By looking through Nick Drake's life, the first thing that comes into

my mind is about a person dramatically misunderstood by a Society which

seems not to accept the concept of hyper-sensitivity. Before getting

"killed" by the Society itself, he was "murdered", spoiled by his very

own frailties: Nick Drake was one of those few guys not able to fit in

the modern days at all. By listening to his highly introspective, somber

music you get the strong impression of a confused boy while he’s crossing

a heavy traffic-like road without watching nor to left nor to right,

totally unaware of what could happen to him. And, for sure, if you

go through Drake's records, you can understand why

he never achieved fame during his brief lifetime: his compositions

were gentle, faintly beautiful portraits of a man struggling with

his very own persona, finding extremely difficult to get on with ordina-

ry life. Anyway, that's not the matter: Drake has to be judged for his

music, not for his life: I'm not astonished about the fact he got killed

by an overdose of anti-depressants; one way or another, the artist

from Tenworth-in-Arden represented (and always he will) one of those

few legends bound to die prematurely, leaving the music he produced

an aura of unreachable mystic, fashion and deep melancholy

never matched even by today's highly technological standards.

HAZEY JANE II is a prime example of how Drake grandiosely used

to blend gentle melancholy and soothing breathes of a typical late

Spring’s atmosphere: you get the feeling of your heart keeping

pounding with a slow, soft pace, while the trumpets seem to draw

paintings of stunning impressionistic beauty. Both lyrically and

musically the song kidnappes my soul and I feel like being kept

afloat by hundreds of trumpets, while Drake’s voice progressively

falls into deep melancholy and peacefully “dies” through the final

notes: as a whole, we will all have one of most sensitive,

distinctive musical touches of the Twentieth Century.

Already in songs like TIME HAS TOLD ME, from his first LP,

FIVE LEAVES LEFT, a certain sense of frightening solitude

and mystical decadence, together with inconvertible resigna-

tion were the key-points which went on to establish the immortality

of his music: Drake masterfully sweeps along a yearning melody,

Unashamedly revealing uncommon frailties, and at the

Same time forecasting his bitter destiny: what we can see

Through the lyrics is the figure of a man never-endingly

Struggling with his restlessness and chronic lack of love.

For sure, if you happen to come up against Nick Drake’s

World you have to be quite a sensitive person, otherwise

It would be impossible to you to fully understand the

Unique mood and style of his records, along with his despe-

Rate request of consideration, a consideration he will

Never receive through his entire lifetime.

The more his talent as an original, inimitable, intimystic

Composer tended to grow-up, the more secluded he used

To become, beginning to shun even his closest friends, being kept

prisoner by increasing, raging forms of depression and

general state disorder. Among all rock legends (even if certainly

his compositions can't be dubbed as "rock") Nick Drake

inflexibly stands as an icon of his own, leading a life that was light

years distant from the ordinary rock firmament one: Drake's

persona was about an extremely shy guy, so deeply happy

to live in the countryside of his little town, Tenworth-In-

Arden: it has become now a common statement Nick Drake

was unbelievably in love with Mother Nature: a concept,

this, that kept him far from the city's unbearable chaos

and social dirtiness. In a way, he perfectly stands as

a pure, immaculate icon of his/our time, and forever he will be

...as well as I'll forever dance in the sky sustained by

the trumpets of HAZEY JANE II....

"dying" and peacefully fading into the realm of

a deafening, irremissible melancholy...........

...forever accompanied by Nick Drake's music...




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