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My Winter’s Tale 2014

December 18th, 2014 Jorma 6 comments

My Winter’s Tale
Jorma Kaukonen
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sitting home for a bit over the holidays gives me a moment to reflect, and indeed take time to do a little writing. It is not yet winter here at Hillside Farm in Southeast Ohio… but the winter of life is beginning to swirl around me and the confluence of seasons and time leaves me in a thoughtful mood. I have just returned from an extremely fulfilling two week tour with Jack and my friends, Larry, Teresa, Barry and Justin and as the heady brouhaha of Jack’s fete at the Beacon in New York City fades into the past, I find myself at home with family where I belong.

Almost all of the journaling that I do when I am on the road tends to fall into the category of, ‘I was here… and we did such and such.’ Interesting for me to write about when nothing else is in my head, but I am always reminded that while music is a large part of who I am, it is by no means everything. Home here on the farm, I truly feel that my place in the universe is secure.

I had been corresponding with my old friend Gerry Henkel who lives up there in the far north in Duluth, Minnesota recently. I got to know Gerry a little bit in 1994 when my Dad and I went on a roots trip to his birthplace in Ironwood… in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We flew out to Minneapolis and then started driving north. Past Duluth… across the Dick Bong bridge into Superior, Wisconsin. Dad told me about Dick Bong… America’s Ace Of Aces in WWII. With forty kills in his P-38 Lightning and a recipient of the Medal Of Honor, he was truly, quite a man. Upon his return to the States towards the end of the war, he is reputed to have flown his Lightning down the main street of Superior on a wing. Those were the days!

As Superior dwindled in my rear view mirror, we passed Hurley, Wisconsin and then over the border into Michigan and before I knew it, we were in Gogebic County and Ironwood, where Dad was born in a house on Garfield Street in 1910. To be able to be a silent observer over the landscape of my Father’s memories was an honor!

That said, my Father and I had a contentious relationship for most of our lives. This was just the way it was and I think in a way we grudgingly accepted that reality. Both of us were so fortunate that towards the end of his life he and I became friends. It is not always thus, but that’s how it was for us. Anyway, back in the early 90’s, some of his childhood friends were still alive and as I sat and listened to them talk, the flash of youth was still in their eyes. A lifetime had passed since Dad left the iron and copper country of the UP… but I could see that the ancient bond of friendship and shared experience transcended age and infirmity.

A lot happened on that trip… I saw the house where my father was born… the Old Finn Hall where he played mandolin… the Carnegie Library where he learned to speak English… the building where my late grandfather once had a tailor shop. Good times? Hard to say, but times nonetheless.

Driving back to Minneapolis, we stopped in Duluth which is where I met Gerry Henkel. Gerry was with the Finnish American Reporter at the time and Dad was really active in Finnish/American stuff. Gerry and I sort of became pals in early days of email and I kept in touch after I took Dad back to Mill Valley, California. My Father always loved to write, and I always looked forward to getting his little mini editorials. The notes he would send me were nothing compared to the deluge of philosophizing Gerry was treated to. Recently Gerry was cleaning out stuff he had saved for years (I can relate) and he came across emails that he and my Dad, Jorma Sr. had written back then. He had printed them all out… and when I came home from this last road trip they were waiting for me.

I looked at the dates… they were from the last year of my Father’s life. As I read and reread these bits of correspondence, I was transported back the early 90’s when Dad was still alive. The words brushed my face with memory, as soft as angel’s wings. He was there as big as life for a while… and then on that last page, he was gone. In those entries up to that final day, in spite of his strokes and TIA’s, his mind was vital and he was always thinking of things he was going to do. And then, at 0530, January 7, 1997… his work was done, and his dreams would always be dreams.

It is unfortunate that my children will never know this delightfully idiosyncratic man. The best I can do is to tell them stories. We still have pictures and letters from the old ones, Ida and Jaako… but I can’t read Finnish and no one is still alive I know who could tell us about the pictures… and that is how it goes.

What does this all mean? It was just a door opening for a moment on a bygone time… almost a dream of another life. I miss my Father. This never goes away… but at least he did not outlive his children. I do not know my brother at all. That is sad to say, but that’s just how it is. I hope he and his family are well. I just took Izze to her last piano lesson of 2014, Vanessa is shopping for dinner and my son Zach is coming to spend the holidays with us the evening of the 23rd… my birthday. Maverick, the big dog, is sleeping on the back porch and life is good on this chilly December evening.

