When i first bought Five Leaves Left i used to lay in bed in my dark little student hovel wishing i was a world away. The images the lyrics and music conjured up saved me from the black eyed dogs, i would stay in my room alone for three/four days at a time with about five LP's for company. Miles Davis -Kind Of Blue, Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left, John Martyn - One World and London conversation and Fairport Conventions - Unhalfbricking. people thought i was some kind of skint howard hughs. Althought Five Leaves Left brings back some haunting memories im addicted to it, its part of who i am now and every syllabel has ressonance with me.
Bryter Layter has a happier background i had by now left university and come back to the home town never wanted to return to but i had to through the neccessity of nearly killing my self with the drink. I found myself a job as a salmon fisherman on the river tweed with an older group of guys, we spent long hours breaking our backs for little to no pay but every second was magical. Every day when i retuirned home id put Bryter Layter on, the music and lyrics seemed to be a perfect match for the scenery i was part of everyday. Northern Sky just takes me back to glancing across the tweed towards Berwick-upon-Tweed on a freezing spring morning around 5 in the morning rain beating down, but then the sun broke through and everything was absolutly magical. I used to walk a couple miles home put the lp on and drift into an afternoon kip with a cuppa sitting in the yard at the back of my house.
Pink Moon again just evokes memories of a certain time in my life, when the fishing season was over i took a job in a nightclub in the town. Busy nights with namless house music pumping coursing through my body was torture, arguing with pissed up teenage males full of stella or unnatractive single mothers trying to take you home. but i used to walk home every night with my headphones in through the deserted streets and across the field home, id stop and take a look up at the autumn moon and listen to things behind the sun or pink moon and just be in awe of nature.
Nicks Music grabbed me and shook me from the first time i heard it. i unintentionally bought the music in chronological order , only through lack of funds being able to purchase and album evry once in a while. thankyou for listening
"But the man is me, yes , and the girl is you"