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Update From Hillside Farm

In a hidden corner of the airport...

In a hidden corner of the airport...

I had almost forgotten that I took this picture as I was walking from baggage claim to the garage to get my Jeep coming home from Italy. With Memorial Day just past and all, I took notice and here we are in the Land Of The Free, Because Of The Brave.

The beauty just keeps coming for me and the next thing I knew was that one of my Amish neighbors was teaching our daughter the right way to plant a garden.

The way of good neighbors...

The way of good neighbors...

As if this wasn’t good enough… Even though I wasn’t working at the Fur Peace Ranch last weekend… Tommy Emanuel was… I got to share some space with that most remarkable of men. I even got to play a couple of numbers with him in his Saturday night concert. Sunday, I was baby sitting Izze so I only caught part of the show but that’s always a blessing and I got this shot of the moon on the way home.

Big as iife...

Big as iife...

Monday, after Tommy headed up to Pittsburgh, i got on my four wheeler and examined some of the nether regions of the FPR property.

It's like having our own state park, I tell you

It's like having our own state park, I tell you

In any case, I’ve been having a great time at home and the girls have furloughed me to ride my bike up to Akron to Founders Day this weekend. I’ll be weighing in from up there…

Good times!

The Mild Ones... shiny side up!

The Mild Ones... shiny side up!

  1. Cyndy Consentino
    June 5th, 2012 at 21:39 | #1

    Dear Jorma,
    Love the pictures! Thanks for posting them, and for always keeping us updated on your
    Blog:)
    Peace Out
    Cyndy

  2. eaglesteve
    June 6th, 2012 at 09:00 | #2

    A most fitting post Captain, not only for Memorial Day, but also one day before the 68th anniversary of D-Day. G_d bless our military. HooRah!

  3. Craig K
    June 6th, 2012 at 13:32 | #3

    I love to read your blog Cap. You are one of the hardest working musicans I know of and are always trying to look for the bright side. Keep em coming buddy and Thank You!

  4. kevhic
    June 6th, 2012 at 18:14 | #4

    Hey Jorma , Not sure where to post this , I noticed on Jacks site they have Jack’s bass sightings but couldn’t find anywhere to post, anyway Jorgen Carlson the bass player for Gov’t Mule was useing a Jack Gold bass at mountain jam , I also heard he uses a Jack Black with his other band Planet of the Abts , There are some pics and I wanted to post them on Jacks site or maybe one of Jacks people can put them up, thought it was pretty cool when I saw him with the bass , Ive been a Tuna Lover since 70’s when my brother took me to a show , I hope you keep on keepin on , Kevin

  5. Richard
    June 6th, 2012 at 21:17 | #5

    Yeah Buddy! Amish and Izze..Come fall it’s canning time.The road goes on…

  6. June 6th, 2012 at 21:19 | #6

    @kevhic
    I’ll make sure Jack sees this… I hear McCartney’s bass player played a Jack Bass at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond jubilee..

    Who knew?

  7. rich lindbloom
    June 7th, 2012 at 07:17 | #7

    Thanks for posting that picture of the stone on the soldier.

    There is a memorial just outside of Bastogne, Belgium called the Marddason Memorial. We visited the memorial after having a great Belgian beer in the quaint little town of Bastogne. The memorial has five sides to it, each side inscripted with 48 states and the divisions who served in the Battle of the Bulge.

    We were walking around with other tourists when i read the inscription on a memorial stone in the center. In Latin and English it simply said, “Belgium remembers it’s American Liberators.” Something welled up inside me that I’ve only felt a few times in my life. I told my wife, “C’mon, we have to go. Now.”

    She looked at me somewhat puzzled and when we got to the car i explained. I was about to totally lose it. I managed to hold everything inside, save for a few solitary tears – better that than the waterfall of emotion that was trying to burst the dam. The fact that a foreign country would honor our brave soldiers was just to much for me to fathom. I had no business walking on that sacred ground where so many valiant men and women gave their lives.

    If you ever get the chance, make sure you stop by and visit this great testimony to those who fought for the right of those who “yearn to breathe free.”

