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Honor Vererans Day… And A Thought For Tomorrow!

November 12th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments
Hallowed ground indeed...

Hallowed ground indeed...

Yesterday was Veterans Day… My Father and his two brothers Tarmo and Pentti all served in WWII. Of course the world continues to turn and our line of warriors remains unbroken to this day. I did not serve… that was not my path. Would I do things differently today? This is a pointless question.

The Jorma of today honors our veterans… past and present, living and dead. They have done things and gone places that will forever be foreign to me. They have offered and given their lives for our country. To the men and women who have served, do serve and will serve… I thank you.

On another and yet quite current subject… the Presidential Election and our collective futures as a country and as humans:

From A Cherokee Parable

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

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  1. jim hitchcock
    November 13th, 2016 at 19:43 | #1


  2. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2016 at 19:43 | #2

    Carlo doesn’t take sides. He’s an adult.

  3. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2016 at 19:52 | #3

    ok with me, too.
    Always was.
    You still don’t irritate me. @jim hitchcock

  4. Kevin
    November 13th, 2016 at 21:08 | #4

    The last time I saw Leon was 1/19/14 at the Sunshine Music Fest in St. Pete, sharing the bill with a little band called Hot Tuna and of course the hosts and organizers the TTB. Is there anyone who has played with more fellow musicians or appeared on more albums than Mr. Leon Russell? I doubt it. R.I.P.

  5. Steve
    November 13th, 2016 at 21:23 | #5

    Boy this is great!!!!! I’d like 10,000 marbles please!!

  6. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2016 at 21:35 | #6

    No, he was such a great in the realm of musicians and performers.

  7. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2016 at 21:36 | #7

    Can I pay you in beads?@Steve

  8. Barbara Jacobs
    November 13th, 2016 at 22:04 | #8

    There seems to be a possible détente between Jim and I.
    I’d like to extend an invitation to him to share a friendly dinner with Carlo.

    Usually, Carlo’s friends put out a big spread of delicious food, that covers the entire table.
    For the purpose of this momentous occasion, we will have a dinner in a room at a fine restaurant in Milano.
    The food will be served and placed, straight down the middle of the table.

    Carlo can sit at the head of the table, while Jim and I sit on either side.
    What side will be fair? Oh, who knows? Carlo will just alternate between both ends of the table throughout the dinner.

    But the mozzarella di bufala will be placed by my side of the table, so that Jim
    doesn’t feel like he’s “bufaloed”. He doesn’t like bufala and we don’t want to force him to choose, just because it’s placed on his side of the table.

    Then, we can have an intelligent adult discussion about Art, Poetry, Film, Books, and if all goes well: we can talk about television shows.

    We can take him out to show him around Milano:
    What side of the street would be fair? Oh, who knows?
    He can walk on the other side of the street from me.
    As long as we’re going in the same direction, we will arrive at the same destination.

    No bufala!

  9. jim hitchcock
    November 13th, 2016 at 23:00 | #9

    johno, Joey, & Dead Head, too.

  10. Nick L. Eakins
    November 14th, 2016 at 00:11 | #10

    I was blessed to see Leon at one of Willie’s 4th of July picnics just outside of Austin back in 84. To this day, his set is one of the best I’ve ever been around for. Also, his Live at Long Beach double album is one of the most underrated in all Rock history. BTW Jorma, did you used to know a couple of Austin locals from a band called Stack Of Bones? This was around 84 and 85.

  11. jim hitchcock
    November 14th, 2016 at 00:31 | #11

    This just inspired me to Amazon Leon Russell and the Shelter People. I was like 15 when I had the LP. Thanks Nick@Nick L. Eakins

  12. Dead Head
    November 14th, 2016 at 08:05 | #12

    @jim hitchcock
    Still have it and thinking about taking it for a spin. As you suggested a couple of days ago, better off just dismissing IT (don’t know if IT is a he or a she). If you opt on attending the dinner invitation, watch out for the tossed salad! Or any of it for that matter. It contains a double dose of EVERYTHING!

  13. Andy K
    November 14th, 2016 at 09:31 | #13

    Electric Hot Tuna @ The Egg in Albany (one of the best venues on the planet).
    This Sunday 11-20.
    I have 2 tickets (row E) I can’t use. Great Center Orchestra seats.
    My loss should be your gain. Let me know!

