Sunday, February 06, 2011

And now for something completely different

This aging hippie is feeling much the aging part today. I learn from Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast that Jorma Kaukonen is get me my cane and shawl 70.

Yeah, I know most of you are going "Who?" He was the lead guitar for Jefferson Airplane and if you're still going "Who?" then I can tell you that you missed out.

Jorma and his friend Jack Casady, JA's bass player, returned to their roots in blues in 1969 when they started their own group (while still playing with Airplane) which they called Hot Tuna. I haven't checked to be sure, but I think I still have their eponymous first album - on vinyl, no less.

Jefferson Airplane went the way of many rock bands, shifting, breaking up, evolving (into Jefferson Starship in this case), reuniting, and finally dissolving. But Hot Tuna is still going, still playing, still touring, 40 freaking years later. This is from December:

But I have to say that when I think of Jorma Kaukonen, this is what I think of - and if you haven't heard this before, bear in mind as you listen that this is a solo.

And I have to admit, it's the result of overlearning if anything ever was, that when I hear the last notes of that, in my head I always hear the opening bass line of this:

So happy birthday, Jorma - oh, and to Paul Kantner, too, who I gather is also about to join the septuagenarians.


DaisyDeadhead said...

If you're on Facebook, friend me! Same name. Maybe you have already; I don't keep track too well.

If you do, you can see my first husband (profile contains the only mention of Harvard among my friends!), who had a cat named Jorma.

LarryE said...

I will - um, if I can remember my Facebook password. I joined because someone was bugging me to but I think I've been on maybe a half-dozen times total.

I have been told it's a way to expand one's audience, so I keep thinking I should do more there but I never seem to get around to it.

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