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Gottcha, 2015!

March 19, 2007… Vanessa found herself in China where our daughter Izze had been waiting for us since she was born on June 26, 2006. Mother and daughter were united and strange to say… not a tear was shed. They whirled around the room in a first dance and only paused when Lady Robin (Vanessa’s sister) cut in and said, ‘May I hold her now?’ ‘Oh… alright…’ Vanessa grudgingly allowed. When I picked the girls up in Cincinnati, Izze burst into tears. She wasn’t used to male figures… much less those with facial hair. The tears stopped… and smiles continued.

Mom & daughter...

Mom & daughter...

That was then… and…

This is now...

This is now...

The world turns in its own way and more often than not, we have little to do with its progress. Sometimes things come up roses… and we just have to stop for a moment and enjoy the fragrance.

Izze… love you darlin’!

That's our girl!

That's our girl!

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  1. warren sehter
    March 20th, 2015 at 10:03 | #1

    a gift indeed

  2. Andy K
    March 20th, 2015 at 12:10 | #2

    You girls are beautiful!
    Just listed on Jambands.com:
    “Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane at Lockn’ Festival with an exclusive performance. Joining the duo for this performance (they will also perform as Hot Tuna Acoustic) will be Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, longtime Saturday Night Live guitarist GE Smith, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. There will be future artist announcements to round out the band.”

    So there will be both an acoustic and electric show? If so, which day will the electric performance be?

  3. Grace Loprire
    March 20th, 2015 at 14:42 | #3

    A blessing to have your beautiful girls!! Have always followed you. Jorma, I’ve always wondered about the song Turn My Life Down… what was the inspiration/meaning? Lived in from mid 60’s and still have property in Athens County
    Want to see You and David Lindley hopefully this summer.. live long and prosper

  4. jim hitchcock
    March 21st, 2015 at 01:09 | #4

    ‘She’s Such A Fabulous Dancer


    A song by a largely forgotten act of the ’70’s, who I was fortunate to see at USCB, along with the Dead and Bonnie Raitt.

    That’s pretty much Izzy 🙂

  5. Kevin
    March 21st, 2015 at 02:45 | #5

    You’re a lucky man Captain.

  6. carlo pagliano
    March 21st, 2015 at 16:01 | #6

    Rock Them Home Tonight Jorma!

  7. andriy
    March 21st, 2015 at 17:31 | #7

    jim, you have a very nice comment here. I now had a lesson about this and now I know with the music you write about and the concert. Thank you.@jim hitchcock

  8. jim hitchcock
    March 21st, 2015 at 19:17 | #8

    This made me think that songwriting may tell us our history better than books, Andriy 🙂

  9. jim hitchcock
    March 21st, 2015 at 19:19 | #9

    Well, maybe more poetically.

  10. andriy
    March 21st, 2015 at 19:27 | #10
  11. andriy
    March 21st, 2015 at 19:38 | #11

    and now maybe if you can have a minute to google :
    “Lisa Colagrossi”. This lady work up to be a news reporter in NYC.
    Now she just died at age 49 working by Brain Aneurysism.
    Barbara is sad her friend is another done gone. This but she know thing can happen any time.

    Lisa work to have her job and be as good as men.

  12. FaceOnMars
    March 21st, 2015 at 20:35 | #12

    VERY cool sunset pic!

    Just wanted to say: I rarely buy studio albums from anyone these days (mostly go to tons of live shows & occasionally purchase concert downloads), so just wanted to say “Ain’t In No Hurry” is well worth it! The arrangements are amazing; the textures of the various instruments & vocals flow very smoothly with excellent harmonies … it’s almost like listening in “3-d”. It “scratches” several parts of your mind at once. There’s also a nice variety of among the tracks – each has its own character – which are sequenced well. I REALLY dig both the title track and “Bar Room Crystal Ball” … the latter of which comes across to me as a powerful anthem like ballad.

    Would love to see you and the rest of the group visit Telluride … I think it’s been at least a couple of years since your stop at the Sheridan Opera House. Hopefully, you’ll consider a stop here sometime if you tour out this way!

  13. andriy
    March 21st, 2015 at 21:08 | #13

    Hello FaceOnMars!
    Jorma, go play concerts to the Telluride fans!

  14. Bill C
    March 22nd, 2015 at 02:35 | #14

    Good on You Captain! Wishing you and your family all the best!

  15. Kevin
    March 22nd, 2015 at 20:28 | #15

    You make me smile brother 😉

  16. andriy
    March 22nd, 2015 at 21:25 | #16

    Thank you. I try to make smiles for me and everybody.@Kevin

  17. jim hitchcock
    March 22nd, 2015 at 21:38 | #17

    When I visit Telluride, I always stay at the Mars Hotel.

  18. Tim from Philly
    March 23rd, 2015 at 23:01 | #18

    A happy belated gotcha day!

  19. Michael Langley
    March 27th, 2015 at 17:57 | #19

    Just got back from a month’s stay in China and by “Ain’t In No Hurry” CD. It’s incredible and I’m digging each and every track. Of course “Bar Room Crystal Ball” was greatly anticipated and did not disappoint. Vanessa’s backup vocals and Barry Mitterhoff’s mandolin certainly are music to my ears!

    You do have two wonderful girls in your life, Vanessa and Izze. My wife came from China and I have a wonderful step-daughter and grandson who reside there in Beijing. I would give the world for the happiness and love they radiate. Cherish each and every moment with them in your life.

    You are a lucky man, Captian!

  20. johno
    March 30th, 2015 at 16:41 | #20

    Hey Andiry – What’s the soup of the day – How are things in Brighton Beach

  21. Andriy
    April 6th, 2015 at 15:13 | #21

    @johno Dumplings, take your pick