March 19, 2007… Vanessa found herself in China where our daughter Izze had been waiting for us since she was born on June 26, 2006. Mother and daughter were united and strange to say… not a tear was shed. They whirled around the room in a first dance and only paused when Lady Robin (Vanessa’s sister) cut in and said, ‘May I hold her now?’ ‘Oh… alright…’ Vanessa grudgingly allowed. When I picked the girls up in Cincinnati, Izze burst into tears. She wasn’t used to male figures… much less those with facial hair. The tears stopped… and smiles continued.

Mom & daughter...

Mom & daughter...

That was then… and…

This is now...

This is now...

The world turns in its own way and more often than not, we have little to do with its progress. Sometimes things come up roses… and we just have to stop for a moment and enjoy the fragrance.

Izze… love you darlin’!

That's our girl!

That's our girl!


  1. Comment made on April 6, 2015 by Andriy

    @johno Dumplings, take your pick

  2. Comment made on March 30, 2015 by johno

    Hey Andiry – What’s the soup of the day – How are things in Brighton Beach

  3. Comment made on March 27, 2015 by Michael Langley

    Just got back from a month’s stay in China and by “Ain’t In No Hurry” CD. It’s incredible and I’m digging each and every track. Of course “Bar Room Crystal Ball” was greatly anticipated and did not disappoint. Vanessa’s backup vocals and Barry Mitterhoff’s mandolin certainly are music to my ears!

    You do have two wonderful girls in your life, Vanessa and Izze. My wife came from China and I have a wonderful step-daughter and grandson who reside there in Beijing. I would give the world for the happiness and love they radiate. Cherish each and every moment with them in your life.

    You are a lucky man, Captian!

  4. Comment made on March 23, 2015 by Tim from Philly

    A happy belated gotcha day!

  5. Comment made on March 22, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    When I visit Telluride, I always stay at the Mars Hotel.

  6. Comment made on March 22, 2015 by andriy

    Thank you. I try to make smiles for me and everybody.@Kevin

  7. Comment made on March 22, 2015 by Kevin

    You make me smile brother 😉

  8. Comment made on March 22, 2015 by Bill C

    Good on You Captain! Wishing you and your family all the best!

  9. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by andriy

    Hello FaceOnMars!
    Jorma, go play concerts to the Telluride fans!

  10. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by FaceOnMars

    VERY cool sunset pic!

    Just wanted to say: I rarely buy studio albums from anyone these days (mostly go to tons of live shows & occasionally purchase concert downloads), so just wanted to say “Ain’t In No Hurry” is well worth it! The arrangements are amazing; the textures of the various instruments & vocals flow very smoothly with excellent harmonies … it’s almost like listening in “3-d”. It “scratches” several parts of your mind at once. There’s also a nice variety of among the tracks – each has its own character – which are sequenced well. I REALLY dig both the title track and “Bar Room Crystal Ball” … the latter of which comes across to me as a powerful anthem like ballad.

    Would love to see you and the rest of the group visit Telluride … I think it’s been at least a couple of years since your stop at the Sheridan Opera House. Hopefully, you’ll consider a stop here sometime if you tour out this way!

  11. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by andriy

    and now maybe if you can have a minute to google :
    “Lisa Colagrossi”. This lady work up to be a news reporter in NYC.
    Now she just died at age 49 working by Brain Aneurysism.
    Barbara is sad her friend is another done gone. This but she know thing can happen any time.

    Lisa work to have her job and be as good as men.

  12. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by andriy

    Yes sir.@jim hitchcock

  13. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    Well, maybe more poetically.

  14. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    This made me think that songwriting may tell us our history better than books, Andriy 🙂

  15. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by andriy

    jim, you have a very nice comment here. I now had a lesson about this and now I know with the music you write about and the concert. Thank you.@jim hitchcock

  16. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Them Home Tonight Jorma!

  17. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by Kevin

    You’re a lucky man Captain.

  18. Comment made on March 21, 2015 by jim hitchcock

    ‘She’s Such A Fabulous Dancer


    A song by a largely forgotten act of the ’70’s, who I was fortunate to see at USCB, along with the Dead and Bonnie Raitt.

    That’s pretty much Izzy 🙂

  19. Comment made on March 20, 2015 by Grace Loprire

    A blessing to have your beautiful girls!! Have always followed you. Jorma, I’ve always wondered about the song Turn My Life Down… what was the inspiration/meaning? Lived in from mid 60’s and still have property in Athens County
    Want to see You and David Lindley hopefully this summer.. live long and prosper

  20. Comment made on March 20, 2015 by Andy K

    You girls are beautiful!
    Just listed on
    “Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane at Lockn’ Festival with an exclusive performance. Joining the duo for this performance (they will also perform as Hot Tuna Acoustic) will be Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, longtime Saturday Night Live guitarist GE Smith, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. There will be future artist announcements to round out the band.”

    So there will be both an acoustic and electric show? If so, which day will the electric performance be?

  21. Comment made on March 20, 2015 by warren sehter

    a gift indeed

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