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No Man Is An Island…

I was just getting ready to update my site when I got the news that my old friend Ira Wilkes passed away. It had been a number of years since I had seen Ira. Our lives had taken different directions as lives do. That said thirty years ago he and his family welcomed me into their home in a time when my life was in upheaval. He worked with me on the road for a number of years… and we were friends.

Change had come into my life in a number of ways and for better or worse we found ourselves with less in common. That said, he knew me when I was young and that is something I will always remember. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. As we all age, our circle tends to get smaller and not larger. Any loss affects us all.

Fair winds and following seas brother… may there always be a wind at your back…

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  1. johno
    July 25th, 2017 at 16:46 | #1

    Sure I remember Ira Wilkes – he was a good friend of Harvey Colman. I have not seen Ira in 35 years. People passed through our lives like a blur. Back in the day in New York the backstage scene there was the Brooklyn crowd Ira and Harvey etc. And the Queens crowd me, Ronnie Atunitti, Richie Mandracchio, Mitch, Jimmy Patrick etc. Those were wild times. They were the hey days of Hot Tuna. The psychedelic 70’s.

  2. July 25th, 2017 at 19:00 | #2

    We’re all in the homestretch ,closer to the finish line than the starting gate.We have a new puppy,which requires that I get up at 5:15 to take him out.
    The sky is always great that time of the morning ( unless it’s raining),makes you think about scale of everything you do ,including relationships.
    It’s great to be alive,seeing Jack /Jorma& Derek /Susan play 3/5ths of a mile was exhilirating.
    Losses are always hard , I believe they sharpen the memory.
    Keep on Truckin -I’m going for a swim.

  3. phil zisook
    July 25th, 2017 at 21:42 | #3


  4. bruce
    July 26th, 2017 at 04:12 | #4

    sorry you lost your buddy,buddy….

  5. rich l
    July 26th, 2017 at 08:59 | #5

    It’s time’s like this that I like to glance at Isaiah Chapter 40. The first 39 chapters of Isaiah do not paint a pretty picture. It’s also a hard read, because you’re never sure if Isaiah is talking about the past, present or future. And it most certainly paints a very bleak picture of the human condition.

    All I know is, after studying the first 39 chapters over a course of about 20 some weeks, Chapter 40 was a refreshing oasis. It brought a broad smile to my face – LOL – even a “Hallelujah!”

    Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart: he gently leads those that have young.”

  6. Hogan
    July 26th, 2017 at 12:12 | #6

    Dear Jorma,

    I was also saddened yesterday when I heard the news. It stirred up a lot of memories but I also had to smile at the good times. I had met Ira thru a mutual friend of ours and only hung out a couple of times. I was younger than the East NY crew so my friend tried to keep me out of the run ins. I had heard that after I moved to SF things got crazy. I saw CP at a show last year and hadn’t seen him in over thirty years and he was filling me in. I’m glad Ira was there for you during that time when a friend was needed. Maybe him and Harv are some where laughing now at their childhood memories and all the Tuna shows they had been too. My thoughts and prayers are with Ira’s family and he is at peace now.

    Safe Travels

  7. eaglesteve
    July 26th, 2017 at 14:20 | #7

    I too remember Ira. Sorry for your loss Captain. My condolences to you and the Wilkes family.

  8. July 26th, 2017 at 18:49 | #8

    The choice of Isaiah was quite interesting.
    Most biblical references are educational ,as they suggest further ,deeper study ,the outcome of the study is normally somewhat inspirational.It encourages a good life,a prescriptive code of behavior.
    You can’t go wrong.I believe you see,he in the end ,what purportedly happened -he was sawn in half.
    Pretty crude.

  9. Paul
    July 27th, 2017 at 10:10 | #9

    So sorry to hear this Jorma. May he Rest In Peace. The circle does grow smaller as time unwinds.

  10. Art Chikofsky
    July 27th, 2017 at 13:11 | #10

    Baruch Ha-Shem.

  11. Steve Goldston
    July 27th, 2017 at 18:37 | #11

    May his memory be a blessing

  12. Alan Ezersky
    July 27th, 2017 at 21:08 | #12

    What a shocker. Very sad news indeed. Lots of fun times way back when… Peace Ira.

  13. Stan Johnston
    July 28th, 2017 at 14:50 | #13

    My wife and I really enjoyed the show in Rogers. As a 65 year old
    who still enjoys playing music any time I can, it is really great to see you guys still at it.