Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Essential Janis Joplin

having failed to acquire the songs from this album in bittorrent sites, i decided to buy the double cd even if there is only song (“piece of my heart”) i know from janis joplin. the song after all has deeply moved me ever since i first heard it years and years ago. just by watching the video for this song, you can immediately tell that she was an intense singer. never have i seen anyone, whether male or female, be so evocative in their singing. and because of just this 1 song, i became a big janis joplin fan.

judging from that 1 song, i thought her music was purely classic 60’s-70’s rock n’ roll. but after listening to the cds, i find that her music is a mix of blues, folk and rock n’ roll – but mostly blues, or at least that’s how i perceive them. but whatever kind her music really is, her intensity was consistent from the first song to the last.

i heard somewhere that you play the blues not to lift up your spirits but to make others as blue and gloomy as yourself. janis’s music did not in any way give me the blues -- though i must admit i was already feeling kinda listless when i bought this cd and was looking for instant gratification -- but it didn’t raise my spirits either. instead, her music made me ponder on what her life might have been in the 60’s. in a time when female singers were more conservative, she dared to show her unconventional and rebellious self, and inadvertently set the standard for what women should aspire for in music – immortality.

her songs also made me reflect about life in general. how all the trials and hardships are outweighed by all the things we take for granted and should be thankful for.

this from a pair of cds by an emotionally soulful singer who took her own life before mine even started.

rating: 5 of 5 stars * * * * *
blues never felt so addicting.


cris said...

I give this CD 10 stars out of 5. It's that good! It was given to me by a friend some 3 or 4 years ago and I absolutely love it!

rob said...

Stephen King is reportedly a Janis Joplin fan. I think she was mentioned in one book (Christine?) and a short story in the 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes' collection.

roehl said...

cris, nice to know you’re a janis joplin fan too.

rob, although i’ve read the books you mentioned a long, long time ago, i cannot remember anymore if stephen king did mention janis joplin but i won’t be surprised if he did. he is after all a big rock music fan. he also plays the guitar and is known to jam with other writers like fellow novelist anne rice.

rmacapobre said...

hmm i better check this one out