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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted December 18, 2010 16:05      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Genius is a word that gets used fairly loosely much of the time, to mean something approximating to outstanding. But if you are talking about artists, I think there is a stricter meaning. Normal artists can only make great art when they work within their own limitations and the formal disciplines of their medium, but a genius can ignore the rules, cross boundaries, and create great work in disciplines that they have not mastered, and even their lesser work is seldom dull.

There have been very few artists in rock music, that you could describe in this way, and for my money only two, Bob Dylan and the recently deceased Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet). His best work exists just on this side of chaos, and while always impressive is often hard to like. His voice, eerily similar to Howling Wolf's, sounded as though it came from some volcanic core deep in the earth, and contrasted with the surreal world of his lyrics.

Watching TV interviews with him was always a treat, because the interviewers always had a look of stifled terror, as though in the presence of an amiable, if unreliable grizzly bear, and his replies were often as opaque, poetic and surreal as his lyrics. One of my favourite stories about him is how at a sound check whilst on tour, he told the sound engineer that he wanted the band to sound like a bowl of custard with a feather stuck in it. A few years back I saw a touring exhibition of his paintings, which were equally brilliant, idiosyncratic, and disturbing. To find another artist, who was such a master of two completely different mediums, I'd have to go back to William Blake. And I don't think that I'm overselling him with that comparison.

If he'd been French, they'd have garlanded him with honours and given him a state pension. Instead he spent the last 20 odd years of his life as a recluse in the desert, while MS eat away at his nervous system.

R.I.P. - we'll never see another like him.

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Snaggy

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Icon 14 posted December 18, 2010 23:04      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
wow, that is a wonderful eulogy. Thanks for writing and sharing that.


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Snaggy

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Icon 1 posted December 19, 2010 11:08      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I showed this to a friend and fellow Beefheart fan, and he sent me this...

Thanks so much for this. It is absolutely spot on. Perhaps you could suggest to the person who wrote this that they might want to leave a few more perfect words here http://blog.beefheart.com/ Eventually I think they are going to pass all the comments on to Don's wife Jan.

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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted December 19, 2010 17:10      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank you very much Snaggy you are very kind indeed, but to be honest, I don't feel qualified to write about him, (or not any more than I have done here already). I'm not a music or art critic, or even an obsessive fan, just an ordinary listener, and one who doesn't understand a lot of his work. I only ever saw him live once, (he was pretty good BTW). All I know is that the stuff I do connect with is just so powerful and comes from such a wild and original vision. This piece is quite long, but gives a good account of him.

If you ever get a chance to see his paintings, grab it. For me they are just as impressive as his music, if not more so.

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