Me, Izze and my nephew at Homecoming

Me, Izze and my nephew at Homecoming

Last Saturday was the Homecoming Parade in Athens, Ohio and The Psylodelic Gallery was represented in the persons of Vanessa, Treva, Ally and Hannah… we’ll get to that.

Giant puppets from Honey For The Heart

Giant puppets from Honey For The Heart

We look forward to the wonderful art and community involvement that the folks at Honey For The Heart bring. It is a wonderful involvement for folks of all ages.

Here come the gals from the Psylodelic Gallery

Here come the gals from the Psylodelic Gallery

I got to Court Street nice and early so I could get some nice shots of our ‘family.’

Nessa... my flower child takes to the street

Nessa... my flower child takes to the street

One great float after another came by.

The Sherrif's very own Humvee

The Sherrif's very own Humvee

Yeah… we’ve got everything here.

wicked... very wicked

wicked... very wicked

The supernatural creatures from the Wicked Forest make their appearance.

Saturday night at Hillside Farm

Saturday night at Hillside Farm

After the Parade I drove up to the Columbus Airport to pick up my son Zach who spent the rest of the Columbus Day Weekend with us. Here we are around the portable fire… brothers, sisters, cousins and in laws. Smors and more. Good times!

Good ride... shiny side up

Good ride... shiny side up

It’s been raining here since Monday, but Sunday Zach and I got in a 150 mile ride through the hills, hollers and evolving foliage of beautiful Southeast Ohio. Couldn’t get too much better. Monday, Zach drove the two of us in my Abarth back to the East Coast and all I can say is, ‘What a weekend!’


  1. Comment made on March 15, 2018 by Tom Fabry

    Solitary flying w G-D

  2. Comment made on November 9, 2016 by CameronB

    Hi Jorma. I just wanna chime in to thank you for — well everything. I bought Yellow Fever as soon as I heard “Baby what you want me to do” on the radio in 1975. Bar Room Crystal Ball emerged as my favorite song from that stellar album and remains so to this day.

    The Herbert Spencer quote in the big book was like a bucket of cold water in my face when I first read it. It was instrumental in my accepting the solution in that book, as well as tempering my arrogance.

    So glad you’re still doing what you do (and a special thanks for the JA50 show at Lockn’ last year, what a hoot). Hope to make it out to Fur Peace someday… Meanwhile, my best wishes to you and the family.

    Peace! ✌️

  3. Comment made on April 5, 2015 by Don S

    I need time to digest the quote you put out. It’s a good one!

  4. Comment made on April 5, 2015 by Don S

    Thank You so much Jorma for your answer to my question. We are the lucky one’s! Saw you in Newton NJ and it kind of started a whole resurgence of buying every single CD or LP that you recorded. My story stared in 1971 like you well on the way to a dark decent. I’m here today thru the grace of a loving creator and a lot of help from fine people. I see a glow in you that is contagion, and guess I caught the bug. Will talk again somewhere down the road but for today I wish you well.

  5. Comment made on April 5, 2015 by Don S

    Listened to Hot Tuna’s Album Yellow Fever for many years and I’m a little bit confused? Wasn’t this song written by Jorma at the height of his addiction or was it written because he saw that addiction train heading towards him and wasn’t sure he could survive the impact? Only Jorma could answer that question. This is one of my favorite Hot Tuna tunes and now that the lyrics are being explained it doesnt change anything. Often when I listen to this song it sends chills down my spine and at times I can become very cloaked up. Not to many song can do that. I’ve been to too many funerals to not understand this song.

    • Comment made on April 5, 2015 by Jorma

      Hi Don… Jorma weighing in. This song was written as the train was just getting rolling… I could see it coming, but didn’t know it was possible to disembark. I think I just accepted the impending impact as inevitable… just the way it was. I always loved the song… even as a prescient offering. I still like the Tuna version… why not? It’s a great version! I just wanted all the words to be heard… hence the new version. As a songwriter, I find it interesting that you never know how people are going to hear what you are trying to say. As a professional musician, I guess if people dig your work… that’s good enough. As a street philosopher, it’s nice to be at least moderately understood. OK… since the door to this discussion is open… I throw out one of my favorite quotes that has nothing to do with your thoughtful post.

