Yeah, so David LaFlamme passed a week ago.

David and Linda were old friends from earlier times in San Francisco. They and their band were taken advantage by the same unscrupulous manager that gave Jefferson Airplane grief for a number of years. I shall not mention his name here because I don’t want to give him any more face time but such was music life in San Francisco in the early days. In any case, David and Linda were friends. They brought It’s A Beautiful Day to the Fur Peace Station some years ago, and  brought a lot of joy to the folks in our little neck of the woods.

Time moves on for all of us. I heard David wasn’t faring well a year or so ago and I gave Linda a call and we talked for a bit. Time continued to move and then he was gone. Growing old combined with illness is not an inexpensive endeavor so I’m going to post their Fund Me Link.

Getting old ain’t for sissies.


And then, after breakfast, more is revealed, as it always is.  Our daughter Izze, is out of the house with an apartment of her own. It’s nice to have some company to alleviate the vacuum that surrounds the newly minted empty nesters. Sometimes life changes at an alarming rate and I am fortunate the I and those close to me right now are doing well. Blessings are counted. It a lovely early morning here in Southeast Ohio. Even though it is only mid August I can already feel the summer thinking about winding down. At some point one my age has to wonder about the summers left in one’s life but this is not a thought to dwell on for too long.

Carpe diem

… and onward!


  1. Comment made on August 29, 2023 by Mike McGuire

    Was really sorry to hear of the passing of David -loved his sound. Regarding an earlier comment about playing in SF, since I am no longer living there (damn I miss the fog!), any plans for a show in the San Diego area? Peace

  2. Comment made on August 20, 2023 by Ronald L. Sullivan

    Jorma, any plans to come to the good old SF area? As warm as it is out in the middle of the country just now, we Norcal folks haven’t seen you and Jack lately! Dude! You ARE missed! Come do a show nearby for us SF friends, pretty please?

    • Comment made on August 21, 2023 by Jorma

      I have been sworn to secrecy because it’s still early in the game but there’s a great probability you will see us at some point. 🙂

  3. Comment made on August 17, 2023 by john o

    If you believe in eternity then you are currently living in eternity right now and so are those who have passed on.
    The spirit and soul are eternal. Your eternal bodies will look exactly the way we looked in our prime.
    Our new eternal bodies will be us, somewhere around 25 years old and perfect.
    Everything will be new.

  4. Comment made on August 16, 2023 by James Bacon

    Hey Jorma my older siblings had that Beautiful Day record with White Bird and I remember how truly beautiful that was – think of you guys often, I played at the Rosendale street fair and Uncle Willy was there the prior day in good form – all good in this neck of the woods as kids gear up to head back to college and other younger kids not far behind for their schools too – all the best

  5. Comment made on August 14, 2023 by Paul Wasserman

    So sorry about David. I loved their music.
    Getting old ain’t for sissies and it ain’t for fun! As our mutual friend has said We’re still standing! Peace Brother

  6. Comment made on August 14, 2023 by Jeff Montwicki

    I adored the first It’s A Beautiful Day album and enjoyed the rest of their catalog as well. They also had a fantastic vocalist named Pattie Santos who was sadly killed in a car accident years ago. She was amazing

  7. Comment made on August 14, 2023 by Thomas McCormack

    Well, sadly, that’s three; Sinead, Robbie and David. God bless them all. Because of them we are better people.
    I was lucky enough to see It’s A Beautiful Day, 1972/73 in Worcester, Mass with Boz Scaggs. I can still hear the opening notes on the violin for White Bird and I still see Linda in that sparkling, shiny, shimmering mini dress and her long brown hair flowing down. Good memories, thats all I have. keep on keeping on!

  8. Comment made on August 14, 2023 by Steve Howard

    We saw them play in Dallas back in the day at Majestic Theater. The curtains opened and they just nailed it. Also, I’d like to relate that I lived in Gallipolis in 1990. Wished I’d. A known Fur Peace Ranch was coming. Thanks for inspiration. Steve, Northeast Tx.

  9. Comment made on August 13, 2023 by Ed

    Was just wondering myself the other day: how many more summers and visits to the ocean are left?
    Then I heard from my sister – she was at the beach with her 1-year-old grandson, who was shrieking with delight as the waves lapped the shore, and him.
    The river does indeed flow (and the tides).

  10. Comment made on August 12, 2023 by John Schoenbrunn

    Time moves on for all of us. “but for those who love….time is eternity” Thanks for the music David.

  11. Comment made on August 12, 2023 by alexander pepiak

    It’s a beautiful day was on of my favorite bands.. white bird always would brighten my day, David’s violin playing masterful

  12. Comment made on August 12, 2023 by Joey Hudoklin

    Your comment about the unscrupulous fellow brought to mind something you said during one of my visits to FPR.
    Being a professional musician is like getting kicked in the nuts on a daily basis. That’s as close as I can remember.
    I’m now retired from working stupid jobs, never thinking I’d be eligible for SS, I’m now on it. I am pursuing playing music as more than a hobbie. I got lucky and a local fellow is having me in his establishment regularly. Before that occurred, your statement seemed more than pertinent. Anyway, it’s one day at a time, just like my recovery. Life keeps getting better as long as i do the right things. Again Jorma, your influence in my life is unending.
    And of course, my condolences for the passing of your friend David LaFlamme. May he rest in peace. ♡

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