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Nick Drake – River Man

Sometimes real life collides with art in the most unexpected way. As readers will know I’ve taken to the bike in recent weeks. On Saturday I cycled to work (7 miles) and went home the scenic route via Loch Lomond and the scene above (14 miles). The cycle route from Dumbarton to Balloch is along the towpath of the River Leven. I had the Ipod on playing Nick Drake and this track came on just as I was cycling through a rather dark and moody section of the journey. On my left some old industrial buildings, across the river an old church and the light had dimmed as the sun went behind a cloud. This song is simply stunning and beautiful. Incredibly there is no film footage of Nick Drake (who died in 1974 aged 26) but whoever put this montage together has done a magnificent job.

Footnote; I’ve just read that on the back of Volkswagen using Drake’s “Pink Moon” in one of their T.V. commercials, more Nick Drake albums were sold in the following months than had been in the previous 30 years. A sad irony.

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