      “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

      This is in the Big Book… oft attributed to Herbert Spencer but it might actually be William Paley.

      You got me to thinking on this Easter Sunday… for too many of our friends their first step was their last.

      Thanks Don… my very best to you and yours…

  6. Comment made on January 21, 2015 by Cotter Michaels

    I think my brain may have cramped as I wrote that last message. I suppose it can’t be in open G and Bb at the same time. capo must be the answer. I just want to be able to play it and have it sound so cool the way you used to do it. thank you immeasurably!!!

  7. Comment made on January 21, 2015 by Cotter Michaels


    Hi Jorma, this is Cotter. I used to mix for Phil Lesh and Friends and have worked with you numerous times. I just wanted to chime in on these old posts about BarroomCrystalBall. Always been one of my favorite songs and am now so glad to have the actual lyrics. Thank you. As far as playing it, is it an open G tuning? which is why it’s in Bb? just curious. Anyway thanks again and hope to work with you again soon, Cotter

  8. Comment made on January 12, 2015 by Cameron B

    Hi Jorma, Thanks for the lyrics to BRCB, what a great song. I always had some idea what it was about, now it’s crystal clear 🙂 Looking forward to the new version. I bought Yellow Fever in 1975 after hearing Baby What You Want Me To Do on the radio. Still love the whole record, ‘specially with my now clear head. Rock on!

  9. Comment made on December 16, 2014 by Steve Lewent

    My son, 20 years old, was in Chile when my wife and I saw you at the Beacon, NYC last weekend. Even though he had been kayaking and rock climbing in the southern hemisphere, he was palpably disappointed that he missed you, Jack, Marty and that excellent lady (dare I say stand in for Grace?). So at least a discerning few born decades after the dawn of Tuna hear and love you. Anyway, my ears are still ringing a little. Thanks for a great evening! How can you play for 4 hours!??

  10. Comment made on November 13, 2014 by Jeff Krafve

    Well I will really look forward to that Jorma. I can imagine there is a painful memory attached to it for you and of course the real beauty is interpretation can be unique to others and their experiences. That’s why it always resonated so deeply for me. Thanks again and keep on truckin’!

  11. Comment made on October 31, 2014 by Jeff Krafve

    Man, I have to weigh in here. Bar Room Crystal Ball has haunted me for decades. It has to be my number 1 song ever. I have always felt the significance of the meaning even if the lyrics are difficult to discern. I really really really appreciate the clarification and interpretation Jorma. Now if I could only play it myself!
    You’re the best and a shining light in my life. All the best to you and yours – Jeff K.

    • Comment made on November 3, 2014 by Jorma

      Hey… Jeff… Just did a new version of BRCB for my new CD which will be out net year… The emphasis is on the words… you will be able to hear them all. This was an important song for me when I wrote it and decades later it is even more song… thanks!

  12. Comment made on June 24, 2014 by Neil Wynberg

    Thanks for a great shiw in Toms River.

  13. Comment made on October 20, 2013 by cyndy consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Thank you for the wonderful photo’s of your life out at the farm and ranch!

    Much love to you and yours:)


  14. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by Joe in DC

    well thanks Jorma….thats about what I found when I looked it up on google..hah…I appreciate the come back…

  15. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by johno

    he told me the song was about him, guess not. Tampa sounds like a blast – love it down there. St Pete Beach is so nice and slow – i love the west coast. maybe try to get to that one.

  16. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by johno

    I think it was Landers though, it was near the mission district

  17. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by Joe in DC

    Johno – well thanks. I am from Queens originally; left in 73…. was out in SF hanging about in 74. Yuh; Lenders St…. Lenders Well is something really beyond me.

  18. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by johno

    @Joe in DC
    my friend Richie Mandracchio from queens back in 1971 introduced me to HT and he moved to SF in ’75-’76 and moved into an apt on Lenders St in SF. I visited there a couple times. Jorma, is it have anything to do with Lenders St in SF?