  14. Mike Anderson
    November 14th, 2016 at 09:37 | #14

    I guess I’m late to the game here, I drop in here every once in awhile to see what’s happening.
    1st, as a Vietnam Era Veteran, thank you Jorma for your words for veterans on veterans day. Thank you for the sacrifices of your uncles and father in their service. Thought of you while watching a series on the Smithsonian Channel, Daring WWII raids and one is the Norwegian raid on an electrical plant in Norway, great bravery there and sacrifice.
    2nd, Very sad on the passing of Leon Russell, saw him with Hot Tuna and John Hammond at the Warner Theater in Torrington, CT, same venue I just saw John Prine at.

  15. rich l
    November 14th, 2016 at 10:32 | #15

    Well, I don’t exactly know
    What’s going on in the world today
    Don’t know what there is to say
    About the way the people are treating
    Each other, not like brothers

    Leaders take us far away from ecology
    With mythology and astrology
    Has got some words to say
    About the way we live today
    Why can’t we learn to love each other
    It’s time to turn a new face
    To the whole world wide human race

    Stop the money chase
    Lay back, relax
    Get back on the human track
    Stop racing toward oblivion
    Oh, such a sad, sad state we’re in
    And that’s a thing

    Do you recognize the bells of truth
    When you hear them ring
    Won’t you stop and listen
    To the children sing
    Won’t you come on and sing it children

    He’s a stranger in a strange land
    Just a stranger in a strange land

    Stranger in a strange land – one of “them songs,’ for sure

    Always loved the piano riff in Clapton’s “let it rain.”

    “Oh little blue bird, why did you go away…”

  16. Dead Head
    November 14th, 2016 at 11:49 | #16

    @rich l

  17. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:12 | #17

    Tell me why these protesters are still protesting. I guess they haven’t realized the election is over. He won by an electoral landside. Clinton lost PA, OH, WI, FL, NC, and MI – all the swing states. My nephew is NYPD, he hasn’t had a day off since the election. I don’t know what these cretins want – but it ain’t gonna happen. I hope it’s over soon. I didn’t want Obama – did I protest – no. I’m a Republican – always was and always will be.

  18. Doug Mlyn
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:23 | #18

    Because they’re exercising their right as Americans..Just like we protested the vietnam war.

  19. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:32 | #19

    This is not the Vietnam war – no 50,000+ Americans killed. It was an election. Give the guy a chance. He didn’t have to do this – he had a sweet life. He did this for America.
    @Doug Mlyn

  20. Andy K
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:42 | #20

    Peaceful protest is a treasured right in our democracy. Take a moment and think about what Trump may have said or done to inflame the passions of so many Americans.
    And let’s be honest, like many politicians Donald ran to feed his HUGE ego (and perhaps to fuel his business interests).
    If he cared so much about America he could have paid taxes to support VA benefits, etc.

  21. carey georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:43 | #21

    Doesn’t matter. Free speech is free speech. And he has an awful lot of ugly rhetoric to overcome.@johno

  22. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 15:03 | #22

    I respect your arguments. But they both were nasty.

  23. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 15:31 | #23

    I’m talking rhetoric, not mud. Two different things.

  24. rich l
    November 14th, 2016 at 15:32 | #24

    I keep the tidbit about Christmas, at the bottom of this post, in my wallet; I’d like to send it to our new president as a reminder of what’s important in the good Lord’s eyes. I suspect Trump’s bark is worse than his bite – at least I’m hoping it is. He has an opportunity to go down in history as monumental leader or an abject failure. Which door will he choose? Which door will we choose?

    My boss said something before the election that I thought rung true; “This will be a one term president.” The problems we face are immense. Churchill noted:

    Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…


    Christmas is Forever

    When the song of the angels is stilled,
    When the star in the sky is gone,
    When the kings and princes are home,
    When the shepherds are back with their flock,
    The work of Christmas begins:

    To find the lost,
    To heal the broken,
    To feed the hungry,
    To release the prisoner,
    To rebuild nations,
    To bring peace among brothers, sisters,
    To make music in the heart. – Unknown.

    We can’t control what our government does necessarily, but we can control our actions. Next time someone says, “Buddy, can you spare a dime,” give him a dang dollar!

