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Thread #126718 Message #2819201
Posted By: Will Fly
23-Jan-10 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
An interesting point about Richard Thompson from Wesley. I happen to think Richard Thompson is a superb writer, performer, guitarist, etc. I've most of his recorded work and have seen him many times. And there are very good and talented musician friends of mine who also can't get on with him - so you're in good company! Another acquired taste for some.
Spot of thread drift, for which apologies.... I'd just make one comparison between Drake and Thompson in terms of their songwriting, which others may think is valid (or not). For me, Nick Drake seemed to me to write songs about his own condition, whereas Thompson seems to write songs about the human condition. Like my thread on the adotion of a persona in songwriting, Thompson's songs, many of which are filled with - as he himself puts it ironically - "doom and gloom". But he himself is not filled with doom and gloom, though his own life has had its fair share of incident.
As has been said above, it would have been interesting to hear how Drake matured had he lived.