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Moving Right Along!

Our daughter Izze and some friends got together in front of a friend’s house and, standing six to eight feet apart sang her Happy Birthday. That’s what I’m talking about. Now she’s hiking in the woods. Over the weekend I did some hand mowing in the yard.

Took a while to get it started, but it did start!

Took a while to get it started, but it did start!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It’s really early in the season, so yard work is still fun.

The forsythia edging the parking lot in full bloom!

The forsythia edging the parking lot in full bloom!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Moments like this are an opportunity to pass on things one should have passed on a long time ago.

My grandfather's chair...

My grandfather's chair...

Foto by jorma Kaukonen

My grandparent never threw anything out and never got new furniture, no matter how uncomfortable the old pieces might be. When they passed away in the early 70’s these chairs went to mom and dad and pretty much lived in the garage. When mom and dad passed away in the late 90’s they came to live in our garage. They have now gone to live with our friend Maureen and hopefully they’ll find a place in her Air B ‘n B. That’s progress.

Sunday was Vanessa’s birthday and she and Izze and I went to town an went for a socially distanced walk by the cherry blossoms by the river and then, it being such a beautiful day I came home and took a drone tour of the empty Fur Peace Ranch environs.

All we're lacking is people...

All we're lacking is people...

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

The trees will green out soon

The trees will green out soon

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Today our videographer Andy Walla came by as well as my good bud Myron Hart and we set things up in the Fur Peace Station for a live streaming concert that I’m planning to give from the FPR stage this Saturday night. That would be the fourth of April. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on this and to make sure that you have have the correct link. I’m very excited about this. Even though our theater will be empty I’ll be playing from the stage, using the PA etc. etc. I hope you will be there to hear me play and probably blather on.

Myron and I... socially distant but still friends!

Myron and I... socially distant but still friends!

Socially distant selfie by Myron Hart

That’s about if for today.

For us… so far so good…

Hope it’s that way for you too!

PS Here’s the link for Saturday’s show:


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  1. Richard
    March 31st, 2020 at 13:40 | #1

    OK what are the chances..While reading your blog and after random stopping on a Swedish Horse race on TV of all things I hear the name Jorma..Had to rewind the DVR to hear again and it is the first name of one of the Jockeys..Just thought I had to share ..

  2. Richard
    March 31st, 2020 at 13:43 | #2

    I had to listen again and learned he is Finnish too..And one of their best Jockeys..

  3. greg
    March 31st, 2020 at 15:47 | #3

    Thanks Jorma in advance for this show on Saturday. Looking forward!!

  4. johno
    March 31st, 2020 at 16:55 | #4

    Glad you finally got your lawn mower going.
    Every spring I have issues with mine as well.
    But eventually it starts.
    Can’t wait for the show Saturday night from FPR.
    Thanks a lot Jorma!

  5. Kevin Falvey
    March 31st, 2020 at 19:26 | #5

    Great stuff! I just cleared my calendar for Saturday night.

  6. Sweetbac Jr.
    March 31st, 2020 at 20:41 | #6

    You’re not going to make Casady sit in your grandfathers chair on saturday, are you Jorma?

  7. DennisK
    March 31st, 2020 at 20:53 | #7

    Thanks for doing this performance!

    Looking forward to another “front-row” show at the Station. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been working on with your new guitar. Maybe I’ll get to chat with some pals too.

    It is always interesting to see the changes and improvements made to the Ranch from high above. The fire-pit, paths, buildings and grounds all look great.

    Stay well!

  8. George Anthony
    March 31st, 2020 at 22:13 | #8

    Hey Jorma,

    Look forward to your Saturday night concert 4/4, picking and a some blather, all good. I keep playing my guitar, good medicine, keeps a balance, along with some yard work, or a hike. Today, I was playing your arrangement of ‘Follow The Drinking Gourd’. Thanks for all the music.

    Like Ringo says, Peace and Love, from Long Island.

  9. April 1st, 2020 at 00:08 | #9

    looking forward to the show. Will be the highlight of my weekend. Thank you so much.

  10. Richard
    April 1st, 2020 at 06:14 | #10

    OK Jorma you got me..Very funny …Thanks for the laugh I can use it..Jack singing and you on bass that would be something..

