Song of the Day, October 6: One of These Things First by Nick Drake

DrakeThingsToday’s song is One of These Things First from Nick Drake’s ambitious second album, Bryter Layter. The disc repeats the successful formula of the debut: the fragile strength of Drake’s songs, Joe Boyd’s clean production, and gorgeous, sympathetic string arrangements by Robert Kirby. Boyd brings in a wider variety of supporting artists and expands the musical styles a bit. The result is a mixed bag, but when it works, the songs shine brightly indeed.

A sort of existential exploration, this track finds Drake pondering just who he wants to be. That’s not an unusual place for the singer to find himself, but the clever wordplay and layered meanings — why is he making this journey? for whom? — make it one of his finest moments.

Enjoy this beautiful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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