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The Paths Are Many, The Way Is One…

February 29th, 2016 Jorma 27 comments
Sunday in the city...

Sunday in the city...

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

So yesterday, Vanessa and Izze and I got into my truck and headed up to Columbus to meet some friends and do some shopping for the house and the Fur Peace Ranch. I don’t do Facebook, but Vanessa does, of course, and when she posted this great picture of Izze and myself she got lots of comments. I find it interesting that many people find it singular that I would go shopping myself. Now, yesterday was a beautiful day here in Ohio and I could have gone for a great motorcycle ride, but with me being gone so much of the time on the road, I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to spend time with my family here in Ohio. As for buying in bulk… why pay retail? Right?

Anyway, in the spirit of synchronicity my old college pal, Paul Wasserman sent me this great poem which arrived at just the right time.

My Daughter Asleep

Carrying a child,
I carry a bundle of sleeping
future appearances.
I carry my daughter
adrift on my shoulder,
dreaming her slender dreams
and I carry her beneath the window,
watching her moon lit palm open and close
like a tiny folded map,
each line a path that leads where I can’t go,
so that I read her palm not knowing what I read
and
walk with her in moon light on the landing,
not knowing with whom I walk,
making invisible prayers to go on with her where
I can’t go,
conversing with so many unknowns that must know her more
intimately than I do.

And so to these unspoken shadows and this broad night
I make a quiet request to the great parental darkness
to hold her when I cannot, to comfort her when I am gone,
to help her learn to love the unknown for itself,
to take it gladly like a lantern for the way before her,
to help her see where ordinary light will not help her,
where happiness has fled, where faith will not reach.

My prayer tonight for the great and hidden symmetries of life
to reward this faith I have and twin her passages of loneliness with friendship,
her exiles with home coming, her first awkward steps with promised onward leaps.

May she find in all this, day or night, the beautiful centrality of pure opposites,
may she discover before she grows old, not to choose so easily between past and present,
may she find in one or the other her gifts acknowledged.

And so as I helped to name her, I help to name these powers,
I bring to life what is needed, I invoke the help she’ll want
following those moonlit lines into a future uncradled by me but parented by all I call.

As she grows away from me, may these life lines grow with her, keep her safe,
so
with my open palm whose lines have run before her to make a safer way,
I hold her smooth cheek and bless her this night into all these other unknown
nights to come.

-David Whyte

Now as you can see from the fotos, I won’t be carrying her over my shoulder any more and my son Zach is now a good three inches taller than I. Still and all, the sentiment remains… deep and powerful! I know there is a grand future for my children!

Wally, Cat, Grateful, Jorma, Izze & Hurl

Wally, Cat, Grateful, Jorma, Izze & Hurl

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Breaking bread with dear friends as Winter thinks about waning… very, very nice…

Onward indeed!

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At The Warner In D.C. Wth Tedeschi/Trucks

February 28th, 2016 Jorma 12 comments

So Wednesday the 25th Myron and I drove to D.C. where I had the privilege of not only opening the show for Susan and Derek, but also getting to sit in with them. On the way to the Capitol City, we stopped in Winchester, Virginia to get some gas. It was more than a gas station… Throx Brew Market & Grille. Awesome sandwiches. A worthy stop.

In D.C. we were booked into the Mansion On O Street… an experience in and of itself.

Honey, I'm home!

Honey, I'm home!

This place has to be experienced to be believed.

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

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

There’s no way a couple of pictures can do justice to this great place!

Got live if you want it...

Got live if you want it...

We were in time for a yummy dinner so we went to Al Tiramisu on P Street.

Great dinner!

Great dinner!

Foto by Suzy Perler

Then it was Thursday and off to the Warner Theater.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma an Susan

Jorma an Susan

Selfie with Derek and me...

Selfie with Derek and me...

Here is my little set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 9, 2016
Jorma Opens For
Tedeschi/Trucks
The Warner Theater
Washington, D.C.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Good Shepherd
4. Come Back Baby
5. In My Dreams
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Go into the light...

Go into the light...

Then I got to sit in with Susan and Derek and play Don’t Think Twice and Pity The Fool. Check the link.

How good does it have to get…

Well, there’s being back home… that’s pretty darn good…

And so to bed…

But wait… some more pictures from Suzy Perler

Nice conversation

Nice conversation

Happy is good...

Happy is good...

How good does it have to get?

How good does it have to get?

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We Are All Travelers In This World…

February 20th, 2016 Jorma 22 comments

“We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.”

