Life Is A Love Song

Sometimes it is easy to lose track of the fact that there are so many wonderful people in the world. The culture we live in today often seems devoid of gentle common sense and manners. I could say more on this subject and perhaps I will at some time, but that time is not now. Suffice it to say, the wonderful comments to my little site with regards to Jack and Diana remind me that in the last analysis we are one, and that love is more powerful than hate… which in a way is in itself the ultimate selfishness!

Of course we all know that at some point in our lives, we will walk that lonesome valley and we can only hope that it will not be as lonesome as that song I learned so long ago. I find myself saying more than I would like, ‘It is what it is…’ and I wish I could say it less. I say it quite simply because I really do not know what else to say. This morning I found there are better things to say. I was reading the comments to yesterdays’ entry and they are all so beautiful. One really caught my eye… and it came from my buddy Mutt down in the torrid flatlands of Orlando, Florida. Mutt and I ride motorcycles together a couple of times a year and I can truthfully say that we rarely talk about the beauty of the life that is given us.This time, however, Mutt wrote… ‘Life is a love song…’ and for me, in this moment… that said it all! So instead of saying, ‘It is what it is,’ I shall try to remember to say, ‘Life is a love song!’ Thanks Mutt… More will be revealed, that’s for sure.

Last night at Sweetwater was our second night there and the last gig of this tour. Our old pal Bob Weir came down and sat in with us at the end of the first set and I have to say that out of all the times we have played together, this might have been the best! Thanks Bob…

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 50, 2012
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Sweetwater
Mill Valley, California
Sunday, July 31, 2012

First Set:
1. Search My Heart
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. More Than My Old Guitar
9. How Long Blues
10. Walking Blues with Bob Weir
11. When I Paint My Masterpiece with Bob Weir
12. I Know You Rider with Bob Weir
Second Set:
1. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
2. The Terrible Operation
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Goodbye To The Blues
5. True Religion
6. Candy Man
7. Come Back Baby
8. Vicksburg Stomp
9. Good Shepherd
10. Vicksburg Stomp
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. Nine Pound Hammer
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

That’s about it for now… Jack and Diana leave for their home in L.A. on the bus this morning and Myron, my son Zach and myself fly home to Ohio tomorrow…

  1. Joe in DC
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:13 | #1

    thoughts for jack and diana…………….

  2. mutt
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:53 | #2

    Well let me just say that because of my inability to hear things as they really are, I sometimes make up my own words to others’ songs. No credit for me when it comes to originality. And as Jorma knows, there are times when ya just don’t want to hear what I have to say.

    So to give credit where credit is due, I thank Mr. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull for some of the other sound tracks of my life. Life’s a Long Song is actually an old Jethero Tull song – but I have always sung it as ‘Life’s a Love Song’. Beautiful and appropriate either way.

    When you’re falling awake and you take stock of the new day,
    and you hear your voice croak as you choke on what you need to say,
    well, don’t you fret, don’t you fear,
    I will give you good cheer.

    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.

    If you wait then your plate I will fill.

    As the verses unfold and your soul suffers the long day,
    and the twelve o’clock gloom spins the room,
    you struggle on your way.
    Well, don’t you sigh, don’t you cry,
    lick the dust from your eye.

    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.

    We will meet in the sweet light of dawn.

    As the Baker Street train spills your pain all over your new dress,
    and the symphony sounds underground put you under duress,
    well don’t you squeal as the heel grinds you under the wheel.

    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.

    But the tune ends too soon for us all.

    But the tune ends too soon for us all.

    Love and Peace Fur All

    mutt

  3. Todd E
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:02 | #3

    My Buddhist teacher said: “Love is the real nuclear bomb that destroys enemies.” Enemies: he was referring to internal delusions: hate, anger, jealousy, selfishness, etc. that cause all the troubles in this world. So true…

  4. Mitch Spector
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:08 | #4

    Dear Jorma , So sorry to hear about Jack & Diana’s battle .They are in my mind and prayers .I feel like a family member to you and the band .I have grown up with all of you and i am hurting that our Tuna family is going thru this but i am with you the only way i can be with my heart and prayers ! Love all of you !!, Peace ,Mitch Spector

  5. Ken & Sharon Hoyt
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:23 | #5

    Jorma,

    Please let Jack & Diane know that they are in our thoughts & prayers. We send our prayers of comfort and peace every day to you all.

