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So I’m-a sittin’ here fighting off a head cold and watching a little Life on Mars, when comes a commercial break. What snaps me to attention are the fingerpickings of late Takoma Park native and primitive guitarist John Fahey—-to be specific “In Christ There Is No East or West” (the ’67 version, pretty sure).

It was the backing track for a Vaseline ad. Not the good-ole petroleum jelly, but whatever high-tech lotion they’re slinging these days.

May Blind Joe Death’s heirs enjoy their royalties, and their smooth, supple skin.