Tonight I'd like to post Bea Garth's tribute to Janis Joplin, an artist who has been honored more than once at The Song Is.. However, Bea's tribute is remarkable, for it imagines Janis being alive today.
What happened to you?
You should be here now
with your gritty sardonic laugh
the way you’d tilt your head,
your wild plum colored hair, shawl and bangles.
The black sheep,
they called you ugly in your Texas high school,
you learned to go your own way,
discovering, to your surprise, your voice
belting out high raspy crescendos
transcending the angst of solitude.
What would you make of it,
the Now of Now,
the way the world
is spinning out of sync?
Would you be forever chasing
that elusive Other,
always searching for that impossible, quixotic One?
Or maybe just maybe by now
you finally found him or her,
your broken heart healing at last
as you curl up cat-like in the lap of genuine love
with a house, garden,
a horse in the barn out back
so you can go out for long rides
and all those grandkids.
I just can’t see you giving up though,
you’d have to sing
all that feeling bundled up
ready to explode from your soul
unable to put up with any bull,
the sincere angst of your cry
helping to heal this lowly sphere
with your sardonic insights,
you, our cantankerous Earth Mama,
with the wise beauty
of your wild penetrating eye
and scratchy, soul-shattering voice.
(written to Janis Joplin)by Bea Garth
Here are a few more of Janis' songs. I hope that these are not repeats from earlier entries!
The first is her "I Need a Man to Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NRzxu_Hak8
I have always liked "Flower in the Sun": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=natCa2asaq4
Here is her "One Night Stand": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc9saY_XcXY
I'll finish with "One Good Man": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIHgZHDJlZY