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The Bell Tolls, And The Reaper Reaps

Any day is a good day for a ride!

Any day is a good day for a ride!

It has become so common of late to say, ‘At my age this,’ or ‘At my age that…’ Fact is, there really is no other way to say this and it’s true. Over the last year or so, I have lost many friends, some my age and some younger. At any age when you lose someone who is part of the story of your life, the Bell definitely tolls for us all.

That said, the Reaper is never without work and that’s just the way it is. When we talk about those who have left us, the response is almost always, ‘I’m sorry for our loss,’ and we appreciate that… but the loss is for us to absorb.

When one passes, the end is written to their story, there will never be a new chapter. All they have been is finished, and all they will be will never happen. Done.

Is it sad to see it thus?

It shouldn’t be, because that’s just the way it is. I was having brunch with Vanessa today when I heard that Guy Clark passed yesterday. I was saddened to hear this. Guy was a friend and I was such a huge admirer of his art. I knew that he had been unwell for a number of years and that his wife Susanna had preceded him. At what time does one prepare for that final journey? Hard to say since as a rule, it’s not our call when our ticket gets pulled.

It was an honor to have known Guy!

Today was raining but I had an appointment to take Vanessa’s Dyna into the Harley shop for servicing. ‘Take it tomorrow,’ she said. I thought, ‘If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’d rather go for a ride than spend a couple of hours at the Harley shop.’ Plus, every ride you don’t take is one less than you’re going to get a shot at in this life.

Why wait?

Every doggone minute folks… every doggone minute!

I’ve got a camp at the Fur Peace Ranch this weekend with Tom Feldmann, Chris Smither and Happy Traum, my beloved wife and kids are well and for me… well so far so good! I’m taking a deep breath and soldiering on.

As for Guy… fair wind and following seas brother, fair wind and following seas!

Good times can be simple sometime...

Good times can be simple sometime...

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  1. Katie
    May 17th, 2016 at 15:35 | #1

    Well said. I know. life seems to go so quickly. I think about this too! And none of us know what lies beyond, if it is nothingness or heaven or who knows. So it is a mystery to be alive at all- and then a weird feeling to know each of us will die. Such a weird trip. We have so much consciousness and power but we also are just put here, in this mystery, with only inklings of understandings! May love be with everyone.

  2. Brett
    May 17th, 2016 at 15:41 | #2

    VERY sad news

    I only recently got hooked on Guy Clark….Magnolia Wind was the starter song for me

    Have fun at Da Ranch this weekend Jorma


  3. Ham n Eggs
    May 18th, 2016 at 06:02 | #3

    Still we Ride
    Love All Ways

  4. May 18th, 2016 at 09:56 | #4

    Jorma, well said and so true. Tomorrow is promised to nobody, live today as tomorrow may not arrive!
    Jorma, thanks for you and yours music and prose have made our today’s so nice, and longing for tomorrow !

  5. marcus
    May 18th, 2016 at 11:00 | #5

    So true and deep…as i ponder what you said its just a reminder of my own sadness,loss,journey,everyday a little more slips while i try and hold on and replace the emotions and feelings in a weird way i think sometimes im begginning to slowly come to grips well lol the reality of my own end,as friends,loved ones,and inspirerers pass im somewhere in the line pondering my own fate,everyday i cherish whats left of this life and planet im reminded of the freddy neil song other side of this life,i thank you jorma so very much sincerly for shareing your thoughts and life with us,you have been part of my life musicly as long as i can remember,i really miss paul to man he aswell have shaped and inspired my life and part of who i am and what i belive today and i want to thank you from my honest heart of hearts,in a dark creppid world there is a bright light right here for all of us!

  6. richu
    May 18th, 2016 at 14:54 | #6

    Nice post and a couple of ? marks at least.Glad to hear all are well.Great pics and your lookin healthy.love checkin in. Thanks Richu

  7. Mark D
    May 18th, 2016 at 15:02 | #7

    Hello Jorma,
    I never tire and always look forward to reading your posts no matter the subject. The voice of experience speaks through you. Please, please, please pull it all together for us in a book…I hope.

    Live long and prosper,

  8. Todd
    May 18th, 2016 at 18:25 | #8

    You come from good Russian stock. You will live forever.

  9. greg souza
    May 18th, 2016 at 21:17 | #9

    Thankfully,none of us know when our ticket is gonna be pulled.It might be next week it might be in 20 years from now.Looking forward to tomorrow.

  10. Phillip Zisook
    May 18th, 2016 at 22:33 | #10

    Amen. And so true! Thanks Jorma!

  11. johno
    May 19th, 2016 at 09:34 | #11

    I think Jorma is Russian and Finnish – that is good hearty stock. That’s why he looks so good.

  12. Ben
    May 19th, 2016 at 13:38 | #12

    “every ride you don’t take is one less than you’re going to get a shot at in this life.” My sentiments exactly. I rode to work today; I ride most days. It’s livin’.

  13. Brian Doyle
    May 19th, 2016 at 14:46 | #13

    I realized in bed last night that the Universe is expanding into its counter flux collapse on the opposite side in a reverse dimension that is beyond the ability of our finite minds to comprehend. This means there is no end or beginning and we exist in a God-like perpetual infinity that also has ends and beginnings. In other words, from this dynamic everything is OK. But I don’t want to spoil the plot for everyone else…

  14. May 20th, 2016 at 06:30 | #14

    Whaaaattt? …I think he said “Rock on Jorma !!

  15. johno
    May 21st, 2016 at 09:32 | #15

    I think you’re on to something.

    @Brian Doyle

  16. Brian Doyle
    May 21st, 2016 at 10:42 | #16

    If you think about it it is the only way it could be because the Big Bang universe has to be expanding into something because it can’t be expanding into nothing, so the only alternative is it is expanding into a contracting void that is receiving it. Sort of like an existence of God theory, this dynamic forces that alternate dimension simply because the present one can’t logically contain it. Now that I’ve mastered the Universe I still can’t fathom the mystery of Jorma’s guitar playing…Angels in the architecture, alleluia…

  17. johno
    May 21st, 2016 at 13:09 | #17

    It’s just a God given ability to play the guitar and write songs that is far superior to most human beings. Now that you’ve mastered the universe what do you think about pre-existence and afterlife. I happen to believe in both. We existed as spirits before coming to earth to get a physical body which we will have in the afterlife for all eternity. We will maintain our individual identities. And there will be a big party in the end for all the good spirits that will last forever. Keep your Lamps and don’t stop praying brother.
    @Brian Doyle

  18. Joey Hudoklin
    May 22nd, 2016 at 13:26 | #18

    Good topic for a Sunday morning.

  19. chinaski
    May 22nd, 2016 at 22:17 | #19

    Just got home from a matinee performance today by John Mayall who has a number of years on Jorma and also weathered many such storms of life as have we all. If Mayall’s stage persona, strong vocal, keyboard and guitar playing performance is a portent of things to yet come from Jorma we are all gonna be happy campers for shows from Jorma and the guys for some time to come!

  20. May 23rd, 2016 at 08:35 | #20

    Totally Appropo to have Tom Rush at the Ranch.
    It’s all a CIRCLE GAME.

  21. Michael D Bailey
    May 30th, 2016 at 00:48 | #21

    This is the first I have heard about Guy Clark, always have loved his writing style and his music, he will be missed. I lost my wife in late 2014, so I have thrown myself back into my music, hope to get up your way thanks for being the artist that makes everyone feel like they are important, when you are on stage, it is as if all the people in the audience are with you in your den or on a campsite by the fire,magical. I hope very soon to get to Fur Peace Ranch, it calls to me!