Sunday, March 22, 2009

Just Vegging Out on a Sunday Night . . . .

watching Janis Joplin's performance of "Ball and Chain" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. I remember watching the documentary Janis: The Way She Was on VHS in the early 1990s, and from that point on, I've been a fan. I recall the documentary portraying the fact that she was picked on and teased by classmates growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, simply because she was different. As a gay man, I can relate to her experiences growing up, which is why I feel connected not just to her music, but also to that "outcast" persona of hers.

At 3:24 minutes into the video, the camera pans to Cass Elliot (The Mamas & the Papas) in the audience. At the end of the video, the camera pans to Cass Elliot again, and you see her mouthing the word, "Wow," after Janis' performance.

Wow, indeed.

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