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Dirty Dancing vs. Playing The Guitar

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Well, we are indeed in the throes of Spring… I mowed yesterday. It’s still early enough in the year so that mowing is still fun, but that’s a story for another time. We’re getting ready to go back up to the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York July 11, 2011 through the July 15, 2011 and just thinking about that beautiful spot up in the Catskills reminded me of when I was a kid and my family used to go on ‘family vacations’ (remember ‘family vacations) in Upstate New York. We didn’t do the Catskill thing, but Lake George was a family favorite. I would like to think that having my guitar and a canoe with me made me potentially popular with the ladies but this might just be euphoric recall.

The Adirondacks are not the Catskills, but both are stunningly beautiful. I lived for a while in Mt. Tremper back in the 80’s. I used to ride my motorcycle through these beautiful mountains and simply revel in their beauty. The scenery is undiminished… now add to that like minded spirits playing music and let’s not forget good food. Yes folks, it’s time to plan ahead… time to think about spending a couple of days with David Bromberg and myself at one of our famous Fur Peace Ranch On The Road sessions. Shameless self promotion? You bet, but if I don’t tell you about it, who will?

That’s about it for now. Gotta go to town… Hope to see you in Big Indian!

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  1. Pat Harper
    May 11th, 2011 at 16:27 | #1

    Guitar, canoe…euphoric memory…or are you channeling Groucho Marx? (grin)

  2. john o
    May 11th, 2011 at 16:43 | #2

    I love the Catskills as well. Been going up there since I was kid. There’s something real special about them – lore says they were once the highest mountains in the world – then the glaciers came through and knocked then down to their present size leaving behind a layer of soil. That’s why they have trees all the way up on the peaks. And the end of the glacier formed Long Island. Ever notice the way Long Island resembles a fish – BIG F______ HOT TUNA – munching on all the goodies in Manhattan. I have a swiss chalet in the Catskills and when I need to escape Long Island. I like to go up there and drop a line in the creek outside my backdoor, light up a nice cigar and try to catch dinner – a nice rainbow trout. You’re going to Big Indian. Did you hear the story about him? Ask someone about him when you get up there. And there’s good fishing in the Esopus.

  3. Will
    May 11th, 2011 at 17:42 | #3

    Nothing much to do with the blog post, I’m afraid (though I did mow the grass for the first time this year today, too), but just a need to say how DELIGHTED I was to check in and spot that the bleak days of late November and early December just got a whole lot brighter. THREE gigs in Finland (to one in Sweden, hey, that ought to go down VERY well hereabouts!), and as far as I could see the rest of Europe is going to draw an autumn blank. Looking forward to it already: see if you can persuade David and Jack to tag along, but you’d better warn them – and steel yourself, too – that November in Finland isn’t quite “Midnight Sun” material. We’ll try to warm you with the welcome.


  4. Bake
    May 11th, 2011 at 20:51 | #4

    I just drove my bike down to Oneonta to see the Gang at the Theater and even though i got a late start , it was amazing. Just the shape of these round mountains against the night sky with stars in the above more than made up for what was a chilly night. Good stuff, I went to college in Delhi and first fell in love with these round mountains . Great for hikes/skiing or just for “lookin”, especially in the Fall.Lake George was always a hoot also. Never played guitar then,but always had a canoe of somekind, and I do know the ladies always seemed to like a ride on the water just before sunset. Good memories to be sure. Thanks for a great show that night, It was good to get out! Bake

  5. Gerard Maggio
    May 12th, 2011 at 08:03 | #5

    wow Jorma, after 40 years I’m still learning stuff about you. My dad also packed us all up to Lake George every summer, week before labor day. This would have been during your mid sixties meteoric rise to rock stardom. Bolton Landing, Mt Knoll Cottages, or Port Jerry, across from Tongue mountain. I can still taste the lake and remember well the games we played, throwing black sand on each other and jumping aropund on the moss covered rocks…ah for those simpler times! Keep bring it Jorma, as long as possible! Who loves you, baby?

  6. May 12th, 2011 at 10:32 | #6

    What a great topic! I remember the Catskills and the Adirondacks as a kid. I spent many summers in summer camp in the Catskills. And also, spent a few summers at Lake George, fishing and swimming. Made out for the first time with a girl that stayed in a bungalow 2 doors down from us. Great memories! I got in trouble in summer camp. The camp that my parents sent us to was kosher, I grew up Jewish but my parents did not keep a kosher house, so after a few days in my first year of camp, I asked the head person at the camp, “When we were going to have bacon for breakfast.” Obviously that didn’t go over well. Another great memory fishing with my dad, we were out in the middle of the lake and I had to pee, so my dad told me to just go over the side of the boat, and I said “What if someone sees me”. He said don’t worry, maybe someone will ask for your phone number!” I was only 7, so I didn’t understand it back then.

    Anyway, great memories for me.. Looking forward to the show at the Fillmore and hopefully I will make Kate Wolf!

  7. Ed W
    May 12th, 2011 at 12:32 | #7

    Nice… I lived in Liberty for a couple of years re programming back to sanity. The mountains are soo beautiful, peaceful. I used to run miles on the roads around Woodstock, really helped me focus within.
    David Bromberg is another one of the greats, soo many shows, memorably Columbia university in the 70s. We are all blessed to have you guys, of course we want to know!
    Looking forward to NY shows, enjoy the mountains.