  11. Tom NY
    April 1st, 2020 at 06:30 | #11

    Should be quite a thought out set list.
    Thanks for the show.

  12. cgeorgas
    April 1st, 2020 at 09:53 | #12

    I’m (virtually) speechless. Jorma live in my living room on Saturday night. Don’t get no better than that! You are a most thoughtful and sharing man.

  13. Robert H Ivy
    April 1st, 2020 at 11:07 | #13

    I love to see you mowing your lawn, but please consider getting a big hat to keep skin cancer at bay. I worked outdoors on farms for years with nothing more than a baseball hat, and I’m paying the price 40 years later. I would suggest a ten gallon model like the one Hoss wore on Bonanza.

  14. Billy
    April 1st, 2020 at 11:24 | #14

    Looking forward to the live stream Saturday. Thank you for doing this and giving us all something to look forward to. My Tuna’ days ran very deep in the late 70s early 80s. When i was a freshman Your tour landed ar my college ON MY BIRTHDAY !
    I Got up at 6 AM to be the first on line for the 8 PM show -by noon the line circled around the block.Me and my date sat front row -middle seats and you played at my trquest Water Song then Genesis. My date was over the moon ……so afterward well lets just say i got 2 birthday wishes that night! i never got the chance to thank you -So THANKS Jorma.
    Stay healthy & Stay well

  15. Susan
    April 1st, 2020 at 12:50 | #15

    You got me! Needed the laugh. I am looking forward to this Saturday though

  16. Susan
    April 1st, 2020 at 12:52 | #16

    And thank you!!!

  17. cgeorgas
    April 1st, 2020 at 13:59 | #17

    YouTube says “live April 5 at 12:00 a.m. You gonna start at midnight? Not that it makes any difference to me, just don’t wanna tune in and it’s over.

  18. April 1st, 2020 at 15:18 | #18

    Like I said brother… Eight PM Eastern time… Daylight savings… of course. 🙂 BTW April 4, not 5… Saturday.

  19. wolf h
    April 1st, 2020 at 16:46 | #19

    Eight PM Eastern time, that means: 02:00 AM (April 5th) in Germany!! That will be a long night…. Thanks for the possibility to see you live via YouTube !

  20. cgeorgas
    April 1st, 2020 at 18:15 | #20

    Thank you. I went to You Tube on my fire stick, searched your name and found a tube referencing that midnite time. Can’t hardly wait!

  21. Bernie
    April 1st, 2020 at 19:52 | #21

    Yoinks!@ Holy April Fools joke my friend!! You had me dead to rights! I was psyched for the internet jam session….

    Good one!! 🙂

  22. Chappy
    April 1st, 2020 at 19:54 | #22

    How’d you get that lawnmower started…what’s the trick? I’m wrestling with mine again this year and it’s getting more than tiresome and frustrating! I am at the point now where I am ready to invest in a cordless battery powered mower….

  23. cgeorgas
    April 1st, 2020 at 20:49 | #23

    Did you drain your tank last fall?

  24. April 1st, 2020 at 21:51 | #24

    stabilized gas… dirty carb

  25. April 1st, 2020 at 21:53 | #25

    Dropped the float bowl and sprayed a mixture of carb cleaner and ether spray start.

  26. rich l
    April 1st, 2020 at 22:22 | #26

    “…thoughts about a brighter day together in the sun…”

    I told a friend the other day I can’t wait to sit at Sox park, chomping down a polish smothered with grilled onions, and a cold one. Little things we take for granted in life take on a new meaning. What a treat to be able to hear you on Saturday!

    Amidst all the worry and crags and fissures…some good news. A neighbor 4 doors down had there house up for sale for about three months. They moved in about two years ago and although we didn’t get together much, several neighbors I talked to were bummed they were moving. They have a 4 year old son, Noah.

    They took the sign down about two weeks ago and I finally got to ask him what’s up. He told me his wife was pregnant and they had found a bigger house. For now at least, they are staying put – but when his twin daughters make their appearance in 6 weeks, they probably will need a bigger house! How exciting to see two baby girls on our block. i don’t know who said it, “But babies are God’s waying of saying the world should go on.”

    Maybe a request for Embryonic Journey this Saturday??!!

