Sunday November 11, 2012 / 3:00pmRoom 105: The Highs and Lows Of Janis Joplin
How was your experience?
I was only 13 years old when Janis Joplin joined the 27 Club – I didn’t really know her music all that well, just the songs that made the Top 40 of the day, but I knew her on a deeper level because I was also a fairly plain awkward girl that always tried a little too hard to be liked. It wasn’t until after I’d reached an age that she never attained that I really listened to the pain in her music, and found a voice to the stuff I’d locked deep inside me. So, seeing Sophie B. Hawkins channeling Janis as she does was more powerful than words can describe. From the moment she came on stage, she WAS Janis, the drugs, the pain, the humor, the NEED, all Janis. At times, I thought the pain in this show might go over the cliff and spoil it, but Sophie kept us teetering on that abyss –she never took us into self-pity, and even in the darkest moments, Janis was never weak. The music was just amazing, again, words can’t describe how Sophie just became Janis through the music. I didn’t just go to a play, this was almost a journey into a past that I knew little about, but learned so much from being there. I wanted to change history so that she didn’t die young, I wanted to tell her that you CAN rise above all the mean people and painful judgments, but that would have changed the piece of Janis’ heart that made her unique. All I can say is “Wow!” Linda J. Ross