In light of the semi-recent Bob Dylan film Im Not There in which six individuals represent the spirit of Bob Dylan I want to bring up a story that should be told. Nick Drake's Pink Moon is an album everyone should listen to at least once before they die. It is a beautiful glimpse into a shattered mind of a man who felt he was "the parasite of this town". In reality he was a quiet , somewhat shy artist suffering from depression in a time when anti-depression medications were extremely strong and relatively untested. Eventually this depression lead to an early death of such a promising young man.
At the time he was writing Pink Moon, Nick Drake was so deep into depression he was hardly speaking to anyone. When he finished the album he simply left on a desk at the record company where it remained unseen for days. Legend has it, he recorded pink moon in just a couple of hours with only one trusted friend to engineer the sound. The legend also says that he recorded this mostly acoustic album (with only one overdub) while facing a wall, unable to look at his friend. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant, because the product of this session is breathtaking. Nick Drake's Guitar Playing is simply exquisite. His timing is perfect while he explored the boundaries of many unique tunings. The lyrics are wonderfully sparse, mostly beautiful fragments of thought about life love and nature. Lyrics that are so unlike most I listen to and every song from this album will stay with me for the rest of my life.
In His Song Know he sings just these words
Know that I love you
Know I don't care
Know that I see you
Know I'm not there
Nick Drake, the real Im Not There. The album is very short, you will probably be able to finish it twice during your morning commute. Because of this i have listened straight through this album hundreds of times never skipping a track.
It is fucking shameful that recently AT&T used Nick's song "From the Morning" in their commercial. That song isnt about cellphones, its about life. If you ever in a bad mood , light up a joint or whatever and just put "from the morning"on repeat and i gurantee you'll feel a bit better.