The introduction to What the Sun Said is like Marx's "dead generations [that] weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living". It feel so very weighty. Few musicians and no guitarist has the gravitas and heavy mass of Fahey playing: it's laden with significance, tradition and future possibilities.
Oh man, I used to listen to this guy back when LastFM was young and popular, and the site's radio was free, and my taste was so amorphous I tried many things I later discarded. John Fahey was among them, but what a mistake! A friend recommended him to me recently, and while I generally listen to very little instrumental music (I'm a sucker for vocals), his playing is the superbly expressive kind of instrumental music I can enjoy. And boy, I'm enjoying it!
Его жизненный путь воспринимается как законченный и лишённый избыточности текст, что роднит Фэи с Летовым. В то же время, трагедийность мировосприятия, более чем явственно отражённая в музыке, даёт возможность поставить его в один с Платоновым и, возможно, Шаламовым.
Blind Joe? He used to work for me in the cypress groves. But he left a few days ago. Said he was going to make records for somebody or other. Didn't even know he was a musician. Funny isn't it. Hope he does all right. He was a nice old guy.
From the first notes, you know you are going to enjoy yourself. Such an amazing talent. I love the genre, but Fahey especially. It just gives you this smokey mystique, this beautiful imagery, just from notes on a guitar. Incredible.
i caught maybe a half dozen of his shows in the late 90's with 'the john fahey trio', when he played electric guitar. it was incredible, mesmerizing, he'd detune as he went along, it seemed to me like he was stressing what he used to do with his left thumb in his earlier work, the low note accompaniment, an incredible depth. the people who were really listening were very moved, but unfortunately i don't feel that from the recordings of his late period work. there's no denying the beauty and virtuosity of the acoustic work, and it comes across better on record.
'I don't try to follow the masters; I try to ask the same questions they asked.' Okay, maybe I'm following a little, but hear for yourself ;-)
I Remember Blind Joe Death isn't bad at all. It might not be as virtuosic compared to many of his other releases, but it's a damn fine album. I love listening to it. It fills a certain mood very well. Parts of it remind me of Ry Cooder's Paris, Texas soundtrack.