Hello, this is my first post on here :>)
I might have had an experience common to many of you;
Going through school in the early 70's, there was a trend towards progressive music (fairly obviously). Although I wasn't completely 'in' with the clique, because I also liked Stevie Wonder and ska reggae, I had always loved The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd and The Who. These bands, plus Zep/ELP/Sabbath fuelled the testosterone, plus there was that ever-present itching urge to seek out musical dexterity, and fuel the imagination (King Crimson/Yes).
Every girl I knew back then had Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Elton, and James Taylor.
But one, 'Peta' liked the young Al Stewart, and had 'Five Leaves Left'. It was easy to curl the lip at such softies, but I could see the charm in this - plus I couldn't deny a little regard for Donovan, so I 'got it' - just didn't 'go get it'.
I also gave little interest in Fairport Convention and Sandy Denny then.
However..... time shows the wiser, and those voices from the past did wait for me. 'Timeless music'? Now a familiar term, but this is what it means, it doesn't need to belong to time.
Coming across a copy of 'Heaven In A Wild Flower' in a used record shop I used to frequent, I really liked the atmosphere that it had. Then the natural step to take, was to hear the rest of Nick Drake's work - a wonderful body of music that it is (and there's a copy of Pink Moon on its' way to me now, as I don't have that LP yet)
I got around to hearing Fairport, and the beauty of Sandy Denny's voice in particular, 'Fotheringay' off the 2nd LP is the most hauntingly sad and touching piece of music I have ever heard. Nick Drake has such a beauty, that vocal presence that fills a room, and fabulous guitar-strings playing underneath.
I realised how unique is his lingering and languishing in the words, drawn out like a bowed instrument, like they're coming to the top of a well, careful not to waste a drop of the emotional content.
We are bound in life, by time, and also by a state of mind.
Death will free us from time, life can free the binding mind.