Hanukkah last night!

Beauty by the Shade River

Beauty by the Shade River

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was still in the high 40’s last night as the Kaukonen household celebrated the last night of Hanukkah. As the setting sun heralded the end of the Festival Of Lights we were able to spend a peaceful moment with the Menorah on the back porch overlooking the Shade River.

Zei gesundt… zei gesundt!


  1. Comment made on January 23, 2018 by Leslie

    Spent some days in Jamaica with you Jorma. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve been a fan of both you and Jack for most of my life…40years..and at 56 now, that’s most of my life…, never had I imagined I’d actually hang out up close and personal with you. What I took from the Jamaica experience was what I already knew, which is that you are a stellar musician, and what I didn’t know, you are the nicest guy……you’re a member of the tribe!
    Warmest regards,
    She who uttered the S word

  2. Comment made on December 26, 2017 by John Stasic


  3. Comment made on December 23, 2017 by phil

    Beautiful Menorah, and beautiful thoughts.

  4. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by Don Gehre

    Happy Birthday Jorma and I hope you have many, many more. Your music with Jack and “the boys” is a true American institution. Many, many thanks !

  5. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by Joey Hudoklin

    Have a wonderful,Happy Birthday Jorma!
    You bring so much joy to all of us!
    I’ll be seeing you in Fla this year.
    My first shows in this state.
    I’m gettin’around

  6. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by J Barker

    Happy Birthday Jorma

  7. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by rich l

    “How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you was.” Satchel Paige

    Many more Jorma – it’s incredible that you just keep on keeping on.

    “You stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.” George Bernard Shaw.

    One quick story. Now don’t infer that I’m comparing you to an old dog Jorma, but my Newfie is a little over 9 years old. (He’s pretty close to your age in dog years!) Sometimes when I look at him I’m reminded of that old Charlie Daniels line, “Kinda like my old blue chip hound, I like to lay around in the shade”

    The old boy most certainly is in no hurry lately. But for some reason, over the last month or so, George has been bringing me his rope like toy, challenging me to a game of tug of war. Of course, he waits until I sit down in the morning with a cup of coffee to start the fun.

    It’s so good to see some life in the old boy though, if he brings me a toy, well…, we’re going to play. He growls at me while pulling with his 140# torso – LOL – Ill get close to my end of the rope and growl back.

    The moral of the story is, if you want to stay young, you got to keep growling

  8. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by willy

    M H R O T D (tomorrow) Jorma…and echoing Carey and Ken, and others I’m sure, I truly appreciate the opportunity and privilege you afford us all to stay current with your music and thoughts…it’s been a constant and reliable thread in the musical part of my life. Many, many thanks. Happy Holidays and may 2018 be all that you and everyone here wishes and hopes for.

  9. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by carey georgas

    Season’s Greetings to all, and the happiest of birthdays to Jorma. I enjoy this forum as well, Ken.

  10. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by Ken Millroy

    Happy Birthday Jorma and Happy Holidays to everyone here. I do really enjoy this forum.

  11. Comment made on December 22, 2017 by johno

    Happy Birthday Jorma! Have a great day and many, many more. Sto Lat!

  12. Comment made on December 21, 2017 by Richard

    Happy Holidays Jorma and family..Happy Bday Jorma too..And many more..I know yours is the 23rd..Mine is the 22nd….

  13. Comment made on December 20, 2017 by Manny Falcon

    Love and gratitude for you, Jorma and Vanessa, especially for the light you share. Music is therapy, and musicians are healers; best wishes for our most valuable thing in life=good health!!!

  14. Comment made on December 20, 2017 by uncle jack

    Beautiful, peace & love

  15. Comment made on December 20, 2017 by mark k

    “Music is a universal language, and needs not be translated. With it soul speaks to soul.” ~~ Berthold Auerbach

  16. Comment made on December 20, 2017 by johno

    I hope you had a great Holiday and hoping you have a Happy New Year!
    Keep your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.

  17. Comment made on December 20, 2017 by Ham n Eggs

    Love All Ways

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