Archive for September, 2012

Gone, But Not Forgotten

September 24th, 2012 33 comments
We will always remember you with love, Diana... always!

We will always remember you with love, Diana... always!

Fair winds and following seas sister… fair winds and following seas…………….

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L’Shanah Tovah

September 19th, 2012 12 comments

Just a quick note… celebrating the obvious.

Vanessa and I hosted our Athens Hillel community at a children’s Rosh Hashanna service at the Fur Peace Ranch followed by a pot luck… It was a beautiful evening… Good friends, good message and good food! Carol, Kevin and I played guitars… Carol led the songs, Rabbi Danielle spoke the words and we all broke bread together. The kids then headed out for the great outdoors and ran around like… well, kids. Truly good times…

Good yuntiff…

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Fair Winds And Following Seas

September 18th, 2012 20 comments
On Such A Day

On Such A Day

I just haven’t had the time to do the writing I have wanted to… until today. I’m sitting around in Athens, Ohio while my Ultra Classic is at Athens Sportcycles for a servicing. How fitting to start with out annual David Weiss 9/11 run which this year coincided with the Pick ‘n’ Putt at the Fur Peace Ranch. I remember that crisp September morning eleven years ago as if it was yesterday.I was in Columbus headed for a doctor’s appointment and Michael Falzarano called me and told me of the first strike. It didn’t register with me… it was so unthinkable. I was parking the car and I told Michael I’d call him right back but when I did, all the phone lines were already out. 9/11 was a game changer… and nothing would ever be the same again. David was a friend of mine… we knew each other when I lived in Woodstock in the late 80’s. We hadn’t kept in touch, bur I felt that someday we would ride together again. Of course this will not happen on this side of the river… but I remember him well, and others I and we all lost that day.

Never forget... never!

Never forget... never!

The weekend came and went and the ride that day was beautiful. The following week, Myron and I headed north to join Barry Mitterhoff for four dates in the Northeast.

I think I'll have  milkshake...

I think I'll have milkshake...

Life on the road is filled with little moments the evoke the past in a thousand ways. Going into an old school diner and being compelled to order a milkshake is one of them

Old school...

Old school...

That’s what I’m talking about.

Early on during this little run, our Consulate in Benghazi was attacked as well as our embassy in Cairo. I come from a Foreign Service family and this really came close to where I live. I remember wherever my Dad was posted… in the Far East… wherever… there were always Marine guards. The Embassy in Manila was like a fortress. How could this have happened? Where were the Marine guards whose presence is always felt in our diplomatic outposts? My heart goes out to those families who lost loved ones in this tragedy. It should not have been allowed to happen… and I am outraged!

Back in the States… our privileged life continued on the road where the most dangerous thing that we experienced was high gas prices on Long Island. All that said, thank goodness small town America is still alive and well.

Good times

Good times

In Phoenixville, there was not only Heidi Sue’s Variety, but the Colonial where the Blob was spawned and where we played.

Yeah... that's me in the mirror

Yeah... that's me in the mirror

With friends and loved ones passing at what seems to be an alarming rate… one cannot help but consider one’s mortality. I’m a reasonably healthy and vigorous guy… but I feel age circling me as I see it circling others. The feelings vanish when i am with my family… when I see my young daughter play the piano and I see the same light in her eyes I feel in mine when I hear or play music. Hanging with my son Zach gives me the same feeling of tempered immortality. That said, when I wipe the sleep out of my eyes in the morning… I feel my Father’s face with my hands.

Sailing To Byzantium by William Butler Yeats

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
–Those dying generations–at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

My Father loved that poem… and I do too. We shall all strive not to be paltry things… either today or in the future. The world is still filled with life evolving… we must try to be part of that world…

This has been quite a ramble for me, but that’s just how I am feeling this morning… I shall take my feelings in hand and carry on for a while.

The sky speaks to me

The sky speaks to me

Fair winds and following seas to all of us!

