From The Desk Of Nick Garrie: I’m A Chameleon

In 1969 Nick Garrie recorded The Nightmare Of J.B. Stanisla, a lush folk/pop album. When collectors discovered it in the ’80s, it began fetching astronomical sums, and it was eventually reissued on CD in 2005. Garrie’s life in obscurity has too many twists to recount, but includes two albums as Nick Hamilton and an opening spot on a Leonard Cohen tour in 1984. The Moon And The Village (Tapete), Garrie’s first release in 23 years, is another subtle charmer. His mellow vocals are supported by arrangements that let his stories glow with a warm inner light. Garrie will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Garrie: John Lennon, interviewed on TV after the Beatles, asked what he listened to: “The Beatles.” What he was like: “I’m a chameleon. I blend in.”

I couldn’t believe it until I realised I was the same: rugby player, ski instructor, water-ski instructor, hot-air balloon crew and now care-home singer. I’m the wrong guy to ask about films and music and restaurants.

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