As for Gerry, my friend… thanks for sending me those letters. I got to hear Dad’s voice again… many thanks. And for those who might wonder where Mom is in my house of memories, she fills the rooms with her light, but that is a story for another time.

And… that’s about it. I think I’ll have a cup of coffee.

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Jack Casady Celebrates his 70th and Rules The Beacon

December 14th, 2014 Jorma 46 comments
Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

Four words we lov to see... Hot Tuna... and Sold Out

The anticipation for this year’s Beacon show… the theme of which was Jack’s 70th birthday has been building for some time. A sold out show… tickets were at a premium and even we couldn’t get more. We were so blessed on this run to have a two weeks of dates before the the Big One… so we were primed by the time we pulled into Manhattan. Indeed, we truly were, ‘Ready to rock!’

We were specially thrilled to have Marty Balin and his cohorts as special guests for this great show. We had been looking forward to this since we hosted Marty and his guys for a concert at our Fur Peace Ranch. Also on board for this show was our dear friend G.E. Smith who is always welcome when we hit the boards… you never really know what he is going to bring to the mix, but it’s always great.

The Beacon... a helluva place!

The Beacon... a helluva place!

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have become as integral a part of Tuna as it is possible to be. We wish they could be with us everywhere we go… but we’ll take what we can get and be grateful! Justin Guip has taken over that most important seat behind the drums… and he is certainly the last part of the cat over the fence! I could never say too much about my musical mate Barry Mitterhoff. He and I have been picking together since 2002 or thereabouts and it’s been a swell dance…

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings...

Needless to say… Jack and I have been friends who have played music together for more years than many couples stay married. What a concept! Check this set list out:

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack Casady opens the show...

Zach and I sit stage right as Jack casady opens the show...

Beacon Show
Dec. 13, 2015

First Set:
1. Jack plays as only he can… and we…
2. Segue into Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light… enter Justin, Larry, Barry and G.E.
4. Children Of Zion… same gang with Teresa
5. Hit Single # 1… same gang
6. Three Fifths Of A Mile with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
7. Plastic Fantastic Lover with Marty Balin… The gang and Teresa
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa
9. Somebody To Love with Teresa
10. Rock Me Baby… The gang
11. A Little Faster… Same gang
Second Set:
1. Marty Trio
2. Marty Trio
3. Marty Trio
4. Blues with Marty Balin… and the gang
5. White Rabbit with Teresa Williams
6. Sugaree with Teresa Williams
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball… with Teresa and Larry on pedal steel…
8. Water Song… Larry on mandolin… Barry on octave mandolin
9. Long Gone From Kentucky with G.E. Smith
10. Big River with Larry Campbell
11. Bowlegged Woman
12. Candy Man… you know the deal (Larry on fiddle)
13. Deep Ellum Blues with Larry and Teresa
14. Funky # 7 … usual crew
15. Encore: Volunteers with Marty Balin and everyone
16. Encore 2: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Larry & Teresa

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

Thanks to Jerry Sullivan for my cool tux jacket...

And of course, since this was a birthday party… we needed a cake… and what a cake!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Very, very... nice... and tasty too!

Well… this morning with the festivities over, we breakfasted at the Viand Cafe with the family and then Vanessa and I took Zach down to Penn Station to catch the bus back to Virginia… school tomorrow.

The boys, waiting for the bus

The boys, waiting for the bus

That’s about it for now. What a grand time! Tomorrow, onward and home!

From The Synagogue To Scottish Rites

December 12th, 2014 Jorma 9 comments
Good times...

Good times...

Night before last we descended upon that Historic Synagogue at 6th and I in D.C. for our first show there. What a beautiful place for a gig.

Ceilings...

Ceilings...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Thanks for the Dressing Room Leah...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 68, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Sixth and Ist. Historic Synagogue
Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Children Of Zion with Teresa Williams
7. Wade In The Water ditto
8. Big River with Larry Campbell
9. Somebody To Love
10. A Little Faster
Second Set:
1. Good Shepherd
2. Trial By Fire
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Mourning Interrupted
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Deep Ellum
7. White Rabbit
8. Sugaree
9. Funky #7
10. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Love this place!

