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The Spring Of Many Cultures… Spring Has Sprung

Mmmm... and Kosher too!

Mmmm... and Kosher too!

So my son Zach was with us for his Spring Break and he was able to join us for the family Seder at Hillel Of Ohio University.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was a sweet evening… and yes, I had seconds of gefilte fish.

Israel Love reads the Haggadah.

Israel Love reads the Haggadah.

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The Kaukonens and a Kearse at Hillel

The Kaukonens and a Kearse at Hillel

Foto credit… Selfie

That’s how the week started out. Now in the beginning of the week, it was so cold, we laughingly called it, ‘Winter Break.’ But then, fortunately it warmed up.

A young man and his machine

A young man and his machine

Yeah, Zach and I got a couple of great motorcycle rides in and things were looking up. We did some riding, watched some movies and we even rode our bikes to the hospital while the Doctors took a look inside me to make sure everything was as it should be… and the good news is… that it was!

Friday was benefit for the Gathering Place here in Athens, Ohio. Check out the website and see what we’re up to. A bunch of folks played including Laura Nadeau and myself and a band with some folks from the Gathering Place.

Cheap at twice the price.

Cheap at twice the price.

It was such a blessing for me to have both my kids there to not only hear me play but Izze was one of the youth puppeteers. Cool beans!



Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

The 'House' band

The 'House' band

I’ve been involved in some really worthy benefits lately, and this one is right up near the top!

My son went home yesterday to have Easter with his Mom and I took Izze over to my sister-in-law Ginger’s place to have an Easer egg hunt with the cousins.

Excitement on the way to the hunt

Excitement on the way to the hunt

Where are those eggs?

Where are those eggs?

I found one!

I found one!

foto by Ginger Gagne

I know there's more...

I know there's more...

What a great day with family…

Appalachian Easter...

Appalachian Easter...

foto by Ginger Gagne

Yeah… there’s no place like home… there’s no place like home.

The sun goes down over my barn

The sun goes down over my barn



A lovely week at home. How I’m at an airport hotel in Columbus, and tomorrow I leave for Japan… where I’m sure, more will be revealed.

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  1. cyndy consentino
    April 20th, 2014 at 21:59 | #1

    Dear Jorma,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us all. I am glad your holiday with your family was special. You all look so happy!!

    Have a safe trip to Japan. Look forward to your posts and pictures:)

    Be Well,


  2. jeff
    April 20th, 2014 at 22:13 | #2

    No mention of Genesis in the Transcendence soundtrack? I was shocked, but pleasantly surprised that it featured so prominently. Keep up the great work!

  3. Ross Evans
    April 21st, 2014 at 01:37 | #3

    Mazel tov, Jorma. When first I saw you and Jack play – nearly forty years ago – I was far too young to recognize the overarching importance of family in our lives. Back then I was far too focused on having a good seat at The Academy/Palladium here in New York. But now as I watch my two daughters grow, and as I savor the gift of my marriage, I think I more readily recognize what really matters. And as much as I still love seeing a long Tuna set from great seats (now at The Beacon, instead), I understand what it means when people talk about the importance of family.

    Here’s to you and Vanessa and Zach and Israel. And to everyone in your family, including your legion of adoring fans. Here’s to freedom, and to family. Here’s to health and happiness. At this very special time of year, when holidays converge and there’s the opportunity for spiritual richness for all, may peace be with all of us.

    All the best to you, Jorma. Next year in Jerusalem. (With a stop on Broadway later this year, I hope!)


  4. April 21st, 2014 at 06:15 | #4

    ahh Matzoh

  5. Nick L. Eakins
    April 21st, 2014 at 09:48 | #5

    So glad for your good family times and photos. I watched Transcendence last night and was pleased with your being involved.

  6. John B
    April 21st, 2014 at 12:19 | #6

    Happy to hear that everything is as it should be.

  7. carlo pagliano
    April 21st, 2014 at 12:42 | #7

    Wow what a kick. Thank You Jorma!
    Peace be the journey.
    The radiance of the Tuna rocks Japan!