  8. Brett
    May 12th, 2011 at 12:46 | #8

    “It’s not on the one, it’s not the mambo. It’s a feeling; a heartbeat”

  9. Richard
    May 12th, 2011 at 18:46 | #9

    Took rt.9 back from warrensburg and lake george today and thought of you.Dogwoods and crab apple in bloom around.Spring will not be denied.Bet Izzie would like lake george… Also americade in june……. I usually work this event but this year will fish instaed…

  10. Joe from DC
  11. Kathy
    May 13th, 2011 at 20:00 | #11

    What may I ask does dirty dancing have to do with playing guitar, and what do you consider dirty? You are pure and music in its purest form is a gift, its good that you can communicate in words and through music, and that all forms of communication and self -expression be seen as just that, no judgement of clean dirty, good bad, I love acoustic music and will NEVER forget playing for the first time never forget the longing to play with other musicians down to every cell in my body. Love to dance to, sing. Nature, is great, your blog is great, it’s all good, ooooh this old world keeps spinning round… their comes a time…..sometimes i think the “women are smarter”, hormones now. thats a story in a story of stories, in the circle that is unbroken.

  12. Joe from DC
    May 13th, 2011 at 20:15 | #12

    JORMA – any news on when the Saturday 12/4/2010 beacon NYC show will be released???

  13. john o
    May 14th, 2011 at 11:01 | #13

    Kathy, did you ever see the movie Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze, well it took place in the Catskills is the ’60’s. I think that’s what Jorma was referring to. Nothing more, nothing less. And i lost you after that!

  14. Brett
    May 14th, 2011 at 11:12 | #14

    Radio disc jockey: [on radio] Hi, everybody, this is your Cousin Brucie. Whoa! Our summer romances are in full bloom, and everybody, but everybody’s in love. So cousins, here’s a great song from The Four Seasons.

    Baby: [voiceover] That was the summer of 1963 – when everybody called me Baby, and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn’t wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I’d never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman’s.

  15. john o
    May 14th, 2011 at 11:20 | #15

    p.s. All you women ever think about is sex.

  16. kathy
    May 14th, 2011 at 22:05 | #16

    John, ok, It is obvious i have made some type of, referral to sex, If so, I aplogize. I thought of the movie and figured , this, is Jorma”s blog…. And maybe
    their might be some type of connection to the movie, I also, thought of sock Hops.
    Maybe your correct, in the comment you made, the first one seemed more appropriate,
    as if every letter in the alphabet was inspired by your response… No, It is only
    this world, it keeps spinning round… amd their does come a time when we can speak our mind without fear of being judged, thus, the subject in my opinion, still remains open…. what does the movie, have to do with music, and connotations thereof.

  17. Angela
    May 15th, 2011 at 13:12 | #17

    I love the new cd. Especially the song Smokerise Journey. It’s a beautiful song all around: Lyrically, musically and it’s sung beautifully. I love the contrast in voices. Excellent production too. Thank you for such a wonderful cd.

  18. wade
    May 15th, 2011 at 23:56 | #18

    Just saw Dan Hicks in Ann Arbor..I see he played at the Ranch yesterday…did you join him on stage?

  19. john o
    May 16th, 2011 at 09:18 | #19

    The ps comment was made tongue in cheek. I apologize if it got you sideways. We are getting way off message. And that is Jorma and Hot Tuna. I was able to be front row at the kickoff concert in Oneonta. I didn’t hear any of the new songs until then. And they blew me away. Jorma and Jack and the rest of the gang were amazing! The new album is unbeliveable! The entire album is great, every song better than the last. I love them all. My older brother died of leukemia a year ago this week, so Children of Zion and Things That Might Have Been bring a tear or two. But my favorites are Angel of Darkness and Smokerise Journey but Second Chances is ….. Jorma you did it again. Thank you – we all needed this album at this time, your timing is impeccable. As always you are a true artist – and as such a true avant garde. You were always way ahead of your time. I love it.

  20. Kathy
    May 16th, 2011 at 17:59 | #20

    John, Anyone who knows anythin about me knows as age knows death I can start a fire like a spark and put it out in the same instant. We are in the process of change, I love music, and Jormas blog stirs us all in diiferent ways im sure, It can be a gift and a curse at the same time., When you go to the source and find a new answer everytime, and relics like Jorma are cool, I just sometimes wonder, I was just listening to an older version Of Midnite Moonlite and remember when my friends Zen Dixie did their rendition they always let me get up onstage and sing my guts out. You were tweaking about somthing as we all do, the most cautios make no mistakes, but the they can also miss out on meanigful things, if they dont stumble, sometimes., ok, Peter rowan was cool when I met him, so was Jorma, i met Peter at Cowboys for Indians concert along with stills, a bunch of folks, and it was a good day, I had an all backstage pass and as a volunteer my job was to keep trash off the stage, YOu now, I love being able to walk out their every so often an pick up an empy can or whatever, Basicallly it stayed clean. I met an Indian comedian and saw wavy gravy, It was so awesome, I am not as seasoned I am just 48, but feel 100, I tend to pester Jorma, Im sure and so, if his comment make sense then, sometimes I just wish I would have been a more experienced performer, It hasnt happened for me yet, I did find an elecric the other day with 4 string on it an played it like their was no tommorow, But i realise their is a tomorrow, And JUst the hormone thing had ro do with pms, not like sakin up really,but oh gotta go, ttly.

  21. Pete helfrich
    May 20th, 2011 at 22:01 | #21

    Lucky me my wife mows the lawn. What a woman!

  22. Pete Wilson
    May 20th, 2011 at 22:04 | #22

    Was in lake George last week. They are all ready for the summer crowds.

  23. Pete Wilson
    May 20th, 2011 at 22:05 | #23

    My wife mows the lawn. God I love her.

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