“Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall,
You got to go when the good Lord calls
You may not be laughing still We cry
Never got a chance to say good-bye”
These words are from Roy Book Binder’s song, Another Man Done a Full Go Round, that Jorma recorded on his solo album, River of Time. The song comes to mind every time I hear about another close friend passing away. It certainly came to mind when I heard the news about Levon Helms.
Jorma recorded River of Time at Lee’s Studio in Woodstock, NY. Hot Tuna also recorded it’s first studio album in 20 years, Steady As She Goes, at the Barn. It was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had in a recording studio. Lee made us feel right at home and then challenged us to create some great rock and roll.
Levon was a dear friend, and words can not convey the true spirit of the man. He was part philosopher, part musical genius and part Dirt Farmer. He had a remarkable career and help create the songs that were the soundtrack to our lives.
Diane and I would like to send our sincerest condolences to Lee’s wife Sandy and daughter Amy. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love, peace and blessings to you. -Jack and Diane Casady