Love this place!

The facade...

The facade...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then on a chilly snowy morn it was off to Collingswood, N.J.

Life in the tropics...

Life in the tropics...

Last night we were at the Scottish Rites Auditorium.

Preparing for the show

Preparing for the show

What a cool building this was as well.

More ceilings

More ceilings

Here is our set list from last night:

Hot Tuna 69, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood, New Jersey
Thursday, December 11, 2014

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. A Little Faster
5. Children Of Zion
6. Good Shepherd
7. Wade In The Water
8. Somebody To Love
9. Bowlegged Woman
10. Hit Single # 1
Second Set:
1. Trial By Fire
2. Big River
3. Rock Me Baby
4. I See The Light
5. Bar Room Crystal Ball
6. Water Song
7. Deep Ellum
8. White Rabbit
9. Sugaree
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

The mystery of it all

The mystery of it all

Now we’re off to New York with a day off before the Big Beacon Show & Jack’s 70th Celebration!

Gotta get some breakfast…

Looking Back On The First Three Electric Shows…

December 9th, 2014 Jorma 34 comments
The first gig at the State Theater in Ithaca...

The first gig at the State Theater in Ithaca...

After Jack and I finished up at the Highline Ballroom in good old Manhattan, we bopped up to Red Hook for some rehearsal with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip. After that it was up to Ithaca and the State Theater.

Tuna onstage at the State

Tuna onstage at the State

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 65, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
State Theater
Ithaca, New York
December 5, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Deep Ellum
12. Sugaree
13. Funky # 7

A darned good first show, if I do say so myself… From Ithaca we took off to the great white north and Jay Peak up in Vermont by the Canadian border.

The view from my window up in Jay, Vermont

The view from my window up in Jay, Vermont

Yeah, it might have been cold outside… but it was smokin’ inside the Foeger Ballroom.

Hot Tuna 66, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
Jay Peak, Foeger Ballroom
Jay, Vermont
Saturday, December 6, 2014

1. Search My heart
2. I See The Light
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. Big River
12. Sugaree
13. Hit Single #1
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jay, Vermont... where did we park that bus?

Jay, Vermont... where did we park that bus?

Up at 0500 again and back on the road for that long drive south to Albany and the Egg.

Yow... another frigid morning

Yow... another frigid morning

This would be our last show with Donna The Buffalo… we loved sharing the bill with them and look forward to doing it again!

Hot Tuna 67, 2014
The Electric Sextet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Barry Mitterhoff & Justin Guip
The Egg
Albany, New York
December 7, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Been So Long
6. Children Of Zion
7. Wade In The Water
8. Second Chances
9. White Rabbit
10. Mourning Interrupted
11. Deep Ellum
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Sugaree
14. Hit Single #1
15. Funky #7
16. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Albany, why not take... Albany

Albany, why not take... Albany

Foto by Phil Jacobs

We got to sleep in a little yesterday before the trek down to D.C. (Taxation without representation) and that was a blessing. Tomorrow we’ll be playing at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue in my hometown… Washington, D.C. Looking forward to this… and looking forward to a good pastrami sandwich too.

Sidebar editorial:

Since the term, ‘Covering a song,’ emerged, I have always had great distaste for it. I guess technically, if you didn’t write the song yourself, you’re ‘covering’ it. Does this mean that as an artist you cannot take responsibility and/or credit for performing an arrangement of a song you did not write yourself? Good question. As one who loves music steeped in historic authenticity I have never been shy about putting my versions out there… but I always give credit to the source and recommend heading up the river to the headwaters so you can grok the evolution of any piece. I have never considered myself either a ’singer/songwriter or a musical archivist. I just play songs I like, some of which I have written myself. What does this all mean? Probably not much. In a hundred years who’ll care anyway. I guess my struggle is to try to defy the convention in the music business that is much happier relegating everything to nicely defined categories. OK… I feel better now.

Nuff said… Onward!

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Posts On Three Electric Shows Later… First This!