Northeast Twofer

September 16th, 2012 20 comments

Run, run, run… drive, drive, drive…

Ah… good times on the road… This has been a swell little four gig run. I’ve been meaning to write some more extensive stuff and post some pictures, but that will just have to wait until next week. In the meantime, here are our set lists from Phoenixville and Amagansett:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 11, 2012
The Colonial Theater
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Friday, September 14, 2012

1. True Religion
2. Children of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Living In the Moment
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Red River Blues
8. The Terrible Operation
9. Goodbye To The Blues
10. Barbeque King
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
13. Good Shepherd
14. Come Back Baby
15. I Am The Light Of This World
16. Nine Pound Hammer
17. Encore: Embryonic Journey
… and last night from Stephen Talkhouse

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 12, 2012
With Our Pal G.E.Smith
Stephen Talkhouse
Amagansett, New York
Saturday, September 15, 2012

1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Been So Long… G.E. is on every song after this one!
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. I See The Light
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Barbeque King
10. Good Shepherd
11. Bread Line Blues
12. Come Back Baby
13. 99 Year Blues
14. I Am The Light Of This World
15. I Know You Rider
16. Encore: That’ll Never Happen No More

Hanging with G.E. is always a blast… Thanks for gracing our stage brother George!

On the road home…. Onward!

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A Night At Stage One

September 14th, 2012 5 comments

Last night, Barry and I played Stage One in Fairfield, Connecticut. A sold out show… good times for all. We had a blast, and the audience was more than great! Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 10, 2012
Stage One
Fairfield, Connecticut
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Set One:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I See the Light
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. River Of Time
9. Vicksburg Stomp
10. Barbeque King
11. I Know You Rider
Set Two:
1. True Religion
2. Serpent Of Dreams
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Bread Line Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Red River Blues
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Parchman Farm
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Uncle Sam Blues

Tonight, we are at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Movie buffs will know this theater as the location for the wondrous classic… The Blob… Steve McQueen’s first big movie break.


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The Bearsville Theater

September 13th, 2012 4 comments
WDST and the Bearsville Theater

WDST and the Bearsville Theater

Just a short set list note… we’re driving our own van on this one so there’s not much time for blogging… Always good to visit Woodstock and Bearsville…

Happy Traum came down and joined us on three songs in the first set. Happy is indeed the man… and it was a great pleasure to share the stage with him.

Here’s our Set List from Last night:

Jorma Kaukonen And Barry Mitterhoff 9, 2012
The Bearsville Theater
Bearsville, New York
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

First Set:
1. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
3. More Than My Old Guitar
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Izze’s Lullaby
6. Red River Blues
7. The Terrible Operation
8. Barbeque King
9. Pawn Shop Blues with Happy Traum
10. Dylan song with Happy Traum
11. Midnight Special with Happy Traum

Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Heart Temporary
3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
4. Second Chances
5. Bread Line Blues
6. Come Back Baby
7. Good Shepherd
8. 99 Year Blues
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. Nine Pound Hammer
11. Encore: Genesis

Off to Stage One in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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The Universe Is Filled With Love Today

September 8th, 2012 105 comments

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Jack Casady’s beloved wife Diana at three AM this morning West Coast Time… Saturday the 8th of September, 2012. She was more than wonderful and the angels are blessed by her company today. We are all sending love and light to Jack in this time of his loss… She was the strongest and most loving person I have ever met… and he not far behind.

Your prayers will be much appreciated!

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Legend Valley With Dark Star And Two Birthdays

September 3rd, 2012 9 comments
Sunny at the Fur Peace Ranch but...

Sunny at the Fur Peace Ranch but...

Saturday the 1st of September, we headed up to Columbus… me, my son Zach, Vanessa, daughter Izze, Myron and company and the core of bros and sisters from the Fur Peace Ranch. We were to play at the Dark Star Jubilee in Thornville, Ohio with a host of luminaries not the least of which was our host, The Dark Star Orchestra. By the time we got to Thornville, it had poured and more rain was in the offing. That said, in spite of the heat and humidity… Barry Mitterhoff and I had a blast. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 8, 2012
Legend Valley
Dark Star Orchestra Jubilee
Main Stage
Thornville, Ohio
September, 01, 2012

1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
3. Goodbye To The Blues
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. Bread Line Blues
7. Good Shepherd
8. Barbeque King
9. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
10. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
11. Nine Pound Hammer

After our set, we headed back to Columbus where were had a surprise birthday party for, who will be turning sixty very soon, and my son Zachary, who will be turning fifteen this week. We surprised them and had a great steak dinner.

The birthday boys, Zach and Barry... on the left

The birthday boys, Zach and Barry... on the left

My son starts High School tomorrow… yikes. Good times for all…