  8. Cyndy Consentino
    June 7th, 2012 at 07:45 | #8

    @rich kind loom
    Very nicely said, Rich! I feel that way when I visit
    The memorial wall for Vietnam vets at the Garden
    State Arts Center in NJ. My cousin, Donald Mollicone’s
    Name is on a panel and that always brings
    me to tears.
    Best
    Cyndy

  9. johno
    June 8th, 2012 at 12:57 | #9

    kinda off the subject, but last night on JEOPARDY they used some lyrics from WHITE RABBIT under the category “MUSICAL LYRICS’ and some dude got it.

  10. rich lindbloom
    June 9th, 2012 at 08:04 | #10

    Cindy, There is a picture of a business man, who is leaning against the Wall obviously recalling someone he knew. Like so many pictures, it speaks volumes. It’s hard to gaze at for long, the sorrow is overwhelming. Perhaps it’s America’s version of The Wailing Wall.

    However, “When trouble comes, I don’t pay no mind, I’ll be allright someday, deep in my heart, I do believe, that I’ll be allright someday…”@Cyndy Consentino

  11. Richard
    June 10th, 2012 at 13:40 | #11

    Jorma,
    Just got back from americade in lake george..Remember family vacations? Anyway,all work no play..but a lot of summer type festives.Thought of you and yours and the free road. Easy Now

  12. Peter
    June 10th, 2012 at 14:42 | #12

    Another man gone, sail safe Bob Welch!

  13. mark
    June 11th, 2012 at 20:05 | #13

    ITS GOOD TO BE ALIVE-35 DAYS AFTER TRIPPLE HEART BYPASS-AM DOING WELL-AND GLAD TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME SHOWS IN A FEW WEEKS ITS-ALL TRUE THE THINGS THAT WE GO THROUGH WHEN LOOKING AT OUR MORTALITY-BUT IT JUST WASN’T TIME YET-AM GLAD THE RIDE GOES ON-SO LETS JUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON AS LONG AS IT GOES- GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS-AFTER 40 PLUS YEARS ITS STILL ALL GOOD AND STILL ONE OF THE GREAT PLEASURES OF MY LIFE

  14. Angelo
    June 12th, 2012 at 20:58 | #14

    Hi Jorma
    With Bob sitting in a couple of nites on the skins on some shows coming up soon, what would be the chance that Sammy my sit in on a show or two? As a drummer that would put me over the top to see Sammy play with Tuna once again. I must tell you I was a little bummed that he wasn’t at your 70th NYC shows. But I’m all good now Jorma. lol. And just maybe, just maybe one or two nites with Will, I know I’m asking alot, but what the hay. Peace…stay thirsty my friend.

  15. Greg C
    June 13th, 2012 at 11:50 | #15

    I humbly request that “Invitation” be revived when Bob sits in ;)

  16. Cyndy Consentino
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:30 | #16

    Dear Jorma,
    So excited that Bob will be with you guys at Wellmont
    Show! Really can’t wait to see you guys together again:)
    Best
    Cyndyp

  17. johno
    June 13th, 2012 at 17:57 | #17

    I’m with ya Angelo, would love to see Sammy once more. He was the first Tuna drummer I ever saw and from what i remember – he was freakin amazin!!! Was a super nice guy too!

  18. Mitch Spector
    June 15th, 2012 at 21:00 | #18

    Love to see Sammy & Will get a night or two to play some of the originals .Happy that Bob is getting to once again be back with the Tuna family .One of the coolest shows i saw was when you and bob played alone together at the Commack Arena in i think 77or 78 .You were flying on the guitar and bob was keeping up as usual .Great memmories .Wonder if you remember those shows and what you thought of those .LOL I am proud to say Hot tuna was my 1st concert 10/24/76 12.00 show at the Paladium in Nyc .You were on the Americas Choice tour .Wow i was ruined you played until at least 6.am in the morning !! lol I have seen Tuna in various ensambles 30+ times since the last being the great south bay festival in Patchogue Long Island show last year .Have so many memories will save some others for a later post .Thanks Jorma