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First Night At McCabe’s

February 9th, 2014 Jorma 12 comments

Well, our first two shows at McCabe’s last night were doozies. As I may have mentioned, Jack sat in with us at McCabe’s a decade or so ago but this is the first Hot Tuna officially speaking so Jack gets to play in his own home town and he gets to sleep in his own bed.

Here is our collective set lists:

Hot Tuna 20, 2011
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
McCabe’s Music Store
Santa Monica, California
February 8, 2014

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Been So Long
3. Children Of Zion
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. Things That Might Have Been
9. Barbeque King
10. 99 Year Blues
11. River Of Time
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Water song
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Trial By Fire
5. Second Chances
6. Candy Man
7. Mann’s Fate
8. In My Dreams
9. Come back Baby
10. Prohibition Blues
11. Good Shepherd
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Another two shows tonight… more shall be revealed!

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Fur Peace Wrap Up, On To L.A. and McCabe’s + A Comment

February 8th, 2014 Jorma 18 comments

The two weeks at the Dana On Mission Bay was sure a nice interlude after the month long Leon Russell/Hot Tuna tour. We’ll be back with Leon later in the year with Hot Tuna in it’s electric configuration. Whooo boy. Anyway, two weeks for Fur Peace Ranch On The Road in San Diego was real nice to say the least. Since Vanessa is home schooling Izze, the girls were there too. Good times, for real!

So now I’m in L.A. and tonight and tomorrow night Hot Tuna will be making its presence known for the first time for two days and four shows at the wonderful McCabe’s Music Store. I’ve done many Jorma incarnations at McCabe’s, but this will be the first time that Jack Casady will be officially on board. We look forward to this!.

OK… now for my comment. We were all saddened to see that Philip Seymour Hoffman did not live long enough to have that lasting moment of clarity and that he succumbed to his disease. My heart goes out to his surviving family. Not much more can be said about that.

As a person in recovery myself, the nature of his struggle is not foreign to me… and those like me. ‘One of us,’ as we might say in my home group. A dear friend who is indeed, ‘One of us,’ sent me this quote which mirrors my thoughts on the subject, but says it so much more eloquently than I would have.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine. He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed — he died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a ‘y’ in it.” —

Earth people, (those who are not alcoholics or addicts) do not get this, and why should they? Unless you or a family member suffers from the disease, there’s no way you can really understand. There’s no real point to my quoting this here except it just says it all for me. I was at Founders Day in Akron a couple of years ago and at the Motorcade run for Dr. Bob’s grave the gal riding in front me had a T-shirt that read:

‘Alcoholism and Addiction. Takes no prisoners. Destroys all in its path!’

Of course there are options available to people who want to recover. They are all programs for people who want them, not people who need them. It is sad that for Phillip Seymour Hoffman and so many like him, his first step was his last. I do thank him for helping to keep me sober another day.

Cautionary note:
As we say, I do not regret the past or shut the door on it, ( see Promise 3) I make no secret of who I am and where I have been. This, however, is not a venue for a discussion about recovery. If you want to have this discussion… I’ll see you at a meeting. As we all say ad nauseum these days, ‘Just sayin’!’

Have a great 24 and I’ll be back with some words about tonight’s McCabe’s show by tomorrow morning.

‘Well, if I was an angel I could fly over Jordan
And I wouldn’t need no Greyhound to save my soul
But maybe that’s a good thing ’cause I’ll be home before I know
And if I was an angel I’d have a long way to go’

Matraca Berg

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Monday At FPR On The Road In San Diego

February 3rd, 2014 Jorma 23 comments

Well, yesterday Izze, Vanessa, John Hurlbut and I drove over the mountain to the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial which is on the way from Mission Bay to La Jolla.

Looking back on the road up to Mt. Soledad

Looking back on the road up to Mt. Soledad

I had never been up here before and of course I was touched by the pictures of all the brave souls who have answered their country’s call to arms.

The girls at the foot of the giant cross

The girls at the foot of the giant cross

My Dad, Jorma and his two brothers Tarmo, and Pentti were all WWII vets and they are all buried up in Los Angeles. We’re going to buy a plaque for them and put their pictures here with all their other brothers and sisters!

Surrounded by honor and beauty!

Surrounded by honor and beauty!

This is indeed a special place!

From the foot of the cross looking skyward

From the foot of the cross looking skyward

Then came the Superbowl and since I didn’t have a dog in that fight I can only say how much I enjoyed Bruno Mars. Now my daughter and wife have been fans of his for some time, and I have heard the music and liked it. After I saw him at halftime, I really got it! Good Stuff!

Today we wanted to get a good old burger. John’s niece, Sarah, who lives here recommend Crazee Burger in Old Town. We went, and it was absolutely delicious. I recommend it highly.

Crazee Burger, Old Town

Crazee Burger, Old Town

After that yummy lunch it was back to the hotel to welcome the Fur Peace Ranchers. Before Vanessa and Izze were supposed to go to the lobby they decided to take a little voyage in their yacht.

Better than Gilligan's Island

Better than Gilligan's Island

Good times… more will be revealed…

A Lovely Friday On The Coast

February 1st, 2014 Jorma 21 comments

The first week of the Fur Peace Ranch here in San Diego was really wonderful. Stefan Grossman was stellar as always, and I wasn’t too bad myself. The news from home in Southeast Ohio was that a heat wave had come in. It was almost thirty degrees.

Oh boy…

Here in San Diego after campers headed home to their corner of the world Vanessa, Izze, John Hurlbut and I headed up to Encinitas to the beautiful seat of the Self Realization Fellowship which was founded by the Parahamansa Yogananda back in the 20’s.

Just a taste of the garden

Just a taste of the garden

It was peaceful to be in that beautiful setting with family!

Nice spot for a picture

Nice spot for a picture

One is encouraged not to speak in the meditation gardens… but there are many things to take you mind away from self.

What's not to like about Koi?

What's not to like about Koi?

After some time at the center, we walked down to Swami Beach. West Coast beaches have a quality all their own… a sort of a dark wild sensibility…

South coast the wild coast is lonely

South coast the wild coast is lonely

Mother and daughter looking to the Orient

Mother and daughter looking to the Orient

You stand at the edge of the Pacific and know that the next stop is Hawaii if you’re lucky and the Far East after that.

Come hither... or stay away?

Come hither... or stay away?

East Coast beaches never look like this… but they’re warmer.

Free at the Ocean's edge

Free at the Ocean's edge

A kid at the beach is like a wild mustang running free. I actually have a memory of that…

A wonderful way to spend the day… that’s for sure!