To Life!

A day by the river

A day by the river

There’s been so much loss lately and in a way, given our ages… that’s just the say it is and that’s just the way it’s going to be. I was home last weekend but I wasn’t teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch so on Saturday I got a chance to go for a motorcycle ride with my buddy Jerry Bayha. We selected a run up Rt. 78 to McConnellsville and then down the Muskingum River to Marieta. Then from Marieta, over on Rt. 550 to Athens and then home. The leaves were just starting to change and life was visibly in flux.

When I was a kid, I used to walk the tow paths on the canals in the D.C. area with my Mom and brother… Nothing much has changed tow path wise except that here in Ohio on the Muskingum we don’t need the paths… the river does the work.

They are still in use today

They are still in use today

Nope… not much changes with this little bit of engineering. As I was riding down the river even as life recedes into Fall the rushing water sings of life. Without the river… not much would have been here.

The locks open... and life moves downriver

The locks open... and life moves downriver

I am in New Jersey right now getting ready to go over to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the Love For Levon benefit.

The flow of the River has blessed me with a furlough for today… so many are resting on the shore, but by the grace of G_d, I am still being carried by the stream. For us far travelers, there is still work to be done. The locks open, the locks close… and we go where we must… as long as it is downstream.

I reflect on the blessings in my life and I welcome the journey.

take me with you when you go...

take me with you when you go...

  1. Frank F
    October 3rd, 2012 at 09:55 | #1

    Jorma, I too am in NJ, waiting to drink tonight from the flow of love and music that you and the other performers will surely create. Life does move on, and we are grateful for every experience that makes it continuously fresh and good!

  2. Tom in St. Louis
    October 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 | #2

    Last month I went to the funeral of a friend who left us much too soon, and as I exited the synagogue I was struck by the beauty of the day. I remember the same thing about my Mom’s service at her Presbyterian church…and my Dad’s…

    Somehow the juxtaposition of terrible sadness with the continuing beauty of nature sums up a lot about the human experience. We are born, live our lives and pass on to another mysterious world. So much occurs around us that we are unable to sense or truly understand, but we can catch glimpses of the glories of the universe when we stop to breathe and think and feel.

    It’s terribly hard to deal with loss, and some day our loved ones will feel the same about our departure, but the world goes on. The beauty of life is not decreased by our passing, but enhanced by the short time we have to make our own contribution to the lives of others.

    Thinking of Diana and Jack-
    TL in StL

  3. Rob
    October 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 | #3

    See you tonight brother, the love that will be on stage tonight for that grand soul Levon is most grateful.

  4. October 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 | #4

    Again another beautiful post. This surely rings true with me as I know my Dad will not be with me much longer. I am glad that we got to be a little closer the last few years. Even with all his health issues he has that great attitude of “onward”. I think it is something ingrained in us. My Dad’s health issues also made me realize that you have to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Going to the gym and working out most days of the week has sure done that for me. I have a much better attitude realizing that I am doing all I can do to make my life better. Sorry for ranting but this post really struck a nerve in me.

  5. Carter Dunkin
    October 3rd, 2012 at 13:36 | #5

    Doug captured my thoughts well, so I won’t restate them. See you in November.

  6. Cyndy Consentino
    October 3rd, 2012 at 14:24 | #6

    Dear Jorma,
    Lovely post! Hope my home state of NJ is showing
    you alot of love!
    Rock on tonight for Lee!

  7. Mark
    October 3rd, 2012 at 15:32 | #7

    I’m only 54, but am realizing that life is increasingly about loss as one gets older. What to do? Find a way to be happy anyway, I guess. When we lose someone, be grateful for their life. Cold comfort, I realize. But it’s reality – it’s not in the nature of living things to stick around forever, and life would be far less precious if we lived forever. Let’s be grateful for the preciousness of our lives.

  8. jim hitchcock
    October 3rd, 2012 at 19:54 | #8

    Well, I’m a bit excited. I moved from L.A. to Carson City, NV 6 years ago, and was stunned to learn in today’s Fur Peace Ranch email that Jorma & Barry are playing in Carson City on Oct. 18th. $65.00 for food, beverages, and a meet with Jorma before the show.

    Taking deep breaths…

  9. tony tedesco
    October 3rd, 2012 at 23:08 | #9

    Jorma, you’re doing it right. When it all comes down to it, the question is ‘did you leave the world a bit better than you came into it’ You can certainly say yes.

  10. tony tedesco
    October 3rd, 2012 at 23:10 | #10

    @tony tedesco

    BTW. Will some sort to help to Jack be needed to cope with Dianne’s medical expenses?

  11. Barbara Jacobs
    October 4th, 2012 at 01:30 | #11

    Great to see you at Love For Levon, Jorma.
    Thanks for sharing those nice photos of your family with me.
    And a bissel Yiddish.

    Thanks to all who attended Love For Levon.
    We appreciate it, the arena was riding on waves of love.

    See you again, down the road, Jorma!

  12. Joe
    October 4th, 2012 at 05:12 | #12

    Thank you , Jorma for this thoughtful reminder about Life !
    Long may you Run !

  13. carlo pagliano
    October 4th, 2012 at 07:08 | #13

    Great deep pics Jorma. Feels like home, the going of the water very much resembling the lake of my heart right here, and surprisingly the hand-manufactured counterforts look laid by hands and stones in common to the ones submerged in these waters since time. Your Blog makes love and mind grow exponentially, what a luck and what a resource for our lives. Be super-blessed!
    Rock Them High Jorma
    Safe travels all the way
    Steady As She Goes

  14. Brett
    October 4th, 2012 at 09:56 | #14

    Another great post Jorma…..

    Heading on my own little road trip tonight to the foothills of the Blue Ridge and expect to see a glimpese of some fall colors AND get a tasty dose of that Fur Peace vibe that I miss so much….Roy BookBinder at the Cook Shack in Union Grove…7:30 PM…pickin’ heaven

    Enjoy the tour!!!

  15. Joe in dC
    October 4th, 2012 at 14:02 | #15

    Thanks Jorma
    Looking forward to Birchmere this evening…………