  25. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 15:42 | #25

    Right on, brother!@rich l

  26. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 16:43 | #26

    Well, it seems that they don’t have the ability to sit at the adult table.
    We can seat them at the kiddie table. It’s round and has no “sides”.

    If they can behave throughout dinner, they can accompany us out on a walk around Milano. I’ll bring three of those toddler-leashes for them. Those are a good invention for keeping track of toddlers while on a walk — just so they don’t run out into traffic.

    No bufala!@jim hitchcock

  27. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 16:50 | #27

    Thank you for your service. (you don’t need to be on my side here).
    The programming on the Smithsonian Channel is always educational.@Mike Anderson

  28. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 17:00 | #28

    I don’t know if we have ever disagreed here, before.
    I do agree with you about him feeding his huge ego:
    he punched his elementary teacher in the face and bragged that he didn’t get expelled for assaulting a teacher.
    He attended military academy, knowing that he would never serve in the military.

    That was the point in his young life, where his emotional intelligence came to an end.

    (no “taking sides” forced upon anybody here.)@Andy K

  29. Doug Mlyn
    November 14th, 2016 at 17:53 | #29

    Johno: With all due respect, as we are all Tuna fan brothers and I’m not trying to start an argument.

    I’m trying to keep an open mind about this, as I don’t always vote with party lines, But I think a U.S. President should be someone that can be looked up to, a person with character, a decent person. I just don’t see it..

    sorry brother

  30. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 18:32 | #30

    That’s alright – we don’t need to agree about everything. I can be wrong – but I hope not. Just think we needed a change in Washington.
    @Doug Mlyn

  31. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:00 | #31

    Even though I stated that I’m going to give Trump a chance, I still was treated to the usual, by the other “side” here.
    If I was a “brother”, it may have been different.

    Those protesters are free to protest peacefully. I’m an actual New Yorker.
    My apartment in Manhattan is just a few blocks west of Trump Tower on West 56th St.
    My former apartment was just a few blocks east. Residents of midtown are familiar with protests and street-closings. Every time the President comes to town, every time there is a meeting at the U.N. We let it tie-up traffic and access to our own apartments.

    (Back when Kerry was in the running, his wife was having her hair done at a
    salon located next to my building. I came home to find my entire block closed-off by the NYPD and the FBI was outside the salon, on guard. They tried to prevent me from returning home. My doorman was standing outside my building and we were both trying to convince them to allow me to go past them and return to my building. If she had just been driven in a car to the salon, nobody would be aware that she, or anybody else of importance, was there.)

    I’ve met Mr. Trump. He built a very nice skating-rink in Central Park, completed it under budget and in a timely fashion. That project had been stalled for years.

    I saw him many times, backstage at MSG. He attends the Stones concerts (he was always there with his wife or a date and I wasn’t within grabbing range.)
    I would say: “Hi Donald”, he would smile and say “Hello”. Nobody else paid much attention to him and he liked being recognized.

    Having said that, I still can’t approve of him as President. I will give him a chance, I’m not protesting. At least he never called me any of the childish attempted insults that I’ve taken here. I just LOL! at them and they claim that I’m “lashing out”. LOL!

  32. John B
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:04 | #32

    And Hillary was that person Doug? @Doug Mlyn

  33. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:05 | #33

    Right on, sister!

  34. John B
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:10 | #34

    Calling Trump supporters Deplorables was certainly an act of tolerance? Deplorables one moment and irrelevant and indispensable the next. The first step toward the elimination of a group of people is to de-humanize them.

  35. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:19 | #35

    Hilary’s rhetoric was positive, uplifting, and couched America as great already. She slung her share of mud, but her take on the USA was of a country that is proud, and can be better if we work together. That’s the difference to me.@John B

  36. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:22 | #36

    John B :
    Calling Trump supporters Deplorables was certainly an act of tolerance? Deplorables one moment and irrelevant and indispensable the next. The first step toward the elimination of a group of people is to de-humanize them.

    I agree that the deplorables mark was an error, but that was the only real rhetorical mistake she made, in my humble opinion.

  37. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:24 | #37

    I’m the only “sister” here, so you must be talking to me.
    You and I have both (at different times and in different places) met “flat-Earthers”.