  19. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by susan ansanelli

    Barroom crystal ball has been close to my heart since day 1.
    Wish you would explain more of your stuff, I have loved Tuna for so long. Anyway be careful riding those back roads, wouldn’t want to lose you.

  20. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by Joe in DC

    Excellent stuff Jorma.
    Since you gave such a good explanation on Bar Room Crystal Ball I have another question that’s been hanging around for years.
    Maybe you can shed some light on it…or a tuna fan….

    What is a “LENDERS WELL”?
    I have goggled and search and do not know……
    In advance; thanks, as always.

    • Comment made on October 19, 2013 by Jorma

      A lender is one who lends
      A well is a source for water… sometimes at the bottom of a deep hole


  21. Comment made on October 19, 2013 by John B

    How long has it been Jorma since you and Marty were on the stage togeather ? Will Jack be there also ?

    • Comment made on October 19, 2013 by Jorma

      Not that long… he occasionally sits in with us when we’re in Tampa… Jack will be there too.

  22. Comment made on October 18, 2013 by John B

    Great stuff Jorma. Those times togeather with the family are priceless and I am happy for you. Bar Room Crystal Ball is always a favorite and I can recollect hearing it many times at the Academy and elsewhere. Its meaning and for the most part the lyrics somehow escaped me. Thank You for sharing with us Jorma.

  23. Comment made on October 18, 2013 by Joey Hudoklin

    Oh my God Jorma. I knew that song referenced some dark stuff, but the lyrics always eluded me. Reading them brought tears. My sober journey has been wonderful, but lately has taken some life on lifes’ terms twists that are out of my control. Al-anon type stuff with my beloved lady. Heartbreaking. I’m so happy for your successful life transition . Having worked on playing that song, now the lyrics can be included. Much love, and thanks, Joey

  24. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by Charlie

    Jorma…thank you for taking the time to answer. I’m glad you’re still here to play and I’m glad I’m still here to listen.

  25. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by doug mlyn

    Great song and lyrics! Always has been one of many Jorma/Tuna faves, even if it is about a dark subject.

  26. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by johno

    @Steve Levenson
    you gotta be kidding me!!!

  27. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by Charlie

    Athens looks like such a great downtown district. Real Americana!
    Hey, I have a question for all you Tunaheads out there. Can someone please tell me the last two verses of Bar Room Crystal Ball? Also, is it ” the sawdust is feeling fine, my body sure don’t mind”? Any info would be appreciated. Jorma, please feel free to weigh in.


    • Comment made on October 17, 2013 by Jorma

      Hey Charlie… Jorma here, and here we go. This song is about the descent into alcoholism and addiction. A journey taken with the awareness of what was, at the time, inescapable destiny. Alcohol and drugs… takes no prisoners… destroys all in its path. Anyway…

      Bar Room Crystal Ball

      By Jorma Kaukonen

      Early this morning someone hot on the line
      Said me and my friends are downtown, drinking wine
      They’re trying to help me but they ain’t got time
      To see which way I’ve fallen

      This sawdust’s feeling fine
      And my body sure don’t mind
      This solitary flying
      At summers stare again
      I don’t remember when

      This morning feels as if it’s still a part of night
      And the dream I had before the last is out of sight
      But what I feel between us now gives you the right
      To see how far I’ve fallen



      One more line before me gonna see me pass
      Into the realm of pure imagination last
      Before the unsung shower from a lightning blast
      Around the house that’s fallen


      Now I see the form that’s silent on the floor
      And nothing’s gonna be the way it was before
      Cause I still feel the shadow from the pistol’s roar
      Above the head that’s fallen


  28. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by Steve Levenson

    Gee, I remember the days when the last person I wanted to see was the Sheriff…and now I look forward to it..

  29. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by HOGAN

    Livin the dream Jorma…….


  30. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by doug mlyn

    Nice that you got time to spend with your son. I’m sure you cherish every minute. Onward!

  31. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by Paul K.

    Holy Cow, I remember Ginger carrying baby Montana around the FPR. Big kid! Makes you wonder where the years have gone.. Peace brother.

  32. Comment made on October 17, 2013 by eaglesteve

    Looks like a good time was had by all.

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