    Best Regards,
    Ken & Sharon Hoyt

  6. HOGAN
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:30 | #6

    Hey Jorma,

    Sweetwater was always one of my favorite places to see you guys play when I lived in San Francisco which seems like a life time ago and Bob would always pop in then too. My friend had won guitar leesons with you there and it was one of the best expierence’s he ever had. Jack and Diane are in my thoughts and prayers, he will need your friendship now more then ever.
    Safe travels home and enjoy the family.

  7. Cyndy Consentino
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:31 | #7

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you for the lovely post and all that you
    share.
    Blessings and prayers to Diana and Jack.

    Be well
    Cyndy

  8. Carter Dunkin
    August 1st, 2012 at 12:32 | #8

    My wife and I both were struck with your heartfelt and thoughtful post yesterday and, frankly, I’m still digesting your words as well as the gravity of the situation. Your comments today are just as striking and Mutt’s post reflects our journey on this earth beautifully.

    Safe travels to you, Jorma, as you head back east with Zach and Myron. Our hearts and prayers will accompany Diana and Jack on their journey.

  9. trish
    August 1st, 2012 at 13:25 | #9

    what a thoughtful insight – that love is a lifesong !! i agree -’ it is what it is’ seems the ultimate product of a nation of convenience ..the old sayings were more creative ” what if they gave a war ; and no one cane ?” ..but alas- we have traveled a zen road all along ; and the smoke signals coming up from this culture are street signs letting us know where we are .. ” it’s all good ” is the grand slam winner in this area ! your playing last nite was indeed a love song ..and meeting you after was a gift – hele on ; bruddah jorma !

  10. Frank Filipo
    August 1st, 2012 at 14:22 | #10

    As always, Jorma, your words and the gentle humanity of those who comment here serve as a reminder that the world need not be the cold, angry place so frequently portrayed all around us. How clear it is that there is warmth and love readily available to those who will recognize, welcome, and share it.

    Jack and Diane, and all in your circle of warmth, shall be in my thoughts.

  11. Joe
    August 1st, 2012 at 16:07 | #11

    I didn’t comment because this post got me into deep reflection . My thoughts go out to Jack and Diana. There are so many songs about ” Life and Time” but Mutt’s post says it best. If you try to do it right , it can be a “love” Song. That’s why I look forward to Jorma’s Thoughts . They make me pause and think . Jorma , Thanks again .

  12. jim hitchcock
    August 1st, 2012 at 18:03 | #12

    Thanks, mutt, for reminding me of one of my all time favorite Tull songs.

    Weir joining in on Rider, that’s pretty special.

  13. August 1st, 2012 at 18:04 | #13

    As much as my selfish ears wanted to hear y’all in Portland; I thank you for putting the family needs first. Those who say otherwise have not been listening to what you guys have been putting out for all these years.
    My heart breaks for Jack (and all of you) and I wish all of you nothing but comfort. I know we will get to see and hear each other down the road but, as someone much wiser than me said “First Things First.”
    Big LOVE to all y’all…

  14. Jim T.
    August 1st, 2012 at 20:26 | #14

    Much like others have mentioned, I grew up with you and Jack and feel like extended family and continue to pray for comfort for Jack and Diana! Bob Weir, so sorry I missed!! Wrong coast! Safe travels!

  15. David Shapiro
    August 1st, 2012 at 20:28 | #15

    And so a love song out to Jack and Diana with blessings for peace and healing. We’ll miss you in Bend. David

  16. Joey hudoklin
    August 1st, 2012 at 21:15 | #16

    My heart & prayers go out to Diana & Jack, and the Tuna family. Jorma, you & jack have guided & shaped my life since a young man first heard you play Academy of Music in ‘75. Life has many twists & turns from which we learn & grow. God doesn’t give us anything thats too much for us to handle. Blessings

