To our traveling companions on the highway of life

I lost a close, longtime friend last fall, and this week some of us who knew the man best are gathering from around the country for the first time since he left us so suddenly. We’ve told stories, laughed a lot and handled a few moments of sadness. It’s all good, as they say.

The experience brought this cut to mind, recorded by friends of George Harrison a year after his passing. The guitarist looking uncannily like a young George is his son Dhani, who at the time of the video was probably around 24. All things must pass.

– Jay Bookman

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josef

March 8th, 2013
4:15 pm

So, that’s where you are. Good thing to be doing. Nice selection for such a moment.

Matti

March 8th, 2013
4:21 pm

Sweet remembrance, Mr. Bookman.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
4:27 pm

Fabulous selection, Jay.

Everybody who loved the Fab Four was, and to some extent or another, still is, heartbroken at the loss of John and George.

All they did was change the world!

Speaking of which, as most of us know, another superlative English musician died much too young, earlier this week…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7-8sCLWwLk

That Black Guy

March 8th, 2013
4:27 pm

josef, response for ya downstairs.

Jay, may every moment of sadness be replaced with 5 memories of goodtimes.

Jefferson

March 8th, 2013
4:37 pm

He’s headed home. RIP Alvin.

Jefferson

March 8th, 2013
4:38 pm

Jefferson

March 8th, 2013
4:38 pm

Jam Vet, same page.

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:39 pm

getalife

March 8th, 2013
4:39 pm

He looks just like him.

“I am doing the best I can.

Now go away.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnrCyX_lR9A

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:40 pm

Jefferson

You beat me to it………… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of5u4IDzPwk

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:43 pm

Matti

March 8th, 2013
4:43 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:44 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:47 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 8th, 2013
4:49 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:49 pm

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
4:50 pm

Matti, an ex-Marine buddy of mine and I were listening to that song earlier this week on his Pandora station. (Talk about a great job, he fixes telecom equipment while cranking the tunes!)

Great song…

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:52 pm

josef

March 8th, 2013
4:54 pm

josef

March 8th, 2013
4:57 pm

TBG

@ 4:27

What a nice thought…I like that…

…and yes, gotcha downstairs, as the kids say, “I knew that!” :-)

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:57 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8f7Kl36Vxo

Traffic was a great band….. Saw them on their 94 reunion tour.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
4:58 pm

TBS, that 4:40 was very nice. Simple, straight ahead rock and roll, but hey! We’re talking about Alvin Lee!

TBS

March 8th, 2013
4:59 pm

Matti

March 8th, 2013
5:06 pm

Jam,

Here’s a good TYA song, and I think that’s Josef doing the intro!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9p8×8wdWS4

Maximum_Bob

March 8th, 2013
5:14 pm

Take good care of yourself, and cherish the time you have with good friends and beloved family.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:14 pm

Matti baby, that josef is one long winded frog, huh?!

But Lee’s psychedelic outfit was worth the wait! And of course his bass player right out of the Muppets!

josef

March 8th, 2013
5:19 pm

matti

:-)
I was a lot better looking than THAT! :-)

ZamVet

Ribbit…

TBS

March 8th, 2013
5:28 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 8th, 2013
5:30 pm

I had heard Jay was off interviewing for a job at Fox News.

TBS

March 8th, 2013
5:31 pm

independent thinker

March 8th, 2013
5:35 pm

godless- I heard they were firing Hannity and hiring Jay to get some unbiased reporting of current events. Excellent selection.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:36 pm

My Lincoln buddy moved to LA turned me onto this smokin’ number…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_XvEuORPpY

And from that same documentary, post-Nirvana McCartney screams…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBd9330h9kI

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:38 pm

heathen, you’re bad, and dangerously close to turd-bowling.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 8th, 2013
5:39 pm

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:40 pm

Forgot the obligatory smiley at the end of my last!

Wah-Wah…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usGObvP42GM

TBS

March 8th, 2013
5:40 pm

Jam

You ever heard these guys? If not, you will like who is on the bass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot6Cf4iFj-I

TBS

March 8th, 2013
5:42 pm

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:46 pm

heathen, thanks, bud.

That song certainly is; not sure about me!

It certainly has that Okie-Texas thing, doesn’t it?

josef

March 8th, 2013
5:51 pm

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 8th, 2013
5:56 pm

heathen, that RWH stuff was so good I played it twice.

And his next one too.

Check out this write-up for it…

It ain’t too late to fire your agent and get a plane to the UK man . We LOVE American sh_t over here, anything with Gasoline, Kerosene, Truck stops, Mason jars and drinkin n dopin is Cooler ‘n Hell !!

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:05 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:07 pm

getalife

March 8th, 2013
6:11 pm

Pandora is awesome on the iphone with good headphones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjHt2FEyuZk

josef

March 8th, 2013
6:13 pm

getalife

I’m a huge fan of Pandora…whatever mood you’re in…

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:15 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:17 pm

td

March 8th, 2013
6:17 pm

Best song I think I have ever heard for the morning of someone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXrmAKBBTU

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
6:19 pm

TBS. John Paul F’ing Jones!

Finally playing Low Spark. It’s just an amazingly good song. I remember how trend setting it was to have an eleven minute song on an album…

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:19 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:21 pm

getalife

March 8th, 2013
6:23 pm

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
6:24 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:24 pm

getalife

March 8th, 2013
6:28 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:28 pm

getalife

March 8th, 2013
6:30 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:31 pm

get

I don’t listen to as much of the “harder rock” as I used to, but these dudes are bad a$$……..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2F_hGwD26g

Soothsayer

March 8th, 2013
6:34 pm

Boy, td, Vince, Ricky, and is that Patty Loveless? at the Ryman. Good work!

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:34 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:35 pm

td

Not a Vince Gill fan, but that was a good tune

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:37 pm

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
6:37 pm

moonbat betty

March 8th, 2013
6:39 pm

josef

March 8th, 2013
6:39 pm

ZamVet, Matti

Speaking of French…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99phlP_e2Rw

…and if these two got to smokin… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgTn_jMC4Gk

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:40 pm

td

March 8th, 2013
6:40 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:44 pm

td

March 8th, 2013
6:44 pm

Soothsayer

March 8th, 2013
6:34 pm

Boy, td, Vince, Ricky, and is that Patty Loveless? at the Ryman. Good work!

Yes that is Patty. It is a song he wrote to his brother who was troubled and passed away early in life.

moonbat betty

March 8th, 2013
6:46 pm

TBS 6:31.

Absolutely!

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
6:50 pm

TBS, his career after Zeppelin has been incredible, in it’s own right…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeO0QnBDM5Q

josef

March 8th, 2013
6:51 pm

matti

but this is more what I looked like… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGeFf_rIAVQ

and well, SOME things DO change… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV9J4KI36_E

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:52 pm

TBS

March 8th, 2013
6:58 pm

Jam

Saw Plant a few times. The 1st time was at the Omni in the late 80s. He opened a can of whup ass when he started the show with………………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdOEindANdY

josef

March 8th, 2013
6:59 pm

TBS
@ 6:44

I really liked that…a whole new side of him…

josef

March 8th, 2013
7:04 pm

“The only reason to come to America is to come to Clarksdale…”

–Thomas “Plant” Jefferson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9iOT3wpFjQ

TBS

March 8th, 2013
7:05 pm

josef

Plant has been able to keep himself relevant in the music game with his talent and ability to change styles, yet keep that same swagger he had when Zeppelin stormed onto the scene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSMcK_HJXuE

Normal, plain and simple...

March 8th, 2013
7:09 pm

Jay,

Over the past couple of years I too have lost special people in by life. It sucks and I know your pain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtC7i4KMRgo

TBS

March 8th, 2013
7:10 pm

josef

March 8th, 2013
7:14 pm

TBS

Thanks for that Plant/Krauss…good example of what you were saying…

td

March 8th, 2013
7:16 pm

Here is a great version of Amazing grace with the bagpipes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsCp5LG_zNE

Normal, plain and simple...

March 8th, 2013
7:17 pm

Actually I feel pretty good today. I saw my sister’s art exhibit in Smyrna and then we went to a German bakery and pigged out. All this was after I dropped my RV off to be De-winterized and made ready for our first trip. But anyway…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3RYvO2X0Oo

Normal, plain and simple...

March 8th, 2013
7:23 pm

TD,

I’m part Scottish, so I like the pipes, but as far as hymns go, the only one I want played at my funeral is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6IMK8ansIY

just before they flush my ashes down the drain… and then followed by “Anchors Aweigh”. :)

Fred ™

March 8th, 2013
7:25 pm

josef: Have you checked mail lately?

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
7:26 pm

I always loved gospel music.

The sacred along with the pagan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id7_2FBOtt8

TBS

March 8th, 2013
7:28 pm

Fred ™

March 8th, 2013
7:29 pm

Losing a friend? I rarely have them die, they usually just walk away. But good or bad, all I can say is:

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you I have been changed for good……….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzrGFQysfYU

td

March 8th, 2013
7:30 pm

td

March 8th, 2013
7:40 pm

Soothsayer

March 8th, 2013
7:44 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 8th, 2013
7:46 pm

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
7:46 pm

At Eddie’s Attic tonight…(In an email from the way cool UKBob.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akIoX-Nw7wI

Fred ™

March 8th, 2013
7:49 pm

Gospel music Jam/ Really? Do you know Gospel music? Can you HANDLE Gospel music lol?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmw7VdFYjg

From the same flick, you SAW the chick in the last video, did you recognize her? Her friend?

If you can…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eAboY5zfYE

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 8th, 2013
7:52 pm

R C (R–apoi)

Raisin’ a bottle of PBR to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-d5zxLJaKg

td

March 8th, 2013
7:53 pm

Normal, plain and simple...

March 8th, 2013
7:55 pm

td

March 8th, 2013
7:56 pm

Soothsayer

March 8th, 2013
8:02 pm

JamVet

March 8th, 2013
8:03 pm

barking frog

March 8th, 2013
8:07 pm

My exit song…my wife’s dad flew spitfires in England but I
danced with a Cherokee…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvZeuzXGFb0

josef

March 8th, 2013
8:08 pm

FRED

I got it…thanks…