Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Janis

Janis Joplin and I were both January babies, and that’s one of the reasons I feel a connection to her. Hers in Jan. 19, and visiting her tribute at Museum of the Gulf Coast will be a great way to honor her.

On Sunday I caught the Carolyn Wonderland interview on National Public radio. Wonderland, an Austin singer, noted that growing up in Texas, singing Joplin’s songs was something one pretty much did in private. She’s included one of her tunes, asking “what good can drinkin’ do,” on her latest CD, but remains humble about any comparisons between her and the Texas legend.

Joplin’s musings for sale

Janis Joplin never seemed at a loss for words. Some of them will be for sale, according to an item published on the San Antonio Express News web site. The story focuses on a letter Elvis Presley wrote to a Fort Hood mentor and continues:

“Presley's letter is one of more than 700 pieces of rock memorabilia up for sale online in the Modern Music Auction Jan. 19-26. Items include Bob Dylan's harmonicas, Jimi Hendrix's guitar picks, a postcard penned by Lubbock native Buddy Holly and an eight-page letter that Janis Joplin sent to her fiancé from her hometown of Port Arthur.”

Mardi Gras 2012

I caught Linda Hebert and krewe prepping for Twelfth Night and caught my first throw of the season. Parties are everywhere: Look for them.

The Pary Krewe of Southeast Texas, which is Krewe Mon Ami, if you didn’t know, has slated its Psychadelic Fantasy Ball for Jan. 28. Get on line for info on joining in.

Costumes are not for everyone, apparently. Krewe of Outcast stages its 5th annual Blue Bean Ball on Sat., Jan. 28, at the Commpany D Event Center at 343 North Twin City Highway. This is a $10 BYOB event for those older than 21. The magic number to call is 960-1628.

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