Janis Joplin

Little Girl Blue

Tonight I finally made time to watch Little Girl Blue, the film about Janis Joplin [Janis: Little Girl Blue – Feature length documentary, Dir. Amy Berg 2015]. I’ve really liked Janis since I was about 17. I can still remember the very first time I saw and heard her singing. What an impact. It was like nothing else I had ever heard. It was almost not singing, it was more like hearing the soul of another person.

If you want to hear what emotion sounds like when singing then there is no-one better. Get past the fact that her voice isn’t pretty, or even in tune, and just feel her voice.

So I’ve been crying for half an hour towards the end of the film. It’s so sad when we lose young people to drugs, and when fame and fortune bring such happiness, and yet such sadness too.

I can’t imagine what music she would have given us in the past years, and the world has missed out on this 🙁

What do I take from this? From Janis? I guess the main thing is about being true to yourself musically, and that music can be sometimes about technical skill, and precision, and perfection. And at other times it can be about feelings, and emotion, and passion, and truth.

Thank you Janis. I will always wish I could have been around to give you a big hug 🙂 x