The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Janis Joplin


One of the big ticket items for me on my to-do list for this trip was go to Port Arthur Texas, the birthplace and home of Janis Joplin, the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company.  I am a huge fan of Janis and have all of her music.  People either like her or they don't.  I feel she was one of the greatest white blues singers there was.

Her home on 32nd street viewed from the Mexican church from across the street which wasn't there when she lived here.

Yep, behind that tangled mass of vegetation stands a run-down little while clapboard house where Janis and her family lived and now someone else does. 

Just so you know you are at the right place.  I've read where Janis did not like Port Arthur very much and couldn't get away from it soon enough.  I couldn't blame her one bit.  It is a dreary oil refinery town on the gulf coastline near Louisiana.  It really took a beating from hurricanes Ike and Rita in recent times.

I'd think her parents Dorothy and Seth took much better care of their home.  Her farther was a supervisor at one of the refinery plants.

Janis had a younger brother and sister.  Michael is an artist and Laura wrote a book about her sister.  They jointly watch over her estate.  To think the three of them ran and played on this porch.



Janis would be 70 now and one can only wonder the music she would have created in these 40 some years had she lived.

We've been in very poor Internet areas the last few days, that is why no postings.  We are now in a State Park in Louisiana with a swamp right outside our door.  Boy how much I would like to see an alligator but I doubt there are any right near us.  Sinbad is on the lookout for one while I write this.


14 comments:

  1. i rather like the sweet and simple home. it does need a bit of pruning to spruce it up. :)

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  2. please don't let him outside you may find him missing.

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  3. I love Janis Joplin too. The house is adorable. I wish the owner would take better care of it.

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  4. The house still looks great.

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  5. Hi John, great for you to see J.J's home for yourself. Is there any John Foggerty music coming out of the swamp??

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  6. Are you going to take Sinbad for a walk with his leash? This may prove to be not so great. Great post, I enjoyed seeing Janis's home as a kid. I like her music too.

    What next?

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  7. I didn't know where she came from and I like it very much to see the house where she lived. It always makes your imagination about a person more complete. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This does bring back some fond memories. Janis was an icon for sure. I remember her voice and stage presence (sadly only from television and film) well as I am only a very few years her junior.

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  9. I love Janis too! No one has ever had a voice like hers.

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  10. Thanks for this post. I'm a big fan. I remember hearing she hated Port Arthur, didn't have many friends, and had a tough time growing up. I think you're right... couldn't get out of there fast enough!

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  11. A humble-looking neighborhood, yet her friends all drove Porsches.

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  12. From Port Arthur did you eventually drive along the most southern highway road in Louisiana? We liked it a lot.

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  13. I would have loved to see inside her home...just to see what it was like.

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