In Memory of Captain Beefheart

Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart, died yesterday. 

I went to see Captain Beefheart  when I was 15. He was playing a very small room somewhere at MIT and we all sat on the floor while he blew our minds. 

Astonishing, amazing, driving, challenging, exciting music like I’d not heard up to that point.  Beefheart was a musical genius, but as has been said of Wagner “His music is better than it sounds”  — that is, his music is not always easily approachable. But brilliant it is and his astonishing five octave range was just the most noticeable of his myriad talents; a musical genius that ran deep and consistent and that was extremely influential on many other musicians.

I highly recommend the Wikipedia biography and, more important, his music.

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About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.
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