night music

While putting together a collection of music for a friend, I got stuck on Nick Drake. To be exact, on Bryter Layter. And writing a little anecdote for said friend, explaining why I’d chosen this album, I relived the times I described and it suddenly became so real and so overwhelming that I couldn’t go on and am now, on an autumnal Saturday night, at my desk, listening to the whole album and drifting somewhere between daydreaming and remembering. I will just hope that the friend in question does not read this post before I can send the music off, because I’m just going to copy what I just wrote for him half an hour ago because I can’t describe it any better:

I can’t say that I have a favourite Nick Drake album, but if I had one, I think it would be this or Pink Moon. This is my “falling-asleep-under-the-stars” album. I listened to it almost every night when I was travelling in Croatia. I’d be outside in the sun all day, hiking or swimming or reading or writing or meditating and when it started getting dark, I’d crawl into my little tent and watch the stars through the mosquito net of the open tentflap, snuggled into the sleeping bag more for comfort than warmth and I’d listen to the rustle of the wind in the pines and the creaking of wood as the earth slowly cooled down and then I’d put on my mp3-player and listen to this album very softly.

I held on to that feeling in a poem. I’ll share it below the songs, together with a photo I dedicated to the poem.

night music
night
cold stars are out
zipped in
warm and safe
in the dark
notes floating
in my ears
piano and guitar
tears fall
for lonely songs
with intricate longings
and the vulnerable voice
of a musician
who died too young
and yet can make me feel
at home
in this night

Stari Grad bay, Croatia, at night

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About wordsurfer

writer, ex-teacher, human rights believer & fighter, traveller, adventure-seeker, freedom lover, global citizen. big on daydreams, less so on reality.

Posted on October 20, 2012, in poems and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Is it terrible for me to say that I’d never even heard of Nick Drake before this? Sigh. My popular culture knowledge is nothign short of terrible these days. I must say, though, that I’m now intrigued.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. Check here for more information: http://emilystealeaves.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/more-blog-awards/
    cheers!

    • I’m shocked! Seriously, how you can never have heard of Nick Drake?!?!

      Alright, I’m joking. Well, unless you’re either very interested in music or English, chances are you wouldn’t have heard of him. He was only 26 when he died from an overdose of anti-depressants (and that was back in the seventies) and because he was not very fond of doing live concerts or even just be interviewed, he was never that well known even then. It’s only years after his death that people started to sit up and take notice of his exceptional music.

      As for the awards: THANK YOU! I’m very honoured and I’ll go and have a look right now.

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