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Deep Cuts From 1971: ‘Northern Sky’- Nick Drake. Nick Drake was one of those artists- whose fame came posthumously. In his short lifetime he released three studio albums-“Northern Sky” came from his second album Bryter Layter. Drake’s was a singer-songwriter who was known for his acoustic guitar based songs. Drake suffered from depression and his lyrics reflected that. His first two albums only sold around 5000 copies upon initial release- and this failure to gain a wider audience and recognition added more to his depression. After a third album in 1972 he withdrew to his parents home- where he would die in 1974 at the age of 26 from an overdose of an antidepressant. It would be years after his death when his music started to gain traction- and many artists have sited Drake as an influence. Rolling Stone had all three of his album listed in their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list.


  1. I think a commercial helped him right? Pink Moon I believe was the song. I never heard of him until around 2009 or so.

  2. Lovely song. I’d never heard of Drake. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. I know because, at one time, I took similar one…Nortriptyline. All tricyclic antidepressants are hard on heart rhythms and, sometimes, they are not all that effective at alleviating depression. Honestly, my feeling is, he didn’t commit suicide, he was trying to up his dose to get some relief. I’ve done that, myself. A psychiatrist I had many, many years ago told me that I was “freelancing”, referring to my self-dosing adjustments. It’s dangerous but, I completely understand the desperation to get out of a, seemingly, endless dark cloud.

    • IDK what brought on his depression but, mine came about due to synthetic hormones…i.e. BC pills. I was on those for seven years and, in retrospect/hindsight/years of research, the human body does not do well with “synthetic” anything. You screw with the endocrine system, you will get a mess. So, I went from taking a chemical in one pill form to another chemical in pill form, stretching across 28 years. One gave me severe depression, the other, a mild arrhythmia. And, Big Pharma wants us to take an experimental vaccine? I don’t f****** think so.

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