My conversation with Don Van Vliet . . . the good Captain is dead.

Don Van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart – – January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010

I once had a conversation with the good Captain. Someone in the band pointed out the fact that sitting at the back of the venue where we were playing – The Speakeasy, (just off London’s Oxford Street) was THE MAN himself.

After the gig, as we were loading the Transit, he stepped in a somewhat ‘tired and emotional’ manner over the gear and muttered, “Nice band.”

I said, “Thank you.”

I think that constitutes a conversation.

Goodbye, Don . . . .


Have a listen to this:

“Once you’ve heard Beefheart, it’s hard to wash him out of your clothes.” – Tom Waits


We have no time to stand and stare

I read a letter the other day from someone who, whilst visiting London, had noticed: ‘panic stricken people rushing madly about; striving to save a few minutes’ .

Yes . . the result of our hectic lives in the early 21st century.  Strangely., the letter was written and published in The Illustrated News in June 1951 . . . . .