Saturday, May 02, 2015

26 Under a Northern Sky

Is Nick Drake a part of your past? Do you remember Poor Boy with fondness? Then this blog is for you.  Actually, it's for anybody - I mean, I'd never heard of Nick Drake or Riding Mill Station before this project - but it's been great finding out and having a go!

Yes, it's another 26 project - and this time the challenge was as follows:

We gave 26 writers from 26 the name of a station on the long route between Newcastle and Glasgow and the title of a Nick Drake song. These two elements became the inspiration for a creative piece. We didn’t set a form but asked that each piece should be able to be read aloud in under 3 minutes and 44 seconds – the duration of Nick Drake’s ‘Northern Sky’ – which gave us the project title.

My station was Riding Mill and my Nick Drake song was Poor Boy, and my piece is here

MY station, MY song - writing as possession - discuss.


At 2:59 AM, Blogger Joan Lennon said...

Actually, there's a bit of an introduction to my piece that might help ...

"Riding Mill is situated south of the River Tyne and the remains of Hadrian's Wall. It is one of the earliest train stations in the world, open since 1835. The original building is still standing, though you can't buy tickets there any more and the trains don't stop as often as they used to.

Nick Drake lived for 26 years and died in 1974. His phenomenal guitar technique included re-tuning the strings from the usual E, A, D, G, B, E. "Poor Boy" was the 8th track on his second album "Bryter Layter". Nick (acoustic guitar and vocals) was backed by Chris MacGregor (piano), Ray Warleigh (alto sax), Dave Pegg (bass), Mike Kowalski (drums), and Pat Arnold and Doris Troy (backing vocals)."


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