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The Weekend And Number Five

April 29th, 2020 57 comments

Well, it rained today, but I did get a hundred mile ride in on Monday!

By the mighty Ohio near Marietta

By the mighty Ohio near Marietta

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Just passed a long string of barges

Just passed a long string of barges

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Just a great day for a ride… and about time, I might add.

back at the Ranch…

Zammy, Aslan and me invite our souls

Zammy, Aslan and me invite our souls

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

With Diesel going for $2.31 and gas $1.40 or so, I just wish I could head out and do more driving. Well, it could be worse, that’s for sure. I took the Mule down to the Shade to check out the post rain haps. When the rain came in our bottom land started to flood but the new bridge held its own.

The crest just receding

The crest just receding

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The river comes and goes as it will. A day later it was like this.

Getting back to normal

Getting back to normal

Foto By Jorma Kaukonen

In a month or so, there will be hardly any water in the mighty Shade.

Between storms, there’s always a sunset.

What's not to like?

What's not to like?

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Well, I’ve been getting some new/old gems together for the Quarantine Concert #5 and I’m really looking forward to breaking them out. Here’s the link for the May second show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEJvzHmsgSU

Rain or shine, be there or… you know…

See ya on the small screen!

Bear with me

Bear with me

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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Quarantine Concert #4 And A Seafood Dinner

April 26th, 2020 44 comments
Maine scallops and pasta

Maine scallops and pasta

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

A rainy, rainy Sunday here at the Fur Peace Ranch. Last night was our fourth quarantine show but I’ll get to that in a minute. Pouring rain all day long. A good day to stay warm and look out the window, and perhaps give a guitar lesson on Zoom… and have a great home cooked meal. Pasta (Tinkyada gluten free) with a non dairy (unsweetened almond milk) white wine and shiitake cream sauce with fresh Maine scallops topped with a Chardonnay Bellavitano cheese. Big smiles and happy tummies all around!

And… last night another fulfilling evening for us here at the Ranch!

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2020
#4 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, April 25, 2020

1. Candy Man
2. New Song For The. Morning
3. I See The Light
4. Ain’t In No Hurry
5. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Spence Bohren’s The Old Homestead featuring John Hurlbut
8. A Little Faster featuring John Hurlbut
9. Wolves &. Lambs
10. Things That Might Have Been
11. I Know You Rider

It’s been almost a year since our dear friend Spenser Bohren has been gone. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting on the library with Spenser and his wife Marilyn talking and inviting the warmth of friendship. We all miss him so much but he has left a legacy of song behind him and Johnny did him proud.

That’s about it for this rainy day…

Stay well all!

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The Bridge

April 25th, 2020 28 comments

No… not Sonny Rollins’ Bridge, but ours here at the Fur Peace Ranch.

Not Terabithea either!

Not Terabithea either!

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Isolation depends on the environment I guess. We’ve got room to roam.

Up river

Up river

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been the first moments of warm sun here for while so it was nice to just get out, park the mule by the Shade River and walk a bit.

As summer approaches, the water will be gone

As summer approaches, the water will be gone

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

When you live in he country you learn to accept what nature gives you.

Nice Smiles!

Nice Smiles!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Nessa looks for Morels. Good luck. 🙂

Where are those shrooms?

Where are those shrooms?

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

I used to be able to find morels at the old homestead. I have yet to find one here.

Well, we’ve got to get it together for another streaming show for the Fur Peace Station so we headed back up the road with the Mule.

The old farm road back up to the FPR plateau

The old farm road back up to the FPR plateau

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

This old road goes back to the early 1800’s and there is some cool graffiti etched into the rocks.

Back at the A-Frame, Vanessa climbs the steps the Smile’s son Eli built. This was a man’s work, I’m telling you!

Who needs a stair climber?

Who needs a stair climber?

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

OK Back at the Ranch I placed some cool acoustic guitars. Which ones to play?

We’ll see.

Talk about blessings...

Talk about blessings...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Quick music note: Tango El Bongo by George Van Eps, anything by Charlie Byrd, anything by Larry Willis, great keyboard player who passed away recently.

Back to the present:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImqCWpu_Hw

There’s our link for tonight.