  8. John B
    April 21st, 2014 at 14:31 | #8

    Joe please send me your new cell number. I had it saved but lost it. You have my number.also text your email. @Joe Levine

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    April 21st, 2014 at 18:18 | #9

    On to Japan, where the music fans greet arriving musicians at the airport with roses and cheers of excitement!

    I think it is based on the world-wide reporting (long before the World-Wide-Web), originating with The Beatles’ media coverage.

    “A long time ago, long time ago”: “Picture Book”! (“Jim H.”, you know what I’m talking about.)
    It was the last and most satisfied journey for Ronnie Lane. Those fans really rolled out the red-carpet for him.

    Enjoy it, Jorma-san!

  10. jim hitchcock
    April 21st, 2014 at 19:02 | #10

    A Ray Davies sighting!

  11. johno
    April 21st, 2014 at 20:11 | #11

    Jorma, your children are absolutely beautiful!!

  12. Howard
    April 21st, 2014 at 20:36 | #12

    A zeissen Pesach Jorma to you and your family.

  13. richard
    April 21st, 2014 at 21:24 | #13

    Beautiful pics and insight,but was does ronnie lane have to do with this post?

  14. HOGAN
    April 22nd, 2014 at 07:00 | #14

    Safe Travels Jorma…..


  15. Hamneggs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 11:10 | #15

    and I’m gonna add a Happy Earth Day to all
    Keep writing and sharing cause I sure love reading.
    and as always –
    Love All Ways

  16. Steve Levenson
    April 22nd, 2014 at 11:31 | #16

    @jim hitchcock
    Details? We love Ray. Somehow he makes me feel nostalgic for something I’ve never experienced.

  17. Barbara Jacobs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:07 | #17

    That’s the way it was, upon arrival at the airport in Japan, a long time ago.
    @jim hitchcock

  18. Scott Meyers
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:12 | #18

    Enjoy the time with the family JK as you know it’s priceless.

  19. Barbara Jacobs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:18 | #19

    Well, Richard:
    A long time ago, back in the late 1980’s:
    Ronnie Lane was (literally) on his “last legs”. It was a long and difficult journey for him to travel from Austin Texas to Japan. His arrival there was met with so much excitement from his fans in Japan. Ronnie was so delighted and surprised, so was I.
    It was back in the days , before the World-Wide-Web ,and only a local D.J from a radio station in Tokyo, knew of our travel plans. He announced it during his show and the Ronnie Lane fans came out and gave him a lovely welcome.

    Why does my memory of Ronnie’s pleasure upon arriving in Japan, and the mention of the ardent Japanese music fans there to greet him; annoy you so much?
    a href=”#comment-19299″>@richard

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:25 | #20

    Thanks, Steve.
    It was just a mention of the continuum of how music fans in Japan have such love for musicians; from all Countries of the world.
    Arriving in Japan is a big celebration and those fans love to show their love.@Steve Levenson

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:40 | #21

    When I arrived in Japan with Ray, also years ago, the fans gathered:
    cheering and taking photos. They then serenaded Ray with a rousing group rendition of:
    “Picture Book”.@jim hitchcock

  22. jim hitchcock
    April 22nd, 2014 at 19:46 | #22

    I was referring to Barbara’s post, Steve. Nice line about Davies bringing on nostalgia 🙂

  23. Barbara Jacobs
    April 22nd, 2014 at 20:35 | #23

    Yes, You were happy to read my comment and post yours, in return.

    Steve is also a fan of both Jorma and Ray (maybe even Ronnie Lane) and Steve was in, for it.

    Steve’s comment was indeed, a nice reference to Ray Davies’ songs; bringing on nostalgia.

    I know that Jorma doesn’t have any ill-will towards Ronnie Lane nor British musicians. Jorma’s song-writing brings its own form of nostalgia, for his songs
    and musical influences.

    It’s all good, as it should be.

    I don’t know why “richard” doesn’t like me, as I’m not aware of ever meeting him in person, nor having any communication with him ; other than here on Jorma’s blog-comments section.

    @jim hitchcock