Prentiss Ritter played by Robrt Duvall in ‘Broken Trail’

We are indeed all travelers in this world and each day is both an instant and an eternity.

It is sometimes hard to imagine, but I too was young once and I had actually quite an interesting life before music made me visible to you all. In 1956 when I returned from Pakistan with my family I was in tenth grade at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C. I met Jack’s older brother Chick Casady because of our love of cars, and through Chick, Jack. I wasn’t even playing music, but I would… and a year or so later Jack and I would have our first band in 1958. Even if I were gone from the States for much of the time, those of us who grew up on or near Northampton St. by Lafayette School shared, in a way, that magical bond of youthful discovery. There was Bill Haile, my best friend for years… now gone, Mike Oliveri who first taught me to play the guitar… now gone… Charlotte Harbour where Jack and I played our first gig, now gone… and now Lisa Roman… another girl from the neighborhood… gone on Valentine’s Day, 2016.

Lisa Roman... I knew her as Liz

Lisa Roman... I knew her as Liz

Lisa and Jack and I would reconnect every now and then when we would play Vermont. It was nice… we were were old friends… and getting older. She was a remarkable girl and a remarkable woman. I will miss those rare meetings… and another part of my past is truly history.

Rest well sister… your trials are over.

For me, I am still in transit between those two eternities, and that’s a good thing.

A little creek heading for Stroud's Run

A little creek heading for Stroud's Run

Today amazingly it was and is in the seventies. Vanessa, Izze, Maverick, Nessa’s sister Ginger and her son Montana and I all headed over to Canaan and Stroud’s Run for late winter’s walk in the sun.

Izze, Montana, Maverick, Ginger and Nessa

Izze, Montana, Maverick, Ginger and Nessa

Well, we logged some decent walking miles on this beautiful Saturday and life does, indeed, go on. My past is always slipping away, but I am so lucky my present is still with me and so far, there is a future.

So on this beautiful day in Southeast Ohio I bid the fondest of farewells to my old friend from the hood… Lisa/Liz.

I am so grateful to have been granted a little more time and to still be between the two eternities.

Amein…

Evening Postsctript 19:40

Nessa, Izze, her pal Violet and I met Ginger and Montana at the Lake hope lodge… about an hour away.

The view from the porch afer dinner

The view from the porch afer dinner

Good food, family, friends and a beautiful setting…

Night comes to Vinton County

Night comes to Vinton County

And so the day ends…

Onward

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Back In The Buckeye

February 14th, 2016 Jorma 22 comments

A long day of flying yesterday… but at the end of the day… this…

Columbus heaves into view

Columbus heaves into view

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

A sight for sore eyes after more than three weeks…

Unparked the truck and drove home…

Today… relaxing as it snows some more… I love it!

Maverick and Izze watch Shrek...

Maverick and Izze watch Shrek...

Yeah… glad to be home!

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Jitlada… Culinary Magnificence Thai Style!

February 12th, 2016 Jorma 12 comments
Jorma visits Ray at Jitlada

Jorma visits Ray at Jitlada

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

So I’m checking my blog the other day and there was a comment from one Ray Gallo. He’s into the music and of course I dug that… but there was more. I’ve been hanging out in Japan Town for the last week and he mentioned that he and is wife have a little Thai restaurant, Jitlada, up on Buchanan Street. Now it is true that a man’s gotta eat… but there’s more than that. A man’s gotta eat good food… and this was some of the best I’ve ever had!!!!! I kid you not. Click on the Jitlada link above and check out the menu. I’ve had a lot of Thai food… and I love it, obviously… but this topped it all. These are not hyperbolic superlatives, it really is the best. It’s right above the walking street part of Buchanan on the East side of the street.

I can’t say enough about this… you gotta go… and tell them Jorma sent you!

Going home tomorrow… glad my last dinner in San Francisco was at Jitlada!

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A Night At Sweetwater… Mill Valley

February 12th, 2016 Jorma 2 comments
Rob Wasserman, Bob Weir and Jorma

Rob Wasserman, Bob Weir and Jorma

Foto by Myron Hart

Last night I played a solo show at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. For decades, Jeannie Patterson ran the old Sweetwater on Throckmorton. She was the Miss Kitty to countless roving cowboys, outlaws and musicians… and I was certainly one of those. Bob Weir and his cohorts have kept the faith with the new edition Sweetwater… a great place to eat, hang or play. Thanks bob!