    I was in the country-side outside of a major city in Georgia. My photographer friend was taking photos while I was showing him around; first the historic district, then onto the Federal district, and on into the country-side.
    We drove along and stopped at a small deserted building. My friend was taking photos of it, while I stood back aways from him. I noticed a man watching us. I said “Hello” and he approached. He was friendly and wanted to see the photos.
    He gave us some info about other places to take photos in that area.
    Then, he started talking about the whole “Flat-Earth” thing and invited us to “A supper meeting.”
    I just continued smiling, while we walked back to the car.
    What else can you say and do, when given an invitation like that?
    In the woods, with night approaching.@Carey Georgas

  38. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 19:28 | #38

    Right on brother, exactly right! Clinton was a disaster as Secy of State. She used it and the infamous Clinton Foundation as a personal piggy bank. Just go ask the Haitians, where they were supposed to build a hospital. Never happened.
    @John B

  39. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 20:01 | #39

    Yeah, and I live in the woods with ’em all around me. My county was 88% – 12% for Trump (not that the’re all flat Earthers). It’s just that most of the 88% are his wheelhouse constituency – undereducated white folk. I get along with ’em for the most part, just don’t have much in common with many of ’em. The main reason I’ve stayed here a lifetime is that I have a deep connection with the land. Something about these woods…@Barbara Jacobs

  40. Barbara Jacobs
    November 14th, 2016 at 20:47 | #40

    I understand.

    I watch the cable channel, “Destination America”. They feature programming about supernatural places and things. I like to watch, mostly for the history of various local legends. “Monsters and Mysteries in America” is an interesting show. All kinds of unknown creatures, mostly in the woods at night.
    They also had a program about the old Route 666, which runs through the badlands, from Colorado to Arizona.
    There were so many accidents there and truck drivers were reporting strange things. It got so bad, that it was officially renamed “Route 191”.
    (by some government agency, thinking that would fool folks.)
    Who knows — but no woods at night for me! LOL!@Carey Georgas

  41. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 21:18 | #41

    I am a college graduate and have a masters degree. Thank you.
    @Carey Georgas

  42. Carey Georgas
    November 14th, 2016 at 22:48 | #42

    You aren’t in his wheelhouse. I didn’t mean to infer that all Trump supporters are undereducated.@johno

  43. johno
    November 14th, 2016 at 23:01 | #43

    Ok – thanks.
    @Carey Georgas

  44. Jim Bacon
    November 16th, 2016 at 11:14 | #44

    Wow, Jorma, I loved that story – so true –

  45. Mike Copeland
    December 18th, 2016 at 09:56 | #45

    Thanx Jorma, the morning after the Hamilton show Jack suggested that I check out the Air Force Memorial which is less than a mile from the hotel. It was smaller than I expected but still very reflective and informative. It made me think of my father who served in the Air Force in the mid ’50’s. It also inspired me to head to Arlington. I had time. The next show was at the Keswick which was a pretty short trip for a Tuna tour 🙂 Arlington National Cemetery, “the Garden” as it is known by the Old Guard, 3rd US Infantry Regiment, is a somber, compelling place. I must have walked three hilly miles there. The JFK section is impressive. But, the vistas of the thousands of headstone were somehow soothing and inspiring. There, but for the grace of God go I. Each headstone tells a story ending with the conflict in which the warrior who lies below gave their last full measure of devotion. Their sacrifice ensured a world in which we would all be free to travel to Hot Tuna shows. A world in which peaceful dissent is encouraged. A country in which God-given human rights are enumerated and protected by those who lie in The Garden. I then went to the Tomb of the Unknown. The changing of the guard was due in about twenty minutes. I watched the sentry pace off his twenty one steps and return after switching his M-14 to the opposite shoulder. They stand their watch 24/7 in every weather. They are the very manifestation of the sacrifice of all veterans who lie in Arlington, National Cemeteries and cemeteries worldwide. Their commitment is complete. After the changing of the guard I gave them a mental salute and walked back to the truck. As I navigated my way out of DC and on the road to the Keswick I reflected on the seven times, so far, that I have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and I gave thanks that I live in a country worth dying for.

  46. December 18th, 2016 at 10:26 | #46

    Amen Brother Mike

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