The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Artists in Action #477

Janis Joplin bids you welcome


Booksteve said...

Was surprised a couple years ago when the Cavett Show DVDs came out to see just how smart and witty Janis was when (relatively) sober! She made Raquel Welch look like a babbling airhead on one episode discussing politics!

estiv said...

Still breaks my heart. If you feel like having your heart broken, read Myra Friedman's Buried Alive.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Lots-o-rock-n-roll history in that hotel, of course, some of it documented by Leonard Cohen who's written a couple-three about his time there with Janis. I’ve read that he’s regretted the indiscretion of revealing some of those lovemaking details though, as he feels now it wasn’t the respectful thing to do.

bunny said...

Happy Birthday to Janis and me!