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“Tis The Season… For So Many Things…

December 24th, 2016 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
A fiery dawn greets my birthday...

A fiery dawn greets my birthday...

Red sky in the morning… sailors take warning.

Well, Dec. 23, 2016 was indeed a red sky and it did start to rain later, but what a beautiful way to start the day. Seventy six… the eighty side of seventy. Time is indeed slipping away at a faster pace and since there’s nothing we can do about it, it just has to be all right. Left to my own devices, I would have just let it be another day… but my girls made it special for me. I got so many calls, texts and emails wishing me a happy birthday, it really touched me. Thanks to all of you who did that. The girls gave me a drone and no matter what they intimate, it’s not plug and play. I’m updating firmware and I’m going to take my time with this baby. I don’t want to crash it on the first flight.

Later in the day Izze and I braved Krogers in Athens.

Krogers on the 23rd

Krogers on the 23rd

Indeed, only the strong survive. Last night a delicious dinner with family and friends at Salaam and then a quiet evening at home. Today we went to ny sister in law’s joint for our traditional Hannukah/Christmas dinner.

Yeah... I know there's ham... but it's spiral cut!

Yeah... I know there's ham... but it's spiral cut!

Dinner, family, lighting the menorah… people dogs and cats socialize… Peace on earth!

The Ohio River off Main St. in Pomeroy on Christmas Eve

The Ohio River off Main St. in Pomeroy on Christmas Eve

Home for the holidays with family… good for anyone at any age.

May you all be as blessed as I am today.

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  1. Ham n Eggs
    December 24th, 2016 at 21:16 | #1

    Peace om Earth
    Goodwill towards All
    Keep Your lamps trimmed and burnin.
    Oh yes believing.
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  2. Zebra
    December 24th, 2016 at 23:11 | #2

    Happy Birthday Jorma!!

  3. Nick L. Eakins
    December 25th, 2016 at 00:40 | #3

    That’s not ham! That’s MUD MUTTON!

  4. Joey Hudoklin
    December 25th, 2016 at 02:58 | #4

    Much love Jorma

  5. trisha awe-bredekamp
    December 25th, 2016 at 03:20 | #5

    Merry Christmas Jorma to you & yours. Peace

  6. Brett Richardson
    December 25th, 2016 at 06:08 | #6

    Peace and Shalom my friend! And Happy Birthday!

  7. Brett Richardson
    December 25th, 2016 at 06:09 | #7

    Happy Birthday – Peace and Shalom!

  8. Brett
    December 25th, 2016 at 06:10 | #8

    Happy belated Birthday – Peace and Shalom!

  9. December 25th, 2016 at 09:36 | #9

    Thanks for another amazing year of Peace and Music.
    Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year to you and the entire Hot Tuna Family!!

  10. Tim from Philly
    December 25th, 2016 at 09:44 | #10

    Happy birthday old man! Another trip around the sun. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  11. Steven Levenson
    December 25th, 2016 at 11:23 | #11

    I’ve crashed mine a few times. It survived intact, but watch out for winds aloft. Incidentally if you video an audience during a show, please let us know it’s you. I was at a show where a drone flew over the crowd, and it made some of us a little wary (It was P-Funk, so I just pretended it was the Mothership).
    Of course, these days I’m probably better looking from the above, but you won’t see my feet.

  12. tom paciaffi
    December 25th, 2016 at 12:56 | #12

    happy birthday to you and great holidays’ to you and your family.
    its always a pleasure to read your thoughtful and interesting blog. Sorry about the passing of your friend, Walt. Its always tough to lose someone close, close to the holidays. We just have to keep on keeping on.

  13. johno
    December 25th, 2016 at 12:57 | #13

    Wishing a Happy Holiday season to you and your family. Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas to all! What a nice season.

  14. jim hitchcock
    December 25th, 2016 at 14:27 | #14

    The day after winter solsice, Aunt Mary, my second mom,chose to leave the surly bonds. Three Cheers for Mary and her 96 yeara MN s :)

  15. James McKeon
    December 25th, 2016 at 15:00 | #15

    Listening to the Jorma Kaukonen Christmas Album right now. Classic! Thank you for that! Its become tradition in our house to play it on Christmas morning. Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday! To have a birthday so close to the holidays must have been tough growing up as a kid. My mom was a mid December baby and she said it was kinda like a “2 fer” deal. Looking forward to see the band play at the Lobero in SB. Peace

  16. Mark K
    December 25th, 2016 at 15:13 | #16

    Spending another Christmas Day with the clients in our Residential Treatment Program and trying to make it as pleasant for them today as we can. They are probably eating better today than any other time this year. As has become somewhat of a tradition for me I played them the Jorma Christmas album which they seemed to enjoy, in fact as I am working with the older clients now a lot of them even know of Hot Tuna. As usual working with recovery keeps it green for me. Happy New Year and many more!

  17. jim hitchcock
    December 25th, 2016 at 18:41 | #17

    Somewhere in the archives if Cracks is when Vanessa brought Izzie hone to meet you for the first time, and she burst into to tears, never before exposed to the bearded Jeremiah Johnson look if Jorma.

    What a family youv’ve grown, guess Vanessa had something to do with that.

    Anyway, you’ve wrote some good songs,this may be the best of your stories.

  18. Joey Hudoklin
    December 26th, 2016 at 01:04 | #18

    @James McKeon
    Jim, I’ll be see’in ya at the Lobero!
    Really lookin’forward to that!

  19. rich l
    December 27th, 2016 at 12:19 | #19

    Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight…

    I once read that everything important you learn in life, you learn from your Grandma. She taught me that old saying.

    She also would have me chase the end of the rainbow in the field across the street after a summer thunderstorm. “There’s a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end” she convincingly said. As I hopped the creek to go stake my claim, I often wondered if she smiled as she watched me bounding towards the rainbow’s mercurial end.

    (I’m half convinced she believed there was a pot a of gold there!)

    Great sunrise – moments like that are an oasis in life, no? Drink it up!

    May the oil in your lamp never run out…

  20. John B
    December 28th, 2016 at 14:23 | #20

    A man with fiery fingers should be greeted on his Birthday by a fiery dawn .
    Happy Birthday Jorma and
    “May God Bless and Keep You Always.”

  21. johno
    December 28th, 2016 at 16:10 | #21

    I got fiery fingers
    I got fiery hands
    When I get up to Heaven
    Gonna play in a fiery band