I can’t listen to Janis anymore. Her voice was always heartbreaking but now when I hear her it’s as though wounds open in my psyche, my heart and my soul.
Nobody should hurt like she hurt. No one should cry as she cried. No one with that much talent should die so young. We had so few years of you.
She opened herself so completely, so honestly.
She sang our need to be loved, to be understood and accepted for who we were.
She sang the pain of a nation who mourned Martin, Bobby and JFK.
She sang for me. There will never be anyone who comes close.
Janis Joplin died October 4th in 1970 at age 27.