I have a bad cold and didn't feel focused enough to read last night like I normally do these days, so I flipped through the TV channels to see what was on. Not much UNTIL I found a special on Janis Joplin.
MAN, did that ever flash memories from the past and bring feelings to the surface to review again.
There was a time in Chicago in 1968 when I was a young musician. As a young musician, listening to top bands was "the" thing to do.
Janis Joplin, featuring Big Brother and the Holding Company were playing at club called “The Cheeta” on Lawrence Ave, just East of Sheridan Rd on the North side.
You just have no idea you're looking at genius when you see it. Now, 30 years later, it's obvious. But only when you look back at something you saw long ago but missed in reality at the time.
Sure, we all loved Janis, but did we actually realize the depth of what we were experiencing?
How many times do we look at genius, in our self and in others, and just miss it all together. We just take in the scenery that flashes in front of our faces; then, 30 years later realize that we experienced genius at work but didn't REALLY fully appreciate it at the time.
Boy, we miss a lot of life when we do that!