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Thursday, December 10, 2009

HEATH LEDGER AND NICK DRAKE


Heath Ledger


Nick Drake

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Nick Drake ~ A Skin Too Few ~ Documentary ~ Part 1
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Nick Drake ~ A Skin Too Few ~ Documentary ~ Part 2
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Nick Drake ~ A Skin Too Few ~ Documentary ~ Part 3
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Nick Drake ~ A Skin Too Few ~ Documentary ~ Part 4
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I knew of Heath's interest in singer and songwriter Nick Drake. Heath wanted to do a film about the singer/songwriter. And I knew of Nick Drake's life with depression. But still when I read the part that I colored gray below, I slumped over my computer keyboard in a moment of despair.

I know a lot of people don't like
wikipedia, however I have included sections here from it about Nick Drake...

Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician best known for his haunting, acoustic, autumn tinged songs. His primary instrument was the guitar, although he was also proficient at piano, clarinet and saxophone. Although he failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, Drake's work has become more and more listened to and respected, to the point that he now ranks among the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years.

Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. None of the albums sold more than 5,000 copies on their initial release. His reluctance to perform live or be interviewed further contributed to his lack of commercial success. Despite this, he was able to gather a loyal group of fans who would champion his music. One such person was his manager, Joe Boyd, who had a clause put into his own contract with Island Records that ensured Drake's records would never go out of print. Drake suffered from depression and insomnia throughout his life, and these topics were often reflected in his lyrics. Upon completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old.


Death of Nick Drake

...At some time during the night of 24/25 November 1974, Nick Drake died at home in Far Leys from an overdose of amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant. He had gone to bed early the night before, after spending the afternoon visiting a friend. His mother claimed that, around dawn, he left his room for the kitchen. His family was used to hearing him do this many times before but, during this instance, he did not make a sound. They presumed that he was eating a bowl of cereal.
He returned to his room a short while later, and took some pills "to help him sleep".

Drake was accustomed to keeping his own hours; he
frequently had difficulty sleeping, and would often stay up through the night playing and listening to music, then sleeping late into the following morning. Recalling the events of that night, his mother later stated: "I never used to disturb him at all. But it was about 12 o’clock, and I went in, because really it seemed it was time he got up. And he was lying across the bed. The first thing I saw was his long, long legs."

.......Reasoning that Drake may have taken a high dosage of his antidepressants in order to recapture this sense of optimism, he said he prefers to imagine Drake "making a desperate lunge for life rather than a calculated surrender to death".

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It is stated that Drake's lyrics included the moon, stars, sea, rain, trees, sky, mist and seasons.

This to me was also striking because of something I saw Heath had said about such things.

Heath Ledger quotes

Wonderful Heath Youtube Channel with quotes on the homepage: springrose147

“If you just be safe about the choices you make, you don't grow.” Heath

Tribute to Heath
using the Nick Drake song Fly

Place To Be by Nick Drake




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