December 8th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments

OK… I’m getting ready for my first live streaming lesson on Breakdownway…

BreakDownWay.com presents
Jorma Kaukonen Teaching His First
Live Streaming Lesson
Join us when Jorma will teach:
“I Belong to The Band”
&
“In The Kingdom”
This great event will be held on
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7pm EST

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE WORKSHOP AT THE FUR PEACE RANCH IN 2015!!!!

Participants will also have an opportunity to ask Jorma questions and will have unlimited access to the archived lessons on BreakDownWay.com

You can access the signup page here:
https://BreakDownWay.com/live-streaming.php

This will take place the day after the Beacon Show… December 14, 2014… be there, or be square!

The cost will be $99.99

When I get into D.C. tonight, I’ll ramble on about the first three electric shows, which kicked proverbial butt, but more on that later!

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Off To Join The Circus…

December 2nd, 2014 Jorma 12 comments
The Music Box... Cleveland

The Music Box... Cleveland

Foto by Phil Jacobs

So we started out last Friday going up to Cleveland and on Saturday we played the Music Box Supper Club a great new venue and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 62, 2014
Hot Tuna
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Music Box
Saturday, November 29, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Barbeque King
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Sea Child
9. Full Go Round
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Keep On Trucking Mama
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. How Long Blues
6. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
7. Good Shepherd
8. River Of Time
9. In My Dreams
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water Song

Right after the show we drove to New York City to play the High Line Ballroom on Sunday.

The High LIne...

The High LIne...

Foto by Zach Kearse

Here is our set list from Sunday night:

Hot Tuna 63, 2014
Hot Tuna
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The High Line Ballroom
New York City, New York
Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Set:
1. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down And Out
2. Search My Heart
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Come Back Baby
6. I See The Light
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Trial By Fire
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. That’ll Never Happen No More
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Second Chances
5. Candy Man
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Nine Pound Hammer
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Da boyz

Da boyz

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then there was Monday:
Hot Tuna 64, 2014
Hot Tuna
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The High Line Ballroom
New York City, New York
Monday, December 1, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Heart Temporary
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. Barbeque King
7. Trial By Fire
8. Mama Let Me Lay it On You
9. River Of Time
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Re-Enlistment Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. I Am The Light Of This World
5. Come Back Baby
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Search My Heart
9. In My Dreams
10. Candy Man
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Watersong

Green Room at the Ballroom

Green Room at the Ballroom

New York Skyline

New York Skyline

Today we drove up to Kingston to rehearse for the Electric Shows… and first of all… laundry.

End of a perfect day

End of a perfect day

Foto by Myron Hart

Onward…

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Hurl & The Spins Close Out 2014 At The Fur Peace Ranch

November 23rd, 2014 Jorma 16 comments

Last night was the final show of 2014 at the Fur Peace Station and what a show it was. Our very own John Hurlbut, Ranch Manager, got together with a bunch of friends from Dayton (the Gem City) and put on a show to remember. In the late 50’s I lived in Greene County when I was going to Antioch College and many aspects of my life were formed in those years. Not only did I learn to finger pick from Ian Buchanan back then, but I bought my old 1958 Gibson J-50 for a hundred bucks at Pop’s Music store in Dayton.

Anyway, the music scene was alive and well then and it is even more vibrant today. Here is a list of the personnel of the Gem City rockers who comprised The Spin last night:

1. Rich Reuter, lead guitar and vocals
2. Khrys Blank, vocals and tambourine
3. Erich Reith, percussion
4. Bryan (Hazy) Russell, keyboards
5. Eric Henry, guitar & lap steel
6. Chris Carter, drums
7. Brad Denson, bass

This was a show to remember and we’re already talking about ending the season next year the same way. Many thanks to the Lost On Iddings who morphed into the Spins with Hurl, but also to their families who came along to enjoy a lovely fall night at the Fur Peace Ranch.

