On Music Matching the Mood

I started thinking today of a passage in Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy, when Will spends Christmas day with Marcus and Fiona:

Clive gave Fiona a Nick Drake cassette, and though Clive did not know about the hospital business, as far as Will was aware, there still seemed to be something weird about him forcing a possibly suicidal depressive's music on a possibly suicidal depressive.

A few nights ago, Wednesday to be precise, I felt a little down.

So what do I do? I listen to somewhat depressing music, which only brings me down more. Nick Drake's Pink Moon album, to be precise.

I'd be hard-pressed to say exactly why I was feeling down. Maybe it was an e-mail I received from a friend. Turn on the stereo, there's Pink Moon.

It's an album I listen to time and again. I love the album, it's a fantastically stripped-down folk album, Drake strumming on his guitar, his voice and the guitar the only things you hear, the words often heart-rending. One scene in “Make-Believe” was written with Pink Moon on loop in the stereo. (The album, that is, not the title track.)

Drake was never successful in his own lifetime. That's a shame, for a talent such as his.

Music matches the mood, sometimes.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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