Half Notes: Captain Beefheart, "The Dust Blows Forward 'n The Dust Blows Back" (1969)

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by Mark Saleski

This song, from Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, wouldn’t feel out of place on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Part field holler, part rambling genius.

Well I put down my bush
‘n I took off my pants ‘n felt free
The breeze blowin’ up me ‘n up the canyon
Far as I could see

I dunno, sometimes weird things just resonate with me. And if forced to make a desert island records list, Trout Mask Replica would have to be on it. You can listen to this thing once a day for a year and still not “get” it all.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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