A more than grand time was had by one and all… Thanks folks! See ya next year and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Changes In The Ocean…

November 22nd, 2014 Jorma 9 comments

‘Cause there’s changes in the ocean
And there’s changes in the sea
And there’s changes in my own true love
But there ain’t no change in me’

From ‘The Rose Of Aberdeen’

So we were rearranging some furniture in the house yesterday and today and I have to say that left to my own devices, I would rarely change anything. Yeah, boring I know. Anyway, moving this… moving that and all of a sudden, it’s like a new world. Izze, our delightful eight year old was completely upset by the repositioning of the dining room table… and I get it, believe me. Things are moving quickly in her young life and I can see it is sometimes hard to accept this. Things are changing more quickly in my life too. There was that period of time in my forties and fifties where I just really didn’t perceive change until after it had taken place. Now, change is with me every day. My Dad (may he rest in peace) used to talk about the fact that getting older was a series of successful adaptations. These adaptations occur more often these days and sometimes when I sit by myself I find myself thinking about the time I have left to accomplish the things I want to accomplish. Now I know that thoughts like these are a luxury and largely a waste of time.

With this in mind, I get up off my ass and get something done… finish writing a song, take Izze skating, practice the guitar, vacuum the bird room… whatever. I’ve got a tour with Tuna coming up… I look forward to that but I’ll miss home. After the first of the year my new CD, ‘Ain’t In No Hurry’ will be out and I’ll be touring to support that. I hope to get a little motorcycle trip in in the Spring… spend some vacation time with the family… maybe a little time with my seventeen year old son Zach before his young life calls him away for the Summer…

As always, my life is a embarrassment of riches and I am still confronted with a plethora of delightful choices. It is cold this morning as I sit here in the dining room… with the table in a new place. It’s like having a new room… sort of. Changes in the ocean, changes in the sea… there is no constant except change and there are changes in me too… and that has to be a good thing.

Now I’ll see if I can convince Izze, and myself… that this is true.

Onward!

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The First Real Snow… A Breath Of Winter To Come

November 18th, 2014 Jorma 5 comments
As I left the Ranch yesterday... the snow began to fall.

As I left the Ranch yesterday... the snow began to fall.

Yeah… 17 degrees this morning and four inches of snow fell overnight. It’s not winter… but it’s coming.

Yep... it snowed last night

Yep... it snowed last night

We fed the cats… Zammy and Weasley and they got some warm milk to boot. They stayed toasty under the porch and came out for breakfast. I hitched Maverick, Dog Of Destiny, up and we headed down the driveway.

First light at HIllside Farm

First light at HIllside Farm

He was leaping around and really enjoying himself in the early dawn.

Technology from yesteryear

Technology from yesteryear

Down the old road, past the ancient trailer and back up by the oil well.

Natural gas... right to the house...

Natural gas... right to the house...

Thank goodness our gas well is still producing… well, time to see if I put the plow on my tractor correctly… at least it’s warm in the house.

Onward…

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Honor Veteran’s Day!

November 11th, 2014 Jorma 11 comments
Small town America celebrates Veteran's Day

Small town America celebrates Veteran's Day

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We owe such a debt of gratitude to all the men and women who have served, and who still serve. Living in a rural community, one winds up knowing almost everyone… and that is one of the things I love about living here…

The R.O.T.C. men and women from Ohio University

The R.O.T.C. men and women from Ohio University

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Athens County is an area where the ‘counter culture’ is still alive and well… although everyone honors and treasures our soldiers.

Walking proudly!

Walking proudly!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It is just one of those days that touch my heart.

This is cool, but you should see our MRAP!

This is cool, but you should see our MRAP!

Every time I’m in the D.C. area, I like to go to the National Cemetery to pay my respects. When my Dad was stationed in the Philippines I used to like to ride my scooter out to the Manila American Cemetery and do my homework in that garden of stone. My uncle Tarmo is buried in a National Cemetery in L.A. My Dad and my other uncle Pentti chose to be buried with family in Inglewood.

More than enough honor to go around

More than enough honor to go around

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Changing of the Guard at OU.

Changing of the Guard at OU.

I know so many vets… but I’d like to name a few… Jorma Kaukonen Sr., Navy WWII, Tarmo Kaukonen, Army WWII, Pentti Kaukonen, Army WWII, Ray Hurlbut Navy, WWII, Chuck Fadel, USMC Vietnam, Jerry Sullivan, Army Vietnam… and the list goes on… but I’ll leave it at that. Thanks my friends!

Thank you all so much… those gone before, those here today… and those to come. You all do us honor!

There can never be enough said...

There can never be enough said...

foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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