  17. Joey hudoklin
    August 1st, 2012 at 21:25 | #17
  18. Joey hudoklin
    August 1st, 2012 at 21:29 | #18

    mutt :
    Well let me just say that because of my inability to hear things as they really are, I sometimes make up my own words to others’ songs. No credit for me when it comes to originality. And as Jorma knows, there are times when ya just don’t want to hear what I have to say.
    So to give credit where credit is due, I thank Mr. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull for some of the other sound tracks of my life. Life’s a Long Song is actually an old Jethero Tull song – but I have always sung it as ‘Life’s a Love Song’. Beautiful and appropriate either way.
    When you’re falling awake and you take stock of the new day,
    and you hear your voice croak as you choke on what you need to say,
    well, don’t you fret, don’t you fear,
    I will give you good cheer.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    If you wait then your plate I will fill.
    As the verses unfold and your soul suffers the long day,
    and the twelve o’clock gloom spins the room,
    you struggle on your way.
    Well, don’t you sigh, don’t you cry,
    lick the dust from your eye.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    We will meet in the sweet light of dawn.
    As the Baker Street train spills your pain all over your new dress,
    and the symphony sounds underground put you under duress,
    well don’t you squeal as the heel grinds you under the wheel.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    Life’s a ‘love’ song.
    But the tune ends too soon for us all.
    But the tune ends too soon for us all.
    Love and Peace Fur All
    mutt

  19. Joey hudoklin
    August 1st, 2012 at 21:32 | #19

    I don’t know if my comment is being received.

  20. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2012 at 01:27 | #20

    My heart goes out to Jack, someone who has made our lives so much better over the years. I have been following you guys since high school (35 years now). Even so, life seems so, so short …

  21. Rob
    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:56 | #21

    Peace, Love, Good Thoughts and Prayers for Diana & Jack.

  22. Todd E
    August 2nd, 2012 at 13:44 | #22

    Light, love, thoughts and prayers to Diana and Jack…

  23. johno
    August 2nd, 2012 at 16:12 | #23

    Jorma, please extend my dearest thoughts and prayers to Diana and Jack. Though I didn’t know Diana I can’t imagine how cool it must be to be married to Jack. May they be surrounded by love and family and know that the thousands of Tuna fans all over the world are with them at this time. My heart goes out to the both of them. And talking about love songs, may I finish with lyrics from my favorite love song. “and when we came out into view, and there I found myself with you, when breathing felt like something new, going along with you”

  24. eaglesteve
    August 2nd, 2012 at 17:03 | #24

    Jack, you and yours are in my prayers. Hang in there, for now you’re need most.

  25. Bob
    August 2nd, 2012 at 18:15 | #25

    All the best wishes for Jack & Diana, can only hope for happiness for them.

    And thanks for the great show at the Bijou in Knoxville

  26. Tim from Philly
    August 2nd, 2012 at 18:28 | #26

    Wow just saw these posts. Had intended to send Ethernet high fives for the Sweetwater shows which some friends posted about on FB. But overwhelmed with thoughts for Jack and the whole Tuna extended family. Mutt put it very well. I’m not the praying type, but Jack and Diana are in my thoughts. Thanks Jorma and all for keeping us up to speed.

  27. Bill Van Iden
    August 2nd, 2012 at 21:14 | #27

    Wish I could have been there…Jorma, I drive past 2400 Fulton and Willard North( I live the name for a street) almost daily. I think a lot of the Tuna/Airplane family along with others would be very interested in your memories and stories about the house. Like, was the album cover from God Bless it’s Pointed Little Head shot there? Such an iconic place. Any thoughts?
    Bill

  28. jerry horn
    August 3rd, 2012 at 03:34 | #28

    Dear Jorma,
    Much gratitude for your pristine sets at Sweetwater.
    It appears you and Jack haven’t lost a step in your 44 years of Tuna.
    Your music still contains the spark, intelligence, humor & originality that attracted me to it all those years ago.
    There were passages both nights that had me literally in tears.
    & the palpable affection you & Jack share for one another is contagious.
    I hope you’ll include Mill Valley & Sweetwater in your future tour plans.
    As you no doubt noticed, your adoring crowd awaits you here.
    My fondest wishes go to Mr. & Mrs. Cassidy for comfort for the duration of their voyage together.
    Thanks again for gracing us with your peculiar form of magic.
    All the best.
    Jerry Horn
    Dr.Champagne
    Mill Valley

  29. tom
    August 3rd, 2012 at 08:43 | #29

    jorma my heart goed out to jack and dianne saw first show stony brook in 67 been to hundreds of shows since the tuna family is in my thoughts save trip home

  30. MikeT
    August 3rd, 2012 at 20:29 | #30

    Mine and my wife’s thoughts and prayers go out to Jack and Diana.

  31. Jeff Brody
    August 5th, 2012 at 22:35 | #31

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diana and Jack and may peace and love follow them always. You guys are a great family!

    Jeff & Laura

  32. chris mendez
    September 9th, 2012 at 16:29 | #32

    life is a love song and its been a great journey with you guys 35 years and counting we love you guys chris and kathy brooklyn ny