He had too much time to be without love.

Writing today from Kansas City International Airport, where word has just reached me of the demise of Don Van Vliet, an artist of renown who for many years made music under the name Captain Beefheart. If you don’t already know why this matters, there’s no time to explain right now; my plane is boarding even as we speak. I refer you to my previous eulogy for the Captain, vintage 2006.