Sunday, October 10, 2010

Janis Joplin

I was contemplating the life of Janis Joplin today - it's been 40 years since her death.
I've always been a fan of her music... almost a blues/rock worship type of thing really... Larry Norman wrote a song to her when he used to open for her shows in the 60s called 'why don't you look into Jesus, He's got the answers' and it's a great word... she was completely unsatisfied with her life - even with fame, and success - she never felt loved or knew who she really was.
I guess we've all gone through that (although not nearly as upfront and in public I'm sure). The reality is that life doesn't make any sense without Jesus. Which is amazing when we consider how much time and energy we spend trying to find meaning in things and money and status and jobs and family... yet all of this falls short. The dark side of this reality is death... which is where Janis landed... dead. Without hope and without God - life does seem pretty meaningless. I wish she had chosen life. IF you feel like her... why not look into Jesus like Larry Norman suggests... he's got the answers


Anonymous said...

i agree i was a fan i still am i miss janis

Anonymous said...

I don't know who you are ... but I knew Janis personally. We met outside between Sets backstage at the old Winterland. I remember sharing a pint of Southern Comfort with her and at her last chug she said , "You know Richie, every night I make love to 5,000 people but I always go home alone". She may have slipped this mortal coil and cast off the bonds of flesh ... but her music, her power and presence, her depth heart and soul will not soon pass this way again. Janis was knee-deep in the Blues and lives stil, in the heart of all Blues lovers. The world is less a place because Janis has gone out of it but she has left her living legacy nevertheless, and her life can not be summed up as this "Christian" individual sums it up with his cosmic-world view herein. Janis came to learn and teach some lessons and she was a success in spite of what every religious zealot from the Hare Krishnas to Mormons might imagine. To all those that ever tried to convert her ... how about not judging but discerning instead.