|Prayer for the People.
||[Jun. 29th, 2004|01:00 am]
|[||In the Moment
|||||Nick Drake - Things Behind the Sun||]|
A NY Times piece mentions a new Nick Drake release.
This information struck me:
NICK DRAKE "Made to Love Magic" (Island), a disc of private recordings, rerecordings with new details and one previously unknown studio track, probably exhausts the small but deep opus of the brilliant folk-singer Nick Drake, who overdosed on antidepressants in 1974. Where his original albums established their own coherent worlds, this one traces a wrenching, disturbing curve, spending much of its time on the downside. One unknown song from his final session, "Tow the Line," was found recently and appears here. It's just voice and guitar, the pulsing chords anchored by an ominous droning low note, and its lyrics can be interpreted as a plea for guidance. It's a long way from the haughty composure of his work only five years earlier, and a bit scary. His calculated mystery was gone at this point; now he just radiated need.
It becomes infinitely more difficult, seemingly, to view the results of efforts made by ourselves while we are consumed with the effort.
Every new year appears to be the most foul. With the year 2004, information brings us a rather confusing time. No one really knows for sure how the future will progress. As the information rate increased exponentially in the later half of the 20th century, we seemingly began to lose some of ourselves. It is possible that the information didn't cause individuals to lose themselves . . . the confusion was there, and it was always there, but never with such clarity and resolution.
Please, in these times, may all of us not give up on our paths.
May we continue to see some light.