The class gents from Glass Harp and I

The class gents from Glass Harp and I

Saturday night night Glass Harp came to town. That would be Phil Keaggy on guitar and vocals, John Sferra on drums and Daniel Pecchio on bass and vocals.

The men at work at the Fur Peace Station

The men at work at the Fur Peace Station

I had heard Phil play before, but I had never heard Glass Harp live. These gentlemen are beyond praise as far as I am concerned. People talk about ‘Power trios,’ and that’s well and good. These guys are incisive artists whose mode of expression happens to be a trio format. What an evening. Before the evening was over, Phil called me up and we started with Green Onions and wound up in some other galaxy. Good times indeed.

Beam me up Scotty

Beam me up Scotty

This is the real deal… real life art unfolding before your very eyes. Gotta do this again!!!!!!!!!! Thanks men!

Last but not least… yesterday was Mother’s Day. My Mom, Beatrice, passed on May 8, 1998 while my brother and I went out to get her some flowers. She waited until we were out of the house before she made her final journey home. I still miss her. The good news is that on this Mother’s Day, we also get to celebrate the Mothers in our lives that are still alive. Obviously Vanessa is a Mom and so Izze and I tried in some small way to honor her. As for all the other mothers in the world, where would we be without you. G_d bless you all.


(fotos by Robert Brandt)


  1. Comment made on May 18, 2013 by John B

    Thanks for sharing hamneggs. I brought Mom out to see the Mets many times over the decades . It was from her guiding hand that i learned to appreciate sports and many other things in life. The night they retired Tom Seavers number at Shea i made sure that we were all there to experience it togeather. @Hamneggs

  2. Comment made on May 17, 2013 by Gary Brier

    Hey Jorma…In regards to Glass Harp…I’ve been listening to them since their “Synergy” album came out in 1971.Phil is amazing! I’ve been searching for his “How the West was Won” for years without luck.If you can get a copy of that,it will blow your mind!!!
    PS…If you do get a copy…PLEASE give me one.And thanks for being alive at the same time as me so I was able grow up with you and your music too.


  3. Comment made on May 15, 2013 by Hamneggs

    Last game I went to at Shea, Sept. 08, I had just found out my mother’s illness would end her life before the next year’s opening day. Went to touch Agee 20 on the top one last time and let the tears flow.
    No matter how bad things get I stick with my team and never boo them, mom taught me that.
    I thought of her yesterday as I held my daughters new born child in my arms.
    Mitakuye Oyaisin (All my Relations)
    Love All Ways

  4. Comment made on May 15, 2013 by Mark Kran

    I am not usually one who comments on blogs, however I do have a comment Re:addiction
    As someone who is both in recovery and has chosen as a vocation to work as a counselor in the addiction field, I posess a certain insight that some may or may not agree with.
    As I read recently, we often get “too late smart”
    The good news is that as long as you are breathing it is never to late to clean up,and make a better life for yourself, However the bad news is the amount of damage, destruction and the total waste of addiction I see everyday. Seeing the heartbreak and misery and pain to children and famalies makes it crystal clear to me.
    This truly is an insidous disease. It plays no favorites, it is non denominational and non discriminatory. It doesn’t care who you are or where you came from.
    However the comminality in it is that it ruins and destroys lives.
    One of my fundamental truths in life is that every minute of every day we make choices and descisions that not only affect our lives, but effect the lives of all others we touch. There is always a consequence to this. Sometimes we coose wisely, and other times poorly, does anyone really think that we make better descisions while under the influence?
    We don’t exist in a vacume, and the consequences of our choices can be life changing and life ending.
    Unfortunatly for too many, the choices we make eventaully become a necessity. Then it stops being fun.
    I used to believe that he choices I made only effected only me, but that was just the addict in me talking.
    I don’t know if I am any smarter today, but today I am smart enough to know that I don’t want to go back
    I do know that had I realized this earlier in life, my paths would have been different. I can’t say they would have been better, but I am certain they would have been different.
    I don’t want sound like I am on a soapbox, because like all of us I am a flawed individual and a work in progress. I just know all the years when I was drinking and drugging all the excuses and justifications I made were wrong headed, self decieving and self destructive.
    Today at least I recognize that I am not stronger than my addictions, however, if I use my recovery tools, stay self aware, and never become complacent, I can at least for now be smarter than my addiction. Today and just for today I am coosing more wisely. That doesn’t mean I am not living withthe consequnces of my past actions and behaviors.
    In this world we cannot control what others may do, but only the things we choose do.The rest of the universe swirls around use.
    Thank You
    Mark K

  5. Comment made on May 15, 2013 by John B

    My mom is 80 and with us still. An avid baseball fan ; Boston Red Sox during the Ted Williams era and starting in 1962 she became and remains to this day a New York Mets fan. Many many times during my semi misspent youth i would come home and there she would be cheering on her team. If there was a dispute between my buddies and i about a particular player or statistic we would always ask mom and more often then not she would set the record straight. Mom passed on to me her love of reading and music . Though she didn’t take it to the level that i did (hundreds and hundreds of shows) mom saw her mucical heros perform live. She shared her record collection with me and never missed a sporting event that i was involved with weather i was slated to play or not. As the years flow by i become more aware of the special gift that has been given to me and sometimes it pains me just a bit to see her slowing down and slipping ever so slightly. The book says we are to honor our mother and father and at different points in my life it meant different things but now it means that i should always make sure she is comfortable and to protect her from the knocks and stresses of life to the best of my ability. To remember to say “thanks mom” not just on mothers day but every day.

  6. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,
    Very sweet! May your lovely mother RIP.
    Glad you enjoyed the weekend after your power outage!
    Good Times!
    p.s- has Vanessa found any more Morels?

  7. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by doug mlyn

    I don’t know where I’d be without my Mom, I don’t know anyone that loves her children and grandchildren as much as she does. I even took her to Mccabes when you and GE played solo and she loved it! She said now I know why you loved Hot Tuna all these years. She could never understand why i Had all those “Hot Fucking Tuna” posters in my room as a kid, but now she does 🙂

  8. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by carlo pagliano

    They definitively do have this super cell up there. They pay us the bill, monthly, full fare. The only thing being that they understand just a certain language, if not no connection, but one can always address himself to the operator, he can translate all right.
    Colorado, Colorado (Manassas, Stephen Stills)
    Rock Them all high Jorma!
    Safe Journey.

  9. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by Mark Fisher

    So wish I could have been there to see this. Jorma, I have had the pleasure of joining these gentlemen on stage as you have now, and it is such a thrill. Your assessment of them and their music is spot-on; one never quite knows where it will end up, but the journey is so much fun!

  10. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by Brett

    Thanks for the great Blog post Jorma.

    Yes, Yes It WAS quite a weekend for me and the family too!

    Me and the missus had a Gig Saturday night….All 5 of our kids were there… with assorted significant others….AND my 2 grandkids

    Sunday morning Mother’s Day brunch with the same cast of characters….SIGH….Still basking in the afterglow

    Take care Jorma


  11. Comment made on May 14, 2013 by HOGAN


    Don’t you just think sometimes if only there was a phone in Heaven?
    Thanks for the blessing.
    Take care.


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