A Wayward Word's Worth

February 12, 2012

From guitar strings to family ties

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 2:14 pm
Rocker Dad Jorma Kaukonen talks Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and his adopted daughter. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger Kids, Feb. 10 2012
He’s played guitar for Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, and Janis Joplin. But Jorma Kaukonen says none of those collaborations can compare to bonding with a Chinese orphan.
A February 11 Yugong Yishan gig will be the prolific guitarist’s first ever far east visit, but he’s been acquainted with China ever since his wife Vanessa traveled to Nanning to adopt their now 5-year-old daughter, Israel love.
“From the first time I saw her picture at the orphanage I felt that she was our daughter,” Kaukonen says of his greatest muse. “On my last album, River of Time, there’s a lot of songs dedicated to her. She inspires me to write music that’s very different from what I normally did in that it’s not blues oriented, just poetry set to music.”
In a recent phone interview with the Beijinger, Kaukonen detailed that journey from the blues to psychedelic rock, and how it now helps him write musical family mementos.

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