See ya later

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The Cost Is Relentless

April 24th, 2020 22 comments
Portrait of the artist in modern mufti

Portrait of the artist in modern mufti

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

During this time of pandemic stress none of us are untouched. My family and I are still healthy by the grace of G_d and aside from hemorrhaging money I am only losing time. The money I can make back if I love long enough… the time is gone forever. This is a statement of fact not a whining complaint. Believe me, I know it could truly be a lot worse. I was going down to my little studio today to get some guitars I will be using tomorrow for our Eight PM show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImqCWpu_Hw) and I had Fresh Air on NPR coming at me from my truck radio. I found out the Lee Konitz, the great sax player, composer, improvisationist and more passed away on April 15, 2020 at the age of 92. Like so many, he was felled by the Corona Virus. In 1963 when I had barely been in California for a year I had a friend named Steve Schuster who I met through my brother. Steve was really the first true jazz cat I ever met and he probably doesn’t know this, but whatever free music spirit I have been able to cultivate may well have started with him. In any case, Steve, Paul Kantner, David Frieberg, Sherry Snow and a gaggle of others were all circulating in the South Bay at this time. We were always trying to find interesting things to listen to. Steve found out that Lee Konitz was playing weekly in a pizza place somewhere nearby and he allowed that this was an artist I needed to hear. Pizza and beer and world class jazz… what’s not to like?

I’m not a jazz musician and I have no aspiration to become one. It’s a little late in the game to be changing horses in midstream but I have always admired the disciplined freedom that good jazz offers. However you want to categorize what it is that I do, most of the time I play songs and songs, by their nature, have to be the way they have to be. In Jefferson Airplane so many years ago my colleagues brought beautiful and outlandish asymmetrical music to the table and allowed me to simply blow until I found a part that fit, and a song was born. I think that listening to Lee in that pizza joint showed me live and in real time what could be accomplished with a tune.

It’s been many years since I listened to Lee but I was shocked and saddened to find he was gone. I think sometimes we expect the pillars of our youth to always be with us. It looks like his last recording was in 2018 on Verve with Dan Tepfer. Good stuff Lee! At the end of the Fresh Air segment the Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead talked about Lee as the master of ‘The long, lucid improvised line!’

Wow…

Time to go back to the record collection.

Maverick, in splendiferous, familial isolation.

Maverick, in splendiferous, familial isolation.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We are losing good ones every day…

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Thoughts On A Wednesday

April 22nd, 2020 43 comments
From my back porch...

From my back porch...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Chilly but beautiful here at the Ranch this morning. Walking the dogs on this frosty April morning gave me plenty of time to think, as always. I value freedom of expression… it’s one of the many things that make this country great. I’ve talked about this before. I do not want or expect everyone to agree with me. As my old Harrisonville neighbor, Larry Vance said on more than on occasion, ‘Jorma, if we wuz all the same, what a boring world it would be!’ Words of wisdom for sure. In this strange virtual world that all of us inhabit so much of the time I guess there’s a time and a place for everything. I will not tolerate ad hominem fallacy attacks on me or anyone else on my site and I reserve the right to vet a priori judgments. Hey, that’s just the way it is. I don’t proselytize or preach to you guys so please don’t do it to me or to each other in this site.

Vis a vis the spirit of the 60’s, we could talk forever about this. Wavy Gravy and the Seva Foundation (Founded by Ram Dass) more than walked the walk since the 60’s. Jefferson Airplane was not really a hippy band as I would describe it. As independent as we were, we managed to do battle with and function within the boundaries that the recording business proscribed in those days. Artists are so much freer in this time, but that’s another story. The Airplane and later Hot Tuna did countless free shows and benefits. We also bought houses and vehicles. We were, in the truest sense of the word, an American success story.

What does this all mean to me? Listen, it’s interesting but ancient history. My ability to be a husband to my wife and a father to my two children is where the rubber meets the road today. As a 79 year old guitarist, that I am still able to function at an acceptable level is more than a blessing. That I still have the health I have… well, nuff said on that. My Higher Power treats me better than I deserve but I’ll take it.

Anyway, it’s Earth Day today and where I live, it couldn’t be more beautiful. That’s the real deal! Last but not least, every one is entitled to their own opinion but no one has a right to be factually wrong. I don’t need some outsider to tell me what I think, who I am, or what I really mean.