  27. Richard
    April 2nd, 2020 at 06:45 | #27

    I have been using pre mixed gas from the can with NO ETHANOL for my small engines like with a leaf blower and such..Ethanol does havoc on small engines and also on my 1965 Tbird..Wish they sold ethanol gas here in NY at the pump..Maybe in Ohio?
    Ethanol is a waste now that gas prices are down but we can thank the corn lobby in Washington..

  28. April 2nd, 2020 at 06:51 | #28

    I try to only use Top Tier gas and only the highest octane available. What the heck?

  29. Rob
    April 2nd, 2020 at 08:31 | #29

    When i had a carb issue with my lawnmower a couple of years ago, the repair guy said to use 93 octane, name brand gas; to put some stabilizer in it as soon as i get it; and not to use last season’s gas this season because it shouldn’t sit around for too long. He also said that Ethanol screws things up but that seems unavoidable. I also get a smaller amount of gas and buy it more often so it doesn’t get too old. And i change the oil at the beginning of each season. Last year, this approach worked okay. Hopefully it will this year, too.

  30. HOGAN
    April 2nd, 2020 at 08:35 | #30

    Thanks for the info and THANK YOU so much for putting this together, looking forward to some Good music and a break from all this craziness and maybe a little Mann’s Fate..
    (just sayin..)

    Take care and stay healthy


  31. Judge Jim
    April 2nd, 2020 at 12:16 | #31

    Looking forward to 4/4/20 at 8pm!! Lots of even numbers

  32. Richard
    April 2nd, 2020 at 13:06 | #32

    Richard :
    I have been using pre mixed gas from the can with NO ETHANOL for my small engines like with a leaf blower and such..Ethanol does havoc on small engines and also on my 1965 Tbird..Wish they sold ethanol gas here in NY at the pump..Maybe in Ohio?
    Ethanol is a waste now that gas prices are down but we can thank the corn lobby in Washington..

    Meant wish they sold NON Ethanol gas..Maybe I am breathing to many gas fumes..LOL

  33. johno
    April 2nd, 2020 at 15:59 | #33

    Jorma is a typical boys name in Finland.
    And Kaukonen is a Finnish surname.


  34. Kevin
    April 2nd, 2020 at 17:01 | #34

    Looking forward to the blathering and the playing as well. Thank You in advance.

  35. Bob S
    April 2nd, 2020 at 19:02 | #35

    I want to express my sincere appreciation for the upcoming live-stream performance. As we go through this unprecedented global crisis, with every day feeling somewhat like groundhog day, I am truly grateful to have this Saturday night performance to look forward to. Thank you Jorma… very much appreciated!

  36. Richard
    April 3rd, 2020 at 09:22 | #36

    I figured that but it was just a coincidence that I thought was worth sharing..Hope you are doing well..Be safe..
    Also I have been sharing Jormas live show info with all the HT fans I know who dont watch this blog..

  37. cgeorgas
    April 3rd, 2020 at 09:48 | #37

    Life’s circumstance finds my wife and me hunkering down in an apartment in Pearland, Tx, part of the Houston Metroplex. This fish is way out of water and my country home place is not an option at this time. My garden now consists of a tomato plant, two pepper plants and some herbs in pots on a little spot of a porch. The only jungle I see is asphalt. Unintended consequences are a mofo, but adjust we must. Thanks be for my guitar. Good time to be a beginner. Plenty, plenty, plenty time to practice, and boy, I’m still having fun learning. There’s a little Asian market we frequent when we need ingredients you won’t find at a Kroger. Well, turns out they had plenty of other ingredients you won’t find at any Anglo supermarkets or pharmacies – all the hand sanitizer and TP a body could use. Gallons of 100% isopropyl alcohol. All of my favorite Asian restaurants are closed, no take out, either. Just closed. Other ethnic eateries are open. Support an Asian business like you would any other. If we fight irrational fear with common sense, we’ll be rewarded with little discoveries like I made yesterday. Now, for a small handlers fee, I can get all the hand sanitizer you need right down at the corner market. Sheesh, I need a walk in the woods bad!

  38. Art
    April 3rd, 2020 at 19:24 | #38

    Every time I touch your face I get a feeling in my shoes.


    That has been the earworm I have been struggling with the past couple of weeks …