Arts Desk

John Fahey Is Selling Vaseline

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.

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