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Visions Of Mid August

Here I am with Tom Rush

Here I am with Tom Rush

So last weekend, as I mentioned, Tom Rush was the featured artist in our concert series. Back when I was just getting started, Tom was one of the Big Dogs… having already made several albums for a major label. We wanted to follow in his footsteps of course… and all these years later, here we are.

Zach between the scoots...

Zach between the scoots...

The weekend over, Zach and I did a boatload of riding, and there’s more to come.

Two men with guitars

Two men with guitars

Of course there was and is plenty of time for guitar picking… the way it was meant to be.

What was left of the class at the A frame

What was left of the class at the A frame

Zach was sitting on my class at the Fur Peace Ranch but by the time we got around to taking the class picture on Monday morning, some of the guys had already returned to reality. Good times anyway though…

The bridges of the Ohio Riover Valley

The bridges of the Ohio River Valley

Zach and Jerry Bayha and I went on a 250 mile ride up river out of Marietta to Hannibal from Rt. 78 to 536. Twelve miles of demanding twisties… Just beautiful… Ohio’s cousin of the Tail Of The Dragon. You bikers gotta do this one for sure. Lot’s of covered bridges and beautiful uninhabited roads on the way to 536.

Can't have too many covered bridges

Can't have too many covered bridges

A peaceful moment

A peaceful moment

Flow gently...

Flow gently...

The bridges just kept coming

The bridges just kept coming

My son and daughter have been riding with me… a biker dad’s dream come true. Yesterday, Izze and Zach and I went on down to the Meig’s County Fair on Rock Springs Road in time for the Tough Track last night. Mud flyin’ and engines roaring… trick pro machines as well as ‘run whattcha brung’ units. Good times with corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and the whole nine yards…

Sunset at the fairgrounds

Sunset at the fairgrounds

So far so good… Izze starts second grade tomorrow and Zach goes back to school the Tuesday after Labor day… still a little time for fun.


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  1. John B
    August 27th, 2013 at 12:45 | #1

    Can you bring all of this together for us Jorma ?

  2. johno
    August 27th, 2013 at 13:28 | #2

    @John B
    Jorma didn’t do anything except give us Tuna fans a blog to talk about our experiences and share information on shows etc.etc. Just because a few want to go out on tangents – it’s not up to Jorma to fix. It’s up to us to keep it together. Thanks Jorma

  3. carlo pagliano
    August 27th, 2013 at 13:56 | #3

    Don’t quite remember if i already said this on Jorma’s blog, “If This Is Love I Want My Money Back” hath the right requested Brit spin, dance along with it and open to the sounds, You’ll shine the Brit way for sure.

  4. John B
    August 27th, 2013 at 14:04 | #4

    Amen johno. I find myself off on a tangent now and then. Remember the show at the Academy where Jorma came out with the red white and blue vest and Tuna played a Feel So Good that went on Forever? That show might have been broadcast on the radio. . Not sure. There was one show – cant remember the one – it may have been the same show as I just mentioned ; where A women , a very well dressed women came out on the stage and I think it was her birthday. For some reason I want to say it was Jormas mom or Jacks . But again I can’t be sure. That was my favorite place to see the band. It was a building in decline but it has beautiful acoustics. The mirror ball . Look back with fondness and forward with anticipation. @johno

  5. John B
    August 27th, 2013 at 14:15 | #5

    The smell of the chestnuts ,Union Square , the giant clock just across the way from the Academy. The chill of the November night air when they played there in the fall. Back then there was a roadie – great big guy- handle bar mustache . Was that Chic ? I thought it was sacrilege when they turned the Academy into a disco. What an undignified end to a beautiful music hall where I had been witness to so many fine shows. Hells Angels headquarters directly across the street. Is it still there ? I haven’t been back to Union Square in many years. May be time for a roots tour.

  6. johno
    August 27th, 2013 at 15:15 | #6

    I think I remember the mustached guy, his name was Ron Dudley. Though there was a guy named Chic as well. Boy it was so long long ago. I remember coming out onto E. 13th street after the late set and the sun was starting to brighten the sky. I sure glad it was a quiet Sunday morn with no traffic as I drove home thru the twists and turns of the queens-midtown tunnel.
    @John B

  7. Barbara Jacobs
    August 27th, 2013 at 15:18 | #7

    Photography, Art, history, Art History, Books, Movies, Astronomy.
    A friendly discussion.

    Tom Rush and Jorma together: What’s not to love?
    Jorma and his kids riding together: What’s not to love?
    Covered bridges: What’s not to love?

