August 15th

Kage Baker loved the late, much-lamented British musician Nick Drake. She had all his albums, and his voice was part of the sound track of her last year.

Drake tragically killed himself in 1974, at age 26. He was arguably one of the most gifted guitarists of his time, and one of the most unknown. He and his clever hands and his sorrowing bard’s voice have become well known in the last 5 or 10 years, though; now, all sorts of people know who he was. He wrote music like flowing water and moving leaves, and most of his songs were sad.

Kage said he sang like a yendri …

Her favourite song was called Pink Moon. It’s exquisite and I love it, too – but the one that has come to mean the most to me is Black-Eyed Dog. The instrumentation …  is mist moving on a mirror-still lake; silver embroidery on a white sleeve; braided water over stones. The words are very simple. If you have to think about what they mean, you will never understand.

That dog knows my name. I’ve been walking with him the last little bit. I haven’t come home, but I have come back.

We resume our program in mid-catharsis.

A black eyed dog he called at my door
The black eyed dog he called for more
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog
A black eyed dog.

I’m growing old and I wanna go home
I’m growiing old and I don’t wanna know
I’m growing old and I wanna go home.

A black eyed dog he called at my door
A black eyed dog he called for more.