Molly Drake

I first read about Molly Drake a couple of years ago when the CD was issued of home recordings made by her husband in the 1950s. She sang with the English vowels of Celia Johnson in “Brief Encounter” and accompanied herself simply on the piano. Her songs are slight and short (and en masse somewhat samey) but their evocative, plaintive quality knocks me flat.

The first song of hers that I heard was “I remember”. She captured me immediately with “rainy April weather” and “harebells”, and the melody is perfect for the sentiments. I  particularly like the ghostly comment of her husband as the tape fades (“I think that was very good” . . . which rather rubbishes my idea of Molly Drake as W Somerset Maugham’s “The Colonel’s Lady”).

Of course, one imagines oneself as the lover who remembers firelight . . . but can you be sure that you’re not the one who remembers smoke?

This entry was posted in Music. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s