    Jorma enjoyed “The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane” documentary.
    He was supportive and gave it high praise.
    It was all about Brit music and British musicians.

    Carlo lives in Italy. He can probably tell you that in Europe back in the 60’s, American popular music (born of Folk music, Bluegrass music, various styles of Blues music; itself born of Civil War era slave songs and African music) was as popular as British Rock which was born of American Blues music and Jazz, which was introduced to Paris in the 1920’s:
    Post WW1 Paris was THE place for ex-Pat American writers and Artists to live.
    Gertrude Stein hosted “Salons” at her home where writers and poets hung out to
    socialize. The Jazz clubs were where they went to hear music and watch Josephine
    Baker dance and perform.

    All this activity resulted in an enlightenment that lasted until The Great Depression (although many American Artists and Musicians returned to America, some
    stayed in Paris.) WW11 resulted in everybody running for their life.
    Post-WW11 America brought in a wave of immigrants from around the world, who came here and added their own European Folk music into the mix.
    Big Band music.

    My father’s opinion was that music was tamed-down during the Korean War and popular music was influenced by Movie soundtracks Country-Western(my Dad’s favorite, along with Big Band music)) and Pat Boone.

    The Beat Generation and Folk music became the alternative to “Beach Movie” music.
    The Civil Rights Movement injected Americans with a sense of empowerment.
    Then Elvis shook things up.
    Ahmet Ertegun signed Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and other greats to Atlantic Records (although Jazz was Ahmet’s favorite music).
    Motown introduced Soul and R&B music into the mix.
    The British Music “invasion” took America by storm with The Beatles.
    The war in Viet Nam politicized Americans and American musicians.
    Both the Brits’ and the Americans’ music was influenced by that and the “Psychedelic Sound”, which originated in San Francisco and that sound influenced Brit music of that decade.

    I’m not a musicologist, so I can’t explain how all of that led up to 1970’s Punk Rock and Glam Rock, Heavy Metal; the 1980’s music, Madonna and the 1990’s music,
    the revival of various forms of music in the first ten years of this century,
    to what the kids are listening to today: Hip-hop, Rap, Boy Bands (which aren’t actual “Bands” but rather are “Groups”),young female vocalists (only a few of whom actually play an instrument or write their own songs)and all of the crazy stuff that was televised last night on the VMAs.

  8. John B
    August 27th, 2013 at 16:00 | #8


    yeah yeah johno we were there togeather! Enjoying Tuna ; never missing a note- someone correcting my friend as he mispronounced Jormas first name as Joorma. The guy was walking past quickly and just heard that tiny snippet of conversation and pronounced the name correctly by saying “its Jorma” and he was gone ! I remember that big guy though bringing out the guitars checking on everything. I drove home thru a different tunnel – the Lincoln and thank goodness there were no twists and turns in there . The only sharp turn was when you came out of the Lincoln there was a very sharp turn to the left as we drove the Helix in reverse from our trip into the city. The skyline of the city rolled past us the horizon showing the first signs of dawn. And you know what johno? This November we can enjoy Tuna again. We can enjoy new experiences with new friends and enjoy Tuna as they are now… I think they have never sounded better. I asked a wise friend of mine once why he thought they didn’t play Feel Sso Good anymore and he said “John it really doesn’t matter does it?” “Just sit back relax and enjoy the beauty of it all.”

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    August 27th, 2013 at 16:54 | #9

    That’s the point, to just relax and take it in.

    As my friend from Telluride: “FaceOnMars” commented here, a few months ago:
    “This seems to be a very friendly virtual place.”

    It was his first Jorma blog comments section post. He’d been reading for a long time but didn’t lay down comments until that day.

    We are here because we all have at least one thing in common: We love Jorma and Hot Tuna.
    However, each of us is an individual with other commonalities:
    interest in Art, Photography, Movies, Books,…

    It’s all good and it makes this comments section interesting, as we discover our mutual interests. That is how friendships are formed in real non-cyberspace life.

    So, John B. and I will go to visit museums, pre-Hot Tuna show.
    johno didn’t like the idea of planning here for jumping-off of this blog comments section into real-life fraternization. Not long after that, he commented that he shared our interest in Art, Painting and Museums.
    You are invited to join us, johno.
    So is anybody else on here, interested in sharing visits to Art Museums.

