Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

What can I say about Janis Joplin that hasn’t already been said? I love a lot of female vocalists across many diverse musical genres, but Janis is at the top of the mountain for me. Pinpointing why is kind of tricky, because it was a special combination of attributes. She had a voice that she was still learning to harness the full power of while recording Pearl, which was released after her death. There was certainly technique in her singing, but there was also character, fearlessness, vulnerability, reckless abandon, and a fragility that was tragic. You wanted to see her succeed, because she wasn’t supposed to. The odds were against her from the beginning, but she was special, and she found her voice and her people (even though it wasn’t enough to ultimately save her). I know I’m not alone in wondering what else she would have achieved, but I’m also so very thankful for what she left us. Pearl is a beauty of an album, filled with a woman who had triumphed on her own terms. Janis never got to fully realize all the love that people had for her. I wonder if it would have saved her if she had…

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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