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The desire to be liked or admired by other people is a trap.  The pain and tragedy caused by this desire for admiration or approval is painfully obvious in this  final interview with Janis Joplin recorded 4 days before her death in 1970.   Also, below, a performance of “Ball n Chain” by Janis Joplin.

(Janis Lyn Joplin — January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970 — was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival. Popular songs from her four-year solo career include “Down on Me”, “Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, “Maybe”, “To Love Somebody”, “Kozmic Blues”, “Work Me, Lord”, “Cry Baby”, “Mercedes Benz”, and her only number one hit, “Me and Bobby McGee”. )

BALL N CHAIN, performed by Janis Joplin  (after you listen to this song, you will understand why “love” is a “ball and chain”!)


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Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes.