Artist Date at the Chelsea Hotel


Janis Joplin at the Hotel Chelsea NYC

It’s amazing how whole universes exist within our world. Today, I learned about the Chelsea Hotel and how it was a bohemian haven for writers, musicians and artists. I never knew about