Influenced by Pink Moon.

This is the first in hopefully a long running series of blog posts about recordings that I have that have influenced me. In this first installment of "Music Influence Monday" I would like to discuss "Pink Moon" by Nick Drake.

Nick Drake is one of those artists who was discovered after he passed away. He made 3 albums during his lifetime that weren't promoted overly by his record labels and he didn't help matters much himself by shunning live performance and media interviews.

He shot to prominence when the song "Pink Moon" (the title track of this record) was used for a Volkswagen commercial in 1999 some 25 years after his death. His unusual but whimsical melodic angst ridden folk music struck a chord with music enthusiasts resulting in a growing cult following.

I was aware of some of his contemporaries like John Martyn and Bert Jansch and had heard Nick Drake being discussed on a radio programme but was not familiar with his music. About 6 years ago, one of my students, Kelly, brought in this CD to a lesson as we were discussing finger style guitar work and that is how I got to know Nick Drake. I have since bought all three albums, which are readily available on CD since the resurgence of interest in this artist.

Pink Moon is a 5 star album. It influenced me because it is pretty much just him and an acoustic guitar all the way through. It holds its own as a record through clever arranging and great melodies sustaining interest throughout and leaving you wanting more. This record has influenced me in that if I hadn't of heard it I don't know if I would have been game to have done my Rainforest solo harp project.

One of the things that I miss about not teaching now is all the music I discovered from students bringing in recordings.

2 comments

  • Phil

    Phil Scotland

    Yes - was great. I always thought of the music as being down-beat and I mean that in a complimentary way.

    Yes - was great. I always thought of the music as being down-beat and I mean that in a complimentary way.

  • Adam B Harris

    Adam B Harris

    Me or Nick Drake being downbeat? Probably me. I put out a couple of seriously upbeat records in the early century, but you are right I'm sure no rock and roller.

    Me or Nick Drake being downbeat? Probably me. I put out a couple of seriously upbeat records in the early century, but you are right I'm sure no rock and roller.

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