A night with Janis

Last night we went out to dinner and a show. Janis Joplin. The show traces her life and influences from a kid to her rise to stardom. And especially the influence of the blues on her music.


We believe the character identified as “Blues Singer”, as opposed to Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Odetta Holmes or one of the Chantels, had a voice that was transcendent. While we all know how Joplin’s life ended, the show was not sad. It was all about the music.

Midway through the second act the singers that performed everyone but Janis sang Kozmic Blues and I Shall be Released. It was over the top and I started crying when the song ended.

I am not prone to tears, and it was quite unexpected. But sometimes the music just moves you.

2 Responses to “A night with Janis”

  1. jane Says:

    sounds amazing! I must recommend ’20 feet from stardom’ if you haven’t watched it yet!

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