proverbs", though he doubts that Drake saw himself as "any sort of poet".
Instead he believes that Drake's lyrics were crafted to "complement and compound a mood that the melody dictates in the first place."


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