There is no known video footage of British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. In 1974, at the age of 26, he died after overdosing on prescribed antidepressants. Whether the death was a suicide or an accident was never disclosed, or discovered.
Nick Drake is one of those artists I have in my iTunes library that I don't pay much attention to; there are two songs there, and I usually glance over them. Today, in the search for inspiration, I turned him on and went after his story. Now, I'm fascinated.
I'm somewhat familiar with his music, but most people aren't. None of his music achieved really any commercial success until well after his death, and even now he is scarcely celebrated. This is a shame, because there are so many people who would appreciate his music. His voice is as gentle as any popular low-fi singer-songwriter I can think of today, his lyrics are powerful and his guitar creeps along, sometimes reminding me of George Harrison buried inside a Beatles ballad.
Here's "Pink Moon," probably his best known song (though that doesn't say much). It's a beautiful, beautiful piece of music, and it deserves to be heard. I encourage you to share it with your people.
You could say that Nick Drake is just another talented musician who suffered a tragic death at a young age, unable to handle the problems that life presented him. And you might not be wrong; maybe his story isn't all that different from that of other examples of young, depressed, gifted folks. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about.
There's more to know about Nick Drake than I'm prepared to discover right now. I'm sure there are themes of his struggles throughout his music. But for now, having discovered a new friend in music, I just want to enjoy it. I hope you will too.