not often that i feel a twinge of sadness when a celebrity dies.
just learnt that don van vilet has died at the age of 69.
i discovered captain beefheart through the music of frank zappa. unlike zappa, who continued to make music up until his untimely death, beefheart had given up music to devote his time and energy to painting.
time to dig out my captain beefheart cds and have a listen to 'trout mask replica', 'doc at the radar station', 'shiny beast (bat chain puller)', 'bluejeans and moonbeams' and 'bongo fury' (with zappa) among others.
a nod of the head and a silent thanks to one of the true originals of music.