Illustrations for Molly Drake Album – Part 1
March 17, 2013 § 16 Comments
Yes! I am so happy to report that the Molly Drake album is finally available!
As many of you may know Molly Drake (1915-1993) was the mother of the late great songwriter Nick Drake (1948-1974). This past year Squirrel Thing Recordings remastered a collection of her beautiful songs and I had the great honor of making two illustrations for the inside album jacket.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve ever worked on a project that was more near and dear to my heart as this one– Nick Drake’s music had a profound affect on me in my youth. If you don’t already know his songs do yourself a favor and find a copy of the album Pink Moon (1972). Here’s one of my favorite tracks from that album called From the Morning.
This newly released album of his mother’s music connects the dots and clearly shows where Nick Drake learned how to turn poetry into songs. As Nick’s producer Joe Boyd wrote Molly Drake is “the missing link in the Nick Drake story – there, in the piano chords, are the roots of Nick’s harmonies”.
Thank you to David Herman and Dan Dzula of Squirrel Thing Recordings in Brooklyn, NY for remastering this fantastic music! You can listen to and purchase Molly’s songs here. Please support this endeavor and buy the actual disc!
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