Photo by Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma in Cortland, NY
Thursday, May 6, 2021
So here I am on my first roadtrip for more than a couple of gigs in a year. I’m driving my RV so the whole deal is more than exciting on many levels. It seems that I, like so many others, am starting to get my life back… in a way. My colleagues Myron and Phil are ensconced in the hotel and I am boondocking in the parking lot. Since I’ve got pretty much everything I need here in the rig, I decided to take a walk to pick up the two things I neglected to bring… salt and pepper. We’re at a Hampton Inn here and even though I have yet to even set foot in the lobby, it looks like all Hampton Inns.
I remember living in Upstate New York more than thirty years ago. It wasn’t exactly the Rust Belt, but I could always detect a certain feeling of gentle, or maybe not so gentle decay. The countryside is so beautiful but these older urban areas just seem like they have seen better days… a long time ago. Now, my observations are simply based on where I’m parked right now so I don’t mean to generalize. There was a boarded-up Ramada Inn next door and a mile or so away at the shopping plaza most of the shops were empty.
Now back home at the Market On State St. Shopping Plaza many of the stores are empty too, but it just seems lighter somehow. There is not real point to this entry so far… just morning observations from a traveling voyeur. I have loved the face of America for many years.
It is good to be a part of the visage again!
Now, coming up on the 9th of May, a gig at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, new Hampshire. In addition to two great great shows by yours truly (1 PM and 4 PM) There are also streaming possibilities. The one PM Show: https://tupelomusichall.vidflex.tv/en/c/jorma-kaukonen-sunday-may-9th-1pm-edt.41 and/ or the four PM show: https://tupelomusichall.vidflex.tv/en/c/jorma-kaukonen-sunday-may-9th-4pm-edt.44
OK… old routine setting in. A quick lunch, fresh strings and tonight’s set list.