Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
This is it.
Most of my musical belief system is based on records like this.
– Swiftly recorded
– Just vocals + acoustic guitar (with one pretty, if superfluous, piano overdub)
– 11 songs (or almost song fragments) with a running time under 30 minutes
I listened to this while driving to (& back from) a friend’s house in the country one night. Perhaps the perfect soundtrack for such a quiet, reflective occasion.
Of course, that was not the only evening Nick Drake’s final studio album made it in the rotation. Not even close.
Listening to Pink Moon makes me want to be a better guitar player. It certainly inspired me to attempt playing in alternate tunings.
For an album to be so sparse & so captivating is a master class in songwriting.