As Charlie mentioned in his essay earlier this week, he believes in playing Fahey for the sake of Fahey, the artistry of the music itself. And yet he is perfectly capable of composing and playing in his own voice, his own style.
In this original piece, Doppelgänger Blues, Charlie walks the fine line of blending his own composition with the feel and the spirit of a Fahey tune. Hence the title.
It starts with a pipe organ and you may not know it yet, but you've just entered the temple of the steel string! Charlie takes his time developing the tune, building the anticipation, introducing the guitar as though we are actually experiencing the song somewhere in the middle, a transitional point, we aren't quite sure where we are or what's about to happen, but we know something is imminent. Then the guitar is suddenly there, front and center as though it just broke free. The pipe organ is left behind as the tune surges forward on the guitar.
So begins the Doppelgänger Blues. I have to point out that I love just about any tune in a minor key and this is no exception.
Check it out, I hope you enjoy.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out Xanthe Terra by Charlie Schmidt