Beatrice at her house in Tahoe 1979

Beatrice at her house in Tahoe 1979

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen Sr. (Dad)

I’ve lost all track of time in this pandemic season. I’m tuned into Saturday nights for the obvious reasons but other than that, the days just seem to run together. Mother’s Day this morning and it suddenly occurred to me that I had missed my Mom’s Jahrzeit which was on May 8th. May 8, 1998 my brother Peter and I drove down into Mill Valley, Calfornia to get her some flowers and when we came back to the house she was gone. The hospice folks told me she would probably wait until we were gone before she took her final journey and that’s how it was. In the Foto above she is ten years younger than I am now, and so it goes.

From the Kol Haneshama

In Many Houses

In many houses
all at once
I see my mother and father
and they are young as they walk in

Why should my
tears come,
to see them laughing

That they cannot
see me
is of no matter:

I was once
their dream:
they are mine.

I still miss you and dad, but that’s as it should be.

And also as it should be, all the living moms get a shout out. Izze and I couldn’t do it without Vanessa, and that’s a fact.

Back in the ‘present,’ we just have so much fun with our Quarantine Concerts that it is definitely the highlight of our week. For the first time we had some technical glitches this weekend. I know that poop happens… that’s life but we won’t be partnering with anyone again. Not that I have control issues, but we just do better on our own. At east we know who to blame. Anyway, Andy, our video director, is putting the who up from our recorded files so it will live again… perfectly.

Jorma Kaukonen 6, 2020
#6 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday May 9, 2020

1. Dime For Beer
2. In My Dreams
3. River Of Time
4. Living Just For You
5. Uncle Sam Blues
6. Song For The High Mountain
7. I Am A Traveling Man featuring Myron Hart
8. Kansas City Southern featuring John Hurlbut
9. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door featuring John Hurlbut
10. Trial By Fire
11. That’ll Never Happen No More
12. This Land Is Your Land, Hurl leads a world wide singalong.

Nessa is working on the global singalong… this should be fun.

Monday is coming, things are starting to open and well, we’ll just see what happens.

Good times now, but better on down the road…

Stay safe!


  1. Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Rich Lindbloom

    My sister said In my Dreams was her favorite Jorma song. When he followed up with River of Time, she said this is my favorite Jorma song too.

  2. Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Ed

    (Technically Sony Legacy for anyone trying to find it – some of us old guys still think of it as Columbia)

  3. Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Ed

    Thanks, Jorma. I was listening to the Columbia release – good sound quality, and I thought you guys came out and just were on fire. And it was a real kick to have the Airplane blow my mind again all these decades later – had no idea that 20-minute “Wooden Ships” was coming!
    Sole complaint – burned-out announcer at end never mentioned you in band intros.
    I highly recommend it to anyone out there who hasn’t heard it recently or at all.

  4. Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Ed

    Morning, Jorma. I listened to the Airplane at Woodstock last night. To my ears, a truly great performance. Curious: What’s your assessment?

    • Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Jorma

      Hey Ed… back then we were playing three to four shows a week… then band was peaking in performance. The delightful chaos that surrounded Woodstock then… and today in memory, may have interrupted the flow of ‘predictable’ professionalism, but all things considered, we acquitted ourselves well. Since the proof of that performance has been committed to archival footage, I guess it’s up to you guys to make the call. Me, I’m OK with it.

  5. Comment made on May 12, 2020 by Judge Jim

    Happy Mothers’ Day to Vanessa – I loved Dime for Beer and everything especially the River of Time and In my dreams – thanks Jorma for keepin’ us all going in our music universe where joy remains free – Jim

  6. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by rich l

    I read a quote recently that is one of those that just stick with you

    “When a dad helps a son, both laugh. When a son helps a dad, both cry.”

  7. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    So, I was settin’ there pickin’ a bit, waiting for the show to start, picked a bit more, checked the blog after about ten minutes, waited a little more, all the while thinking, well, as long as it’s not attributable to any harm becoming Jorma or his, hell, I hadn’t paid for no ticket. I’ll just sit and pick until the appointed end time and it’ll either be or not. Along about that time, Bam! There he was. The show, as always, was grand. Screw a glitch. That’s what absolutely live is all about! Takes a glitchin’ and keeps on pickin’! That’s what I’m talking about!

  8. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Gary Dion

    Out of sync or not, thank you! Heaven’s Door was thrilling!
    Thanks also for In Many Houses, your thoughts, and beautiful picture of your mom. Deeply touching.

  9. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Mitch Spector

    P.S Jorma You have sounded as always amazing ..It would be awesome to hear a version of “Killing Time in the crystal city “Double Dose style lol .Thank you for all you are doing .Your awesome !!

  10. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Mitch Spector

    These shows are a blessing .Thank you for helping us find something that brings us so much joy and comfort at this time .Thank you to all at the beautiful F.P.R .Peace and love

  11. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by johno

    “Song For The High Mountain” was a huge surprise. It’s one of my favorite Jorma songs. Never thought you’d play it. I’m so glad to hear that you’re continuing these Quarantine Concerts. Thanks to the entire crew at FPR for bringing it every week. Really appreciate these shows so much.

  12. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Ken Millroy

    Last show was out of sync but then again at times so am I So its all good. Keep up the shows they have become a highlight of the week for me and the Mrs. Thank You

    • Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Jorma

      Hey Ken

      We partnered with some folks who screwed up the feed. We won’t do that again. That said, our videographer Andy Walla, is replacing the out of sync parts with in sync footage we recorded that night.

      If you want something done right… do it yourself. You’ll always know who to blame.


  13. Comment made on May 11, 2020 by Rick Quinn

    Hurl and Jorma…..outstanding!

  14. Comment made on May 10, 2020 by Richard K

    May 8th is hard for me too..My son Brandon would have been 30 this past May 8th..He passed 6 1/2 years ago from this terrible opiate crisis..Jorma you had sent me a condolence at the time after I wrote about my grief on this blog which I appreciate.. my wife is also Beatrice,another coincidence..May your Beatrice and my Brandon both Rest In Peace and G-d look over them..We light Jahrzeit on Yom Kipper too..

  15. Comment made on May 10, 2020 by Brendan Carroll

    Mrs. K was beautiful.

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