Today is really the only moment we have.

Make it a good one!

The view from my back porch

The view from my back porch

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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Quarantine Concert #3 And Another Avalanche Pizza

April 20th, 2020 29 comments
The Fur Peace Station Concert Hall and the Psylodelic Museum

The Fur Peace Station Concert Hall and the Psylodelic Museum

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… another great night for us here in Southeast Ohio at the Fur Peace Station. It is our pleasure and honor to bring these free concerts to our friends all over the world. We wish you were here, but we’ll take the win any way we can. We dealt our friends Myron Hart and John Hurlbut into the mix and hopefully we’ll have some more surprises for the coming show, Saturday the 25th of April. Here’s the link for that show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImqCWpu_Hw

And here’s the set list from last Saturday:

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 2020
#3 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio

1. Too Many Years
2. Parchman Farm
3. The Terrible Operation
4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
5. Flying Clouds
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. If I Should Have Bad Luck with Myron Hart
8. Easy Rider song with John Hurlbut
9. Re-Enlistment Blues
10. Come Back Baby
11. Water Song

And the one before:

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2020
#2 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, April 11, 2020

1. Second Chances
2. Ice Age
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Trouble In Mind
5. Living In The Moment
6. Sleep Song
7. Genesis
8. Angel From Montgomery with John
9. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? (For Bob Kelly)
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. I Am The Light Of This World
12. Embryonic Journey

All the volunteers last Saturday night feasted in pizza from our favorite take out pizza place in Athens, Ohio.

A Hot Tuna Pizza from Avalanche with my name on it!

A Hot Tuna Pizza from Avalanche with my name on it!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… Avalanche Pizza… quite simply the best!

I’ve entered the new age and am now doing workshops on Zoom… just like the kids. Hey, I love to teach and it keeps me feeling relevant.

In the meantime, more will be revealed as the week unfolds.

Stay well!

PS It’s 4/20…. Whoahhh

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What A Difference A Year Makes

April 17th, 2020 25 comments

April 15, 2019 Ray Hurlbut’s time on earth was over. It seems hard for me to imagine that this year has passed so quickly. Ray was John, our Ranch Manager’s dad and he is survived by his daughter Marylou, sons John and Pete plus grandchildren and great grandchildren. At the time of his passing he was one of the oldest surviving WWII vets in the State Of Ohio. He was a really great guy, and he was my friend! From December 18, 1921 to April 15, 2019… what can you say? At 97 he had a heck of a run.

Nessa and I got to visit him a couple of days before he passed and it was an honor to spend time with an old friend. A day after we visited him in Lancaster our buddies Wally and Cat paid him a visit and he sent me a message through them.

‘Tell my brother Jorma I’ll be saving him a seat next to me on the stage… but tell him not to rush.’ That was Ray.

I’ll do my best Ray.

Rest easy!

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Mittwoch And More

April 15th, 2020 20 comments
Flight testing the Phantom 3 Standard

Flight testing the Phantom 3 Standard

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

My Phantom 3 Standard is about to find a new home so I thought I’d fire it up an reacquaint myself with its vagaries so I can show Justin, our chef, how to fly it.

Justin and the kids leaving the facility

Justin and the kids leaving the facility

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah, its been a while since I flew this bird so it took me a minute to figure it out. It doesn’t use Ocusync as a flight system like the more modern birds do. That said, once I got back on board it worked perfectly. Justin’s going to love this UAV if he can keep the kids from crashing it.

Meanwhile one of the blessings about living where I do is that it is a sparsely populated tri county area and I’ve got 126 acres of my own to play on not to mention the Farmer’s Market in Athens which brings up the next subject… fresh lamb. Ok… so we got the lamb last Saturday (baaaah) and grilled it last night… gotta love the grill. Vanessa made the crudités:

That's what I'm talking about

That's what I'm talking about

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Then my main course:

Lamb, new potatoes, roasted red peppers and flat bread

Lamb, new potatoes, roasted red peppers and flat bread

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

What’s not to like. Notice Dad’s old Phillips radio. It’s over fifty years old and today is still the source of my NPR news in the morning.

