“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Omar Khayyám

I was sitting alone in the restaurant a few moments ago… just grabbing a burger. There is a high wind advisory here in Santa Monica and the wind was whipping the palm trees into a frenzy. I had just finished doing an in depth interview with an eight grade gal back east in Pennsylvania. She was doing a project on Jefferson Airplane and the so called ‘Counter Culture’ and I thought anyone of this current generation that takes interest in our old goings on, deserves some of my time.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything… the experiences I mean, but sitting here today with my life as full as it is, it’s like looking at the story of someone you vaguely know… a voice from another dimension. That’s just how it is.

‘Life is a thin thread… it’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed…
It’s all the things you left unsaid…
Life is a thin thread…

Connie Caldor… Chinatown

Well… life does go on, with or without us.

Last night I played McCabe’s Music Shope here on Pico… two sold out shows… an actual Jorma solo show… and here they are:

Jorma Kaukonen 3, 4, 2016
McCabe’s Music Shop
Santa Monica, California
Saturday, January 30, 2016

First Show:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. River Of Time
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Sea Child
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. That’ll Never Happen No More
11. Candy Man
12. How Long Blues
13. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
14. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Show:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
4. Serpent Of Dreams
5. Come Back Baby
6. Let Us Get Together
7. In My Dreams
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Living In The Moment
10. Good Shepherd
11. The Terrible Operation
12. Keep On Truckin’ Mama
13. Full Go Round
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
16. Whining Boy Blues
17. Bar Room Crystal Ball
18. Water Song
19. Encore: Genesis

Playing McCabe’s is like doing a house concert in your own home. I know so many of the good people that come… and well, it’s just a good, comfortable time.

I’m going to work on my set list for tonight… more later.

Be well my friends, and cherish the day!


  1. Comment made on February 1, 2016 by richu

    Burgers sound great!World keeps spinning and I can’t wait.somewhat windy back east,but yet no snow.ice fishing contests cancelled due to thin ice.Thank you jorma for all your wonderful posts and updates.I so enjoy checking in with you…Richu

  2. Comment made on February 1, 2016 by Tim

    Thanks man!
    You are a good dude.

  3. Comment made on January 31, 2016 by jim hitchcock

    Right on Doug, it’s been 14 years or so since I caught a show there, just after Blue Country Heart @doug mlyn

  4. Comment made on January 31, 2016 by Steve Lenier

    I was at both shows last night, and have seen you many years at McCabe’s and other places. We had a nice conversation at Long Beach Blues Fest years ago 🙂 It was nice to hear you speaking of Paul and Signe and Grace and Jack last night, and of course a few songs took on more significance. A wonderful evening, as always.

  5. Comment made on January 31, 2016 by Mike Z

    Can’t wait to see you at the 7:30 show tonight! I hope you play Good Shepard and Embryonic Journey, but of course anything you play will be great I hve been to your shows at McCabes the last three years and will keep the tradition alive. Thanks for the music Jorma!

  6. Comment made on January 31, 2016 by Mark K

    So much death lately, but somehow when it’s someone who has had a “full go round”, while sad it’s not senseless. I came to work today only to find that a young man, just 16, who I had worked with it the treatment program for nearly 6 months had split the program last week to gone “home” to the Projects in Brooklyn had been shot and killed on Friday in a Drive by Shooting. I don’t know what kind of life he could have had or made for himself as his circumstances were as difficult as you could imagine, but I like to think I had made some difference. Now we’ll never know. As you said “Cherish the Day”, we never can predict everything coming down the road. Sorry for your losses too. I guess it’s true that as we get older we start to lose our Hero’s and those who had made a difference in our lives. At least speaking for me. Thanks for being there and hope to see you down the road

  7. Comment made on January 31, 2016 by doug mlyn

    Was at the show last night, and you’re right there are a lot of good people that come to the Mccabes show. I think I probably have gone to at least 12 or 13 years in a row of Mccabes shows, in various incarnations of Hot Tuna, Jorma and a lot of other great artists. I have actually made friends from people that I wouldn’t have met if I wasn’t at the Mccabes show. So last night I got there a little bit later than I would have liked to… and a friend of mine who I met at McCabes saved me a seat right up front. It was just 3 + hours of goodness for my soul. Thanks for coming out every yera and telling great stories and great music of course. Even if I have heard the same stories before, I still enjoy them as much as the first time I heard them and always puts a smile on my face. Over and out.

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