Yup, it’s true. Aside from impeccable melodies, a revolutionary right hand technique, and an otherworldly singing voice, Nick Drake also has the uncanny ability to alleviate the discomfort of a stubborn cough. They don’t talk much about that in the history books, but boy, was he a healer. That’s why it makes sense that Vicks has chosen (or, rather, Gabrielle Drake has
allowed profited from) the song ‘From the Morning’ to be featured in a new commercial. Yeah, that song: the last track off Pink Moon, the lyrics of which are inscribed on his headstone. Now, I firmly believe that there is no shame in an artist choosing to allow companies to use their songs in ads – it is their choice after all, and besides, making a living in the world of music is getting harder and harder these days. But Nick Drake didn’t have a choice. In case anyone reading this is unaware, Nick Drake is dead. Has been for a while now. When the song Pink Moon was used in the somehow now-legendary VW advert, there were the inevitable skeptics and purists crying for blood. To that commercial’s credit, though, I did feel that it’s tone, imagery, and theme somewhat – somewhat – echoed the sentiments of the song. The Vicks commercial does not. At all. Click the Vicks bottle to see for yourself!