A self-taught musician who studied English Literature at Cambridge, his work is infused with the kind of literary allusions so common in the work of his favourite poets, William Blake and W.B. Yeats. He uses features from the rural landscape he grew up in to reflect the emotion at the core of his music to great effect, producing often quite simple, but deeply affecting lyrics that curl sinuously around the carefully crafted music he wrote. In 1974, Nick Drake died from an overdose of anti-depressants at the age of just 26. Whilst there is still some discussion about whether this was a deliberate or accidental act, it undoubtedly took from the world a rare talent.
In 2006, Trish married another of my friends, Kenny, the drummer from the aforementioned band - to everyone's joy and delight. At the time, I couldn't make it to their wedding, but in the card I sent, I included some of the lyrics from Time Has Told Me, (above) as nothing seemed more apt on the union of two soulmates who had found each other at last. Sadly, Kenny passed away in 2008 and is very badly missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful man and every time I hear this beautiful song it reminds me of them both.
In May 2009, I went with my friend, Amanda, to see an amazing tribute to Nick Drake's music in Birmingham Town Hall featuring, amongst others Graham Coxon, Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton. It was a very memorable, moving and rather tipsy night!
My friend Sharon and I, have talked many times about visiting Tamworth-in-Arden, where Nick is buried, as his music has meant so much to us both. During some sadder times, we have both taken solace in his songs and sharing them together has been so important to us both.
As much as I miss my beloved Yorkshire, the lyrics from this track, Northern Sky (above), rather aptly, sums my feelings on meeting David back in 2010.
'I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons, knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you're here
Brighten my northern sky'
Thank you, Nick. Thank you for your songs.