I promised you something nice this week, and that would be the songs of John Martyn. He kind of reminds me of Nick Drake, but without the whole “Do we kill ourselves today?” vibe. It’s kind of hard to categorize him — especially because he lived a lot longer than Drake and got into a lot more stuff. And actually, I think he just was a far more varied creative mind. But that’s the last I’ll mention Drake — except to say that I might do a week of him too.
Let’s start with his very first, very folk, album, London Conversation — on which he performs alone. This is “Ballad of an Elder Woman,” which I just love. And if I had to guess, it will impress a number of you: