Good Morning Journal,
Love her or hate her, Janis Joplin was a passionate and powerful singer. Growing up, I loved her. She seemed real, and she sang with intensity and honesty. Yes, her life had a tragic ending, but doesn't take away from the impact her singing had on me.
One time during an interview she was asked what she thought about while she sang. She shook her head and said "I don't think...I just FEEL."
I want to paint the way Janis sang...with passion and depth, and with all my heart and soul. Last night I tried to explain this to my husband. I had to resort to youtube to get my point across. He's not exactly "musical", but he got it.
The subject of Woodstock and those that performed there came up because it will soon be time for the yearly Awards Banquet at my husbands work. He has been there 20 years, and this year will be presented with an award.
In all these 20 years, I have never been to one.
Yes, I was invited, but I didn't go for several reasons...ashamed of how I looked, embarrassed to have others watch with curiosity while I ate, trying to fit into restaurant chairs, not sure if I would be able to use the restroom without assistance, and worst of all to me, ashamed to have his work colleagues see what I looked like... fearing they would judge him because of me.
Well, this year I am going. On the outside I still don't look that different. But INSIDE I feel different. So I am going to go, and do my best to enjoy myself, and support him...it's his turn to be honored and I want to be there.
I might even wear a bit of costume...the theme is Woodstock. The historic 3 day outdoor music concert and "happening" that is generally just called Woodstock took place 40 years ago...I was 18 years old. It's going to be fun to see what "hippie" costumes people come up with. :-)
For fun, here is a site that has tons of old hippie-era photos, and explains a little what the Hippie thing was about...what a fun blast from the past for me! (click here)
And next year, at the next awards banquet, I might even join them out on the dance floor!
PS: I decided what to do for a bit of costume...wear a hemp and bead headband, and I am going to paint a pair of shoes in TYE DIE!!
From Dr Phil's book: "The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
My verse for today: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
My quote for today: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined."--Henry David Thoreau
Enjoy the Journey,