    @John B

  10. Kathy
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:08 | #10

    I went to the louvre in Paris. The one thing i remember is that the ceilings were at least 50 feet high, the paintings were lined along the Hallways which were probably 100 feet wide. They were very lifelike and it was all people doing various godlike poses in robes and the detail was what left and impression on me. I was amazed at how large painting were that come from so long ago. Art did seem to be a central theme among euopeans. In Cologne Germany I think Or Bonn , somewhere along the Rhine. I walked past a man that was doing a sidewalk chalk
    picture and was still there at later that day finishing a portrait of someone and it looked meauseam worthy to me but I’m not an expert. The first time I went to San Francisco I got obsessed with an artist that I can’t remeber the name of , but his pictures were everywhere in art stores and old antique shops and went I came back to Austin where I was living then I bought copies of his paintings and framed them. I wish I could remeber who he is. IM going to have to sit and think A minut. I saw the statue of “The THinker” which reminds me of other Statues all over Europe that I guess qualifies for art. One of Byrom I think In Rome. Music is art so I was exposed to classical artists home that were influenced Frederich Nietrchie Whom we were studying with a philosophy teacher that brough the dwindeling 6 of us down from 50 60 , probably more when he used to go in the 60s.
    So we went to Wagners house and summer home and I took a great picture of his piano. Nietschie was also A classcal composer so we went to all of the places he went as well an d listened to a phongraph album in a classroom when we all met for the first time before we left for the colledge summer 2 month trip to Europe. Here in the states I have been to The Builtmore MAnsion which sort of reminded me of the louvre. It was a mans summer home/ mansion. The art there was elaborate and lofty and the ceilings were all painted elaborately as well. I’m going to try to remember the more current Artist I became interested in and If I do I’ll mention him here . I think his last name was Maxwell? I don’t know. Art is cool . I did’nt know it was a main topic of discussion. Sorry about the Brit comment I have residual bad humor tendencies. I like the all inclusive music history of music and it’s roots in Europe. I heard some jazz over there at times in Germany. People really seemd to like quincy Jones. I became an admirer after listening to him. People were intelligent their and everyone we met always wanted to discuss books and philosophers. Not so much music > I had Dead bootlegs on cassette that kept me entertained a lot of the time , but met one bartender in Germany and asked if he woulf play one of mine , he said “Wolfgang” which after several attempts Could still not pronounce to his satisfation, that he most definately did not like The Grateful Dead . Other than that he was a nice Guy and was playing other music.Thats my first recall of art. And ecompasses most everything I know, which is not really that much. lol

  11. Kathy
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:16 | #11

    Ok, yeah. Not Maxwell but Maxfield Parish. It’s not really my taste now, but for some reason I liked it back then. I think it was one portait he did that i saw in an art store that was an original and was highly valued.

  12. johno
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:20 | #12

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Sorry if I come off a tad snarky from time to time. I think I’m going thru male menopause. Sorry for being a bitch. We’re all here for our love of HT. Anybody know what Jack drives? I’m a car nut too.

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:31 | #13

    Maxfield Parish was one of the greatest illustrators and muralists.
    If you enjoy a great mural: check out The King Cole Room, at Manhattan’s
    St. Regis hotel. It’s a nice lounge on the lobby-level.

    You don’t need to sit and order a drink, just say you’d like to see the mural
    (you can’t miss it, as it fills the entire wall space behind the bar.

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:34 | #14

    Apology accepted, johno.@johno

  15. Kathy
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:36 | #15

    Cars can be considered art too. We had an antique car from the 30s that sat in our driveway for many years in mint condition. It was black and looked like and oversized volkswagon in my opinion, and the doors opened backwards in the back and regularly in the front. My grandfather had a department store in Memphis back in the 60s. cars were all cool back then.

  16. Cat
    August 27th, 2013 at 18:51 | #16

    @Barbara Jacobs
    coolest exhibit i ever saw at a museum was sand painting tibetan monks: http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/mandala.htm
    one of the ones i saw took a month to create (and moments to sweep away).

    would love to meet up and take in a museum before a show. FPR has the right idea, museum feet away from the music.

  17. Kathy
    August 27th, 2013 at 19:50 | #17

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Manhatten, Is that where they GOT the name of this drink? I dont have a set idea on how long im going to quit. I still just want those pills that make you sick if you drink because im trying to lose weight. So fasr i have lost 25 pounds but its probably closer to 30 now. I started this diet like three years ago when i cut out certain foods in my diet. The concept of sitting at a bar to look at art sounds fun in theory. Ive been to bars and not drank many times. But IDK. Thats why i don;t go to inter mettings or whatever because im sure i’d bail on everyone and let them down. IM just like went through a phase the last few years, but before that i never drank at all. But money was a factor. lol. I have more now than i did then. Ihave listened to the peopel on here and I hope i havent offended anyone, The one staement that i keep hearing that rings true to me living in a low income area, , is the thing Jorma said about losing everything. I keep heearing “youll lose everything in my head” and it feels like im going to lose my mind in alabama. Alabama getaway, But im not afraid cuz i grew up here. The next time im in manhatten I may have one and look at the painting and then leave. Or not I don’t know. Cool sugestion. Murals, So thats what they were. Illuminating murals. YOu are full of wisdom. Thank you.

