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Life Is A Disappearing Act


Good things come, good things go
If it lifts you up, it’ll lay you low
People leave and they don’t come back
Life is a disappearing act…

Gretchen Peters, Life Is A Disappearing Act

From Dancing With The Beast

We had another wonderful weekend here at the Fur Peace Ranch With Tom Feldman, David Wolff and myself. All that being said there’s no good time for bad news. Saturday night before the show with Peter Rowan and his Twang And Groove, I found that my friend Steve Story had passed away on Friday. I just texting him a couple of days ago and we were planning on getting together in a week or so. Life is indeed a disappearing act and my friends are starting to disappear at an alarming rate. Indeed, in death all you are, all you might ever be disappears into the ether like dust, and that’s just the way it is. ‘We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.’ I’ll be at your service in Thursday but I’m sure going to miss talking to you Steve. Fair winds and following seas brother… fair winds and following seas!

Because life goes on no matter who dies, back at the Ranch, good things were happening.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

David wears the first person view google while I pilot my Mavic.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Peter and his buddies sure helped to cheer us up Saturday night.

The boys holding forth

The boys holding forth

With Paul Knight on bass, Jamie Oldaker, percussion, Dave Easley, steel guitar, and Don Rigsby mandolin it was truly a night to remember.

Two friends

Two friends

Foto by Wally Himmelman

It was a bittersweet weekend on the on hand, but a joyous one on the other and that is good because life is too short to be anything but joyous!

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  1. Joey
    June 18th, 2018 at 22:55 | #1

    R.I.P. Steve Story

  2. Phil Zisook
    June 18th, 2018 at 23:01 | #2

    Sorry for your loss, Jorma. Wishing you peace and strength during this hard time. The River of Time. That is an absolutely great shot of you and Peter Rowan. This was my 10th year in a row at Merlefest and its been a huge blessing to see Peter play each one of those years. With each year its more apparent how special it is. What a unique singer, writer, and performer, and such a wealth of musical history that he was a vital part of, helped create and continues to forge. And its wonderful that Peter keeps mixing it up with different band configurations at any point in time. I’ve never seen Jack play with Peter in his Dharma Blues configuration, but that would be particularly special. Positive thoughts, Phil

  3. Paul Caldwell
    June 19th, 2018 at 08:04 | #3

    Sorry for yet another loss Jorma. Years ago we saw Leon Russell with New Grass Revival in Iowa City. What a show! Just pre-ordered your book, can’t wait for August! Peace to you and yours, Paul

  4. Tom Fabry
    June 19th, 2018 at 08:41 | #4

    God bless your brother’s soul. Death is not the end.

  5. Mitch Spector
    June 19th, 2018 at 15:58 | #5

    R.I.P Steve Story .Sorry to hear this Jorma .Prayers

  6. mark k
    June 19th, 2018 at 17:52 | #6

    The Clock of Life is Wound But Once

    By Robert H Smith

    The clock of life is wound but once
    And no man has the power
    To tell just when the hands will stop
    At late or early hour.
    To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed
    To lose one’s health is more,
    To lose one’s soul is such a loss
    That no man can restore.
    The present is our own,
    So live love, toil with a will
    Place no faith in “tomorrow,”
    For the clock may then be still

  7. Chappy
    June 19th, 2018 at 23:00 | #7

    Sorry to hear of your friend’s passing. I paid my respects to an old friend on Sunday whose mother had passed on last week at age 90. We had not seen each other in years but the bonds of friendship know no time limits. Sadly I had learned that her sister had passed a few years ago as well….way too young. We were all friends from grade school and later OU. Her sister was a talented artist who did 2 incredible Dylan oil paintings for me. I think Zimmy once said the purpose of art is to inspire. Yes indeed…be it inspiration through paint on canvas or the the joy of music. Peter Rowan and his band were the epitome of art/inspiration on Saturday night at FPR. Wow! The music, stories, and spirit that he and his band put forth is really beyond description. I hadn’t seen him live since the Jamgrass tour in the early 2000s and he hasn’t missed a beat.

  8. eaglesteve
    June 20th, 2018 at 08:34 | #8

    RIP Steve Story. Condolences to family and friends.

  9. Tom Fabry
    June 20th, 2018 at 15:01 | #9

    I wonder where Steve Story did go amen
    I wonder where Steve Story did go amen
    Somewhere singing in glory, AMEN.
    Somewhere singing in glory, AMEN.
    Amen Amen
    May his prayers be intense and more effective now and his loved ones be comforted.
    All will be well
    Amen

  10. John B
    June 22nd, 2018 at 18:30 | #10

    Date of Birth – Date of Death. The line separating the two is our life. We are like a vapor……….

  11. richu
    June 23rd, 2018 at 09:36 | #11

    hello jorma..

  12. johno
    June 25th, 2018 at 09:48 | #12

    Jorma – are you following the World Cup. I think it’s really exciting. Don’t usually watch soccer but the World Cup is different. Mexico and Belgium and several other teams look great. The game this morning, Uruguay vs Russia should be a good game.

  13. mikie
    June 26th, 2018 at 15:02 | #13

    I tell you, of all the shows I’ve seen at The Station, I believe Mr. Rowan’s appearances were some of my very favorite. Oh, there were others: Warren Haynes, Country Joe’s tribute to Woody, a couple of the Bromberg shows, but that first show Peter did in the old studio, howling Land of the Navajo in the alcove next to the ’stage’, now that was memorable. m

  14. John B
    June 27th, 2018 at 14:10 | #14

    Sorry I missed Peter…….@mikie