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Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet

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February 13, 2011
After the first time I heard your music, You changed the way I listened to music for the rest of my life. R.I.P.
February 01, 2011
Don the world has lost a wonderful guy. You made so many of my mates laugh and wonder, in your own quiet, graceful and unique way. May you live on for eternity. Love Jim
January 16, 2011
Don, you changed my life for the better. While you always honored the past, you also gave us a whole heap of new things to enjoy and contemplate.
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of this wonderful man who gave us so much; thank you for letting us borrow his genius over the years.
- phil
January 15, 2011
Dear Don, thank you for giving us your time in music, art, wit and humour. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends and fans. May your candle mambo burn long and loud!
January 15, 2011
* imagining the service for Don

a cemetary on a hill sloped towards the ocean with the desert in its' back
crows kawing in the cacti, breaking the desert silence - the ether overflowing
with grey whales singing their drawn-out laments to our Captain
echoing those long strains exhaled, expelled from his soprano
unencumbered by knowledge, technique or analysis

Jan stands next to the casket - upright yet defeated -
a smile - a rumbling of a smile around her eyes
her mouth clenched shut, yet speaking volumes
through her demeanour, her body conferring what her mind resists
to admit: that her love is gone, for better, for good
January 15, 2011
My condolences to Don’s family and friends, and commiserations with fellow fans.
The Captain’s oh so unique music has been an exciting and integral part of my life for over 40 years, and will remain so. It will enrich the minds of countless future generations – at least those with the ears to listen.
January 15, 2011
Don's art expanded my understanding of music, as well as the natural world, and made me feel less alone in the universe. I can't begin to imagine how much duller the world would look had he not walked, worked, and played in it. Since I never got to thank him him in person, I just wanted to say it here.

May your final journey be peaceful, Good Captain.
January 14, 2011
Thank you, captain van Vliet, you are one of those who gave me a wide horizon in a narrow-minded world, Jos van den Branden, breskens netherlands
January 14, 2011
January 14, 2011
O Captain my Captain! our wonderful trip is done...

To Mr. Don van Vliet,

Thank you soo much for jump starting my brain waves and unclogging my ears after listening for so many years to the same crappy & dull music that we are being forced to listen to on the radio.

Fun anecdote:
I heard your music first while listening to the radio :)

Thank you for being yourself (genius), the unique music, paintings, poems and passion!
You were a living art form.

The Captain is dead, long live The Captain!

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