A sold out house last night… here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 8, 2016
Jorma Solo
Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Thursday, February 11, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Watch The North Wind Rise
6. Living In The Moment
7. Barbeque King
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
11. How Long Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. In My Dreams
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Come Back Baby
7. San Francisco Baby Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Good Shepherd
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. I Know You Rider
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

Yeah, Bob and I still dream of Jeannie, but the new gig has kept the dream alive.

Good Times!

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Just A Couple Of Pictures And Thoughts…

February 10th, 2016 Jorma 13 comments
The view from the Yogananda's terrace

The view from the Yogananda's terrace

Hurl and Vanessa always like to take me to the Self Realization Fellowship site in Encinitas. It’s always lovely and always peaceful.

The carp are living large... and beautiful

The carp are living large... and beautiful

A perfect day in Encinitas…

What a garden!

What a garden!

Then a walk down to Yoga Beach…

Tought to beat this view!

Tough to beat this view!

Backing up for a moment to the Music Box Gig…

Me on stage at the Music Box in San Diego

Me on stage at the Music Box in San Diego

Foto by Myron Hart

En route to SF

Tour vehicle...

Tour vehicle...

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

People always say to me, ‘Wow, it must have been great back in the day with tour buses and all.’ ‘Guess again,’ would be my reply. Country stars had tour buses, not rock musicians. We toured in Ford LTD wagons… rented. Now I know this is an Olds not a Ford, but you get the picture. Jefferson Airplane’s equipment truck was a Grumman bodied Metro bread delivery truck.

Good times…

The Mifune in Japan Town

The Mifune in Japan Town

When I get to S.F. my first eating stop is at the Mifune Noodle joint where I have been eating for forty years.

Love this place…

The weather is preternaturally beautiful here in San Francisco right now… I think I’ll go for a walk.

One For Paul, One For………..

February 9th, 2016 Jorma 13 comments

So yesterday Vanessa and Izze and I forayed into North Beach. I actually found a parking place on Grant St. which augured well. We went into St. Francis Of Assisi where Paul used to pray regularly.

The girls on the steps of St. Francis

The girls on the steps of St. Francis

This is a beautiful little cathedral and it had been many years since I had been inside.

Calm and serene

Calm and serene

I headed for the candles…

One for Paul, and one for Signe too!

One for Paul, and one for Signe too!

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

We stayed for a while in the cool quiet and then headed across the street to the Cafe Trieste.

Another kind of sacrament... coffee, and an almond croissant

Another kind of sacrament... coffee, and an almond croissant

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Yeah Paul… I missed your presence.

I stopped at the coffee counter and bought some beans to take home.

Good times

Good times

Too bad I never got to show Paul my Aeropress Coffee maker. He would have dug it.

Time marches on… and so do we.

Onward

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From The Music Box To San Francisco… Adieu Dan Hicks

February 7th, 2016 Jorma 7 comments

Boy, it just keeps on coming in my generation. I knew Dan was fighting cancer and i figured if anyone could beat it, he had a good chance. You put up a brave fight my brother… I shall miss our minimalist conversations…

You always were the man.

May your memory be a blessing…

Here’s my set list from last night at the Music Box in San Diego…

Jorma Kaukonen 7, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Music Box
San Diego, California
Saturday, February 6, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Living In The Moment
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Come Back Baby
8. River Of Time
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Candy Man
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Heart Temporary
6. Barbeque King
7. Full Go Round
8. Good Shepherd
9. That’ll Never Happen No More
10. Been So Long
11. I Know You Rider
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Bar Room Crystal Ball

A beautiful to SF for SD today…

Work to do… Sweetwater in Mill Valley Thursday!

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Second Night At McCabe’s And Back To San Diego

February 2nd, 2016 Jorma 18 comments

Two more shows at McCabe’s last night… I love that place. They’ve been letting me show up for almost thirty years. Thanks guys…

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 6, 2016
McCabe’s Music Shop
Santa Monica, California
Sunday, January 31, 2016

First Show:
1. Been So Long
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Full Go Round
6. Sleep Song
7. Come Back Baby
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. River Of Time
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
11. I See The Light
12. Candy Man
13. That’ll Never Happen No More
14. Bar Room Crystal Ball
15. Water Song
Second Show:
1. True Religion
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. Living In The Moment
6. Sea Child
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Heart Temporary
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
11. Barbeque King
12. Good Shepherd
13. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
14. How Long Blues
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Back in San Diego I’m teaching a song writing class this week…

Last week was a tough week, but fortunately life goes on.

Love you all…

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