Monday, October 8, 2007

ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST

ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST by Nick Drake.

Thanks to Volkswagen almost everyone has heard of Nick Drake, but it wasn't always this way. On balance that's a good thing but I'm not sure I ever got a bigger thrill of discovery from any single artist . That was thanks to Corbett. I remember I got my own copy of "Way To Blue" at a Blockbuster Music on 23rd Street while I was up visiting my Grandpa (the same one who built the Myriad) the fall of 1995. What is it with these songs? Are they placid? Unsettling? You can't get to the bottom of them.

Of the three albums, "Bryter Layter" always struck me as the weakest. That's the purist in me talking. Even so, Corner Bistro has long had a copy of "Way To Blue" in its jukebox, and over the years I've listened to every track there, and in my opinion one song sounds the very best there: One Of These Things First. Here it is for you.

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While I have your attention: Congratulations to our two teams for their wins this weekend, congratulations to Paul and Medina for their new baby girl, Anessa, and safe travels to Amy and the girls!

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Photo: Corner sign (1).

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9 comments:

Jason Bryant said...

Better than "River Man"? Better than "Things Behind The Sun"?

BETTER THAN "NORTHERN SKY" !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

You crazy fool............

Bill said...

Guilty as charged, but I didn't say it was my favorite song, I said it was what sounded best at the bar. If you're questioning what I think the "best" Nick Drake song is, I don't know, but it could be "Things Behind The Sun." But it's not "Northern Sky."

john said...

to me, there are scant albums better than bryter layter on sunday morning.

john again said...

oh, and like the pic quite a bit too!

jason said...

Dude - I would hate to think what would enter a Top 10 of "what sounds the best behind the bar"....

Northern Sky was the first song Vega ever heard - and I chose it for a reason.....listen to it again.

(Of course, it helped that Vega is one of the brightest stars in the northern sky)

By the way, google "How Long it Takes" and you're top 5. With a bullet....to be sure...to be sure...

Bill said...

It's gonna take a lot to move past "UCLA Library Request How Long it Takes to Fill Requests" but we'll keep plugging away.

jason said...

Have you lost all your ambition now that you're married?

Bill said...

some might say...

Amy said...

since Jason's been married longer, it's amazing he's able to function at all!