Why The 30-Day Song Challenge?
So, why the 30-day song challenge? Some of you will no doubt have seen a lot of ’10 best’ lists on social media recently, with people listing their favourite bands/albums/pizza flavours and so on. I guess it must be because so many of us are finding ways to fill the void that stretches before us. I don’t usually go in for these kinds of things but a good friend of mine has been doing the 30-Day Song Challenge on Instagram. So I have decided to actually join in, to show my wild side, to loosen the tight shackles that bind my fun tap and let rip.
I actually started posting my songs on Instagram 3 days ago and so will be releasing the first three in one day. From then on I plan to write a short blog about my song choices every day…well I think it’s fun and I am using it as a way to WRITE MORE!
Below is the list and you are tasked with choosing a song that fits the sentence…so strap in!
30-Day Song Challenege – Day one – A song you like with a colour in the title.
There are so many songs with a colour in the title but two sprung to my mind on reading this – Raspberry Beret by Prince and Pink Moon by Nick Drake. The choice was hard but I eventually decided to go with Pink Moon.
Nick Drake was an English singer/songwriter whose recording career spanned just 3 albums. The first album Five Leaves Left was released in 1969 and his final album, Pink Moon, three years later in 1972. Initially his records didn’t sell but as the years have moved on a wider audience has taken Nick Drake and his music to there hearts.
I first came across Drake’s music 20 years ago when I saw the documentary below about his life on the BBC.
Midway through hearing the first song of his in the documentary I was hooked and knew that this was someone whose music I was going to love. Nick would tune his guitar to ‘alternative tunings’ giving him a totally unique sound which would create ‘cluster chords’. These cluster chords and Drakes incredible playing talent often results in it sounding like more that one guitar is being played.
He would sing softly, with little projection creating an almost haunting and yet beautiful sound. It is with certainty that Nick Drake is one of my favorite artists of all time. Nick sadly died in 1974 aged just 26 years old after taking an overdose of antidepressants.
Pink Moon is the opening track from the album of the same name. It was released in 1972 and initially sold around 5,000 copies but its beauty and simplicity stands the test of time so well that (in my opinion) it sounds better than many of his modern imitators.
So I plumped for Pink Moon. It’s a beautiful song and one of many that Nick Drake wrote.