the blues is a chair, not a design for a chair or a better chair . . . it is the first chair. It is a chair for sitting on, not for looking at. You sit on that music.
shades drawn… lights dimmed
The beast outside has been fed.
Fade deep into the Armchair…
elegant burning within my head:
The flame upon a vigil candle
in a draft-less corridor.
Feeling and daylight make
Up a waxy fuel.
night evanescences into day.
The hungry beast calls out,
Like the divine to Lazarus…
And feeds on Legion’s despair.
—poem circa 2002, while coping with rapid cycling symptoms.
I am huge fan of Captain Beefheart and . Their music is certainly an acquired taste: A fusion delta blues, free jazz and free form. The band led by Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart) had a post modern dadaist whimsy and mischievous.
This a rare live performance of “Electricity” on youtube by Dampear
This live performance is a little rough. But after a couple listens, I like as much as the lp version
Don Van Vliet has left music behind to concentrate on his Art.
visit The Captain Beefheart Radar Station to see more of Van Vliet’s Art.