Yep, only 28 degrees this morning, but the grass is still growing

Yep, only 28 degrees this morning, but the grass is still growing

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Every night is movie night here at the Fur Peace Ranch. The other night we saw Unorthodox on Netflix. I always meant to read the book and now I think I will. Four hours well spent. I’m also revisiting The Strain. I loved it the first time around, and it seems truly timely today… vampires notwithstanding.

The ladies settling in for  movie

The ladies settling in for a movie

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

OK… Smiles is working on building a bridge across the mighty Shade River so we can easily hike the rest of our property. Good stuff in this time of personal limitations.

Now… Saturday the 18th of April another grand streaming show from our very own Fur Peace Station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bV3AKkEPW8&feature=youtu.be

As always… be there… or be square… and stay well!

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Another Evening From The Fur Peace Ranch And Easter Sunday

April 12th, 2020 24 comments
Alone at the Ranch. The POW/MIA flag is in tatters. Waiting for the new one to come.

Alone at the Ranch. The POW/MIA flag is in tatters. Waiting for the new one to come.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

So here it is on an overcast Easter morning. Our family celebrated Passover in our own way here at home. Vanessa and her sister Ginger took Easter to their mom, Virginia who is in a rehab facility recovering from a fall. The girls will be outside Ginny’s window with decorations, signs and well wishes. That’s just how it is here in Southeast Ohio and I imagine everywhere there are people with common sense.

Well, we had our second edition of our Saturday Night WWC concert series last night and we had a great time sending it out to through the ether. I want to thank Myron Hart for leaving his lair in Johnson Hollow to do sound and production and Andie Walla for leaving her infant son at home with dad to do for us what she does so well: direct and produce video! Our daughter Izze ran the long shot camera again and did a pro job. Thanks Izze! Of course major thanks and kudos go to Vanessa, without whom none of this would be possible. Love you girl… always! Our Ranch Manager, John Hurlbut made the 20 some mile trek from his home on the other side of the county to Join me for a song. I’ve have to pleasure and honor to accompany John over the last who knows how many years. Tonight he and I wanted to play a song honoring John Prine, may his memory be a blessing. We picked Angel From Mongomery. Many thanks for this John… on many levels brother. I’d also like to thank the many folks who donated money last night. We will use this to keep the production going until the war is over. Your collective generosity is muchly appreciated!

OK… here’s the set list:

Jorma Kaukonen 2, 2020
#2 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, April 11, 2020

1. Second Chances
2. Ice Age
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Trouble In Mind
5. Living In The Moment
6. Sleep Song
7. Genesis
8. Angel From Montgomery with John Hurlbut
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
12. Embryonic Journey (using my original J-50. Guitar and mike. no electronic BS)

That’s about it for this grey Sunday. We’ve got some fun stuff to break out next Saturday and I’m sure we’ll be chatting as the week evolves.

Stay well…

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A Trip To The Market On State Street

April 11th, 2020 22 comments
Doing what we must...

Doing what we must...

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

Saturday morning… our daughter Izze is still asleep. (Every night is movie night here. Night before last was Dogma. Last night was Inception.) Nessa and I climbed in my truck and we headed into town to Farmer’s Market on State Street. I’ve take some motorcycle rides and gone out to fill up the truck when cheap diesel manifested itself, but this was the first time I was around other people besides my immediate family. Interesting to say the least. It was more than orderly with everyone keeping their distance.

Good food, good meat. Getting late...

Good food, good meat. Getting late...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nessa is a vegetarian but she still knows where to find the good stuff… and this is the place for good stuff. Today, steaks… and from another booth, lamb chops. One of the many blessings we get from living here (aside from not being surrounded by people in times like these) is that ‘farm to table’ is a way of life not an expensive specialty. Moving right along, masks or not, we all seem to recognize each other. I ran into Nessa’s sister Ginger in time for a cheery ‘Hello!’

We've got to start meeting like this...

We've got to start meeting like this...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Shopping done, we stopped by the Donkey where I got my usual double shot of espresso. Gotta support the places that are still open!

OK… tonight… Another free streaming show from the Fur Peace Ranch at eight o’clock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wTLGKvG4U0

Be there or be square.

Obsessed?   Nahhh...

Obsessed? Nahhh...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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