  18. John B
    August 28th, 2013 at 14:46 | #18

    Just quit for today that’s all. Losing everything is one thing but when you lose your self that is quite another @Kathy

  19. Barbara Jacobs
    August 28th, 2013 at 15:30 | #19

    Cat: You are welcome to join us, in what is becoming a nice, friendly Art-loving, group of Jorma/Hot Tuna fans.

    We will work out the logistics of meeting (perhaps we can print-out a tag to be worn on our hats, shirts or just hold them up; identifying ourselves while sitting on the steps of The Met, or outside at The Frick).

    The Ruben Museum is the place to go for Asian/spiritual art. It’s small and doable in a few hours.

    The Tibetan monks create the mandala every year. It is a painstaking, meditative project and the sweeping-away finale is the visual representation of Buddhist belief.@Cat

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    August 28th, 2013 at 15:35 | #20


    You don’t have to even step inside the King Cole Room lounge.
    You can stand outside the doorway and just look inside.
    It’s a very small, narrow little space.
    No need to have a drink to enjoy looking at it.@Kathy

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    August 28th, 2013 at 15:42 | #21

    Kathy: Just google: King Cole Bar St Regis hotel.

    You can find many photos of the mural:
    Old King Cole (and his fiddlers three).

  22. John B
    August 28th, 2013 at 16:58 | #22

    That looks really cool Cat. I just googled it and I will try to catch the Monks when they come through my area again. They will b e around here in November but on the same night Tuna plays their acoustic show in NYC. @Cat

  23. Cat 2
    September 1st, 2013 at 08:56 | #23

    hey john, i think they will be there for some time, not just the night. do you have a link?
    hey kathy, alabama can be isolating, but just across the border you have some relief. maybe you can make some cool contacts.
    if i didn’t know fpr was up the road when i returned to the back of beyond, well, i’d be very blue. maybe the farm can boost your spirits.

  24. Cat 2
    September 1st, 2013 at 08:58 | #24

    the monks do that chord-singing thing. someone said anyone can do it. hmmm…

  25. Cat 2
    September 1st, 2013 at 09:24 | #25

    i plan two hours extra drivetime on my mini tuna fall tour to see the kaleidoscope that inspired silodelia at the ranch. (syracuse, jay, cn)

  26. Cat 2
    September 1st, 2013 at 09:36 | #26

    i have 1 giant silo
    + 0 ideas

  27. Cat 2
    September 1st, 2013 at 09:55 | #27

    if you take a sacred secret ritual, like sand painting or sweat lodges, and make it public, does the whole nature of the ritual change? what is lost? gained?

  28. John B
    September 2nd, 2013 at 09:21 | #28

    A link for where they will be performing in NYC when Tuna is here this November? @Cat 2

  29. Cat
    September 3rd, 2013 at 08:09 | #29

    @John B
    right. which monks? do they have a website? i’m not seeing anything.

  30. Cat
    September 3rd, 2013 at 08:13 | #30

    seems like a few different groups do this. when i first saw it, they took a month. the next time, two weeks. now it seems they do it in days. the first time, nothing commercial about it. the next time, they sold stuff in the middle of the ritual. could be different monks. just curious about the group currently touring. maybe they’ll be nearby. thx.

  31. John B
    September 3rd, 2013 at 13:23 | #31

    Cat I clicked on the link that you provided and it took me to their tour schedule. The sand painting will be in Salisbury Maryland Sept 18th thru my birthday on the 21st. @Cat

  32. Cat
    September 4th, 2013 at 08:14 | #32

    hey john b~~i didn’t see that part of the site. very very cool. awesome in fact. thx.

  33. Cat
    September 4th, 2013 at 08:28 | #33

    looks like some dates are music and dance ritual. no sand painting.

  34. John B
    September 6th, 2013 at 15:10 | #34

    Most of Them are Cat. The one in Salisbury is sand painting. I called and spoke to someone there. I haven’t yet looked to see how far Salisbury is from me and weather or not I can make the trip but I would like to see it. @Cat

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