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February 4th, 2019 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
The Songwriting Gentlemen

The Songwriting Gentlemen

Foto by John Hurlbut

Last week we hosted a songwriting workshop here at the Sundial Beach Resort in Sanibel. I never cease to be humbled by the passion and honesty that all our students in Songwriting Workshops manifest. Every writer in this year’s gaggle of guys (no ladies this session for some reason) really rose to the occasion. It was an exciting week for me! After the wrap up Friday morning John H. and I took the moments to do some walking, swimming and relaxing!

If you're a shell hunter, this is the place to be!

If you're a shell hunter, this is the place to be!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We found ourselves walking three to four miles a day which to many might not be much… but it was a move forward for me!

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Not much surf but look at the sky!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The beach was made for long walks.

The pelican tree

The pelican tree

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

People and wildlife coexist nicely here on Sanibel… there are amazing scenes everywhere!

The sunsets on the West Coast of Florida are well... you see!

The sunsets on the West Coast of Florida are well... you see!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Weather is well… weather. As the air temps rose, the juxtaposition with the cooler water made for a deep fog.

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Still warm... still a potential for sunburn!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

It is Monday today and our students are coming in for a week long master class. I look forward to all my classes, but this one should be really fun!

Onward!

  1. Jim Bacon
    February 4th, 2019 at 13:13 | #1

    Awesome!! – Beautiful shots – Warming up here in NY – over 50 degrees and sunny – Keep on truckin’ – Jim

  2. johno
    February 4th, 2019 at 17:29 | #2

    What a great place to be in February. Usually spend a week or two in the Sanibel area almost every winter. Can’t go this year because my wife needs to have an operation on her foot this week. But I miss the beaches, the shells and the sunsets. I think that the Sanibel area is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Sure miss it this year. Glad to see that you’re enjoying yourself.

  3. carey georgas
    February 5th, 2019 at 00:32 | #3

    Four miles is some pretty good hoofing, especially if you’re walking on sand. From the beauty captured in your photos, I”ll bet time and space kind of separate from each other as you hike. Some of the best medicine I know of for clearing the mind and calming the spirit. Have a good week.

  4. Brian Doyle
    February 5th, 2019 at 18:18 | #4

    Look who I ran in to…I saw a rabbit on the hotel walkway at the door when I went in…I swear…(Who is the big man on website today? lol):

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1053149531535327&set=a.544087025774916&type=3&theater

  5. Brian Doyle
    February 5th, 2019 at 18:18 | #5

    Look who I ran in to…I saw a rabbit on the hotel walkway at the door when I went in…I swear…(Who is the big man on website today? lol):

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1053149531535327&set=a.544087025774916&type=3&theater

  6. Tom Fabry
    February 5th, 2019 at 21:19 | #6

    @carey georgas
    If Brother Hurl made the coffee, its no wonder they had a nice 4 mile stroll.

  7. Sian Steed
    February 5th, 2019 at 23:10 | #7

    Awe-inspiring photos. A moment of pure contentment just looking at them. Thank you from someone unlikely to ever be there…

  8. johno
    February 6th, 2019 at 11:27 | #8

    @Brian Doyle
    Great picture! You both look great!

  9. Walt Hetfield
    February 6th, 2019 at 14:19 | #9

    I’ve taken many worthwhile classes at FPR, but the songwriters workshops were perhaps the most beneficial to me personally. When I think of Sanibel Island I am reminded of Jean Shepherd, my favorite raconteur, who passed away around twenty years. I had a discussion once with Roy Bookbinder about him – he left an impact on both of us. Great place for creative vibe.

  10. carey georgas
    February 6th, 2019 at 16:30 | #10

    Just got my copy of Before We Were Them I ordered from FPR. Ah, the good old days, free form and high flyin’! Sure am enjoying it. I also went to Owsley Stanley Foundation website and bought the Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East done a year before the eponymous Live at The Fillmore was recorded. It’s next in the queue. I also dropped a $50 donation on them, because the restorations are done on a donation only basis. It seemed a worthwhile use of my money, restoring very unique soundtracks of our lives before they degrade into the eternal mist.

  11. AndyK
    February 6th, 2019 at 16:44 | #11

    @carey georgas
    Well done Carey.
    I also immenselycenjoyed the pre- Hot Tuna disc and was giving serious thought to also buying the ABB disc. I noted there were differing reviews of the sound quality. Would be interested in hearing how it compared to that of Before We Were Them.

  12. carey georgas
    February 6th, 2019 at 16:58 | #12

    @AndyK
    I’ll give you my 2 cents worth soon as I listen.

  13. carey georgas
    February 7th, 2019 at 12:42 | #13

    @AndyK
    Buy it! Worth the price just to hear Outskirts of Town. Shades of Stormy Monday in there. Sound is pretty good. Complaining about it would be to me like bitching about an Alan Lomax recording sounding like it was done on an old antique reel to reel recorder. We talkin’ history here!

  14. AndyK
    February 7th, 2019 at 13:53 | #14

    @carey georgas
    Thanks. Did you get the single CD or the 3 CD compilation?

  15. carey georgas
    February 7th, 2019 at 14:05 | #15

    @AndyK
    I went whole hog. Have just listened to the first one so far, but I figure compare/contrast may be fun between the three.

  16. AndyK
    February 7th, 2019 at 14:49 | #16

    @carey georgas
    Cool, I’m going to buy 2 sets (of 3). Might as well make a close friend happy too!

  17. carey georgas
    February 7th, 2019 at 15:05 | #17

    @AndyK
    You’re a good guy, Andy.

  18. johno
    February 8th, 2019 at 18:17 | #18

    Looks like you hit a nice stretch of weather on Sanibel. I wish I was there. They say that pirates used to ply their trade in the backwaters just east of Sanibel.

  19. Brian Doyle
    February 8th, 2019 at 20:07 | #19

    It was the best it can get at this time of the year the last few days…80, blue sky, low humidity…Honored to have met the man…A real gentleman…Speaks to you like and old friend…A ‘real’ person…

  20. Brian Doyle
  21. Phil Zisook
    February 9th, 2019 at 10:19 | #21

    I participate in a collective of sorts on FB, the King Tut Vintage Album and Cassette Museum of Jacksonville, where every day for 4 years, a different album was discussed among folks who visited the site. Its no longer daily; new Exhibits are posted more sporadically now. But all of the album discussions, are there for your enjoyment if you’re inclined. Anyway, today’s Album of the Day is BEFORE WE WERE THEM, so check it out if you’re interested. Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/kingtutvintagealbumandcassettemuseumofjacksonville/posts/1146188842250052?__tn__=K-R

  22. Sweetbac Jr.
    February 9th, 2019 at 13:39 | #22

    Speaking of the Allmans…imagine a boxset of the January 1971 double bill at the fillmore west with electric hot tuna and the allman bros band..the poster for that is amazing indeed.
    What says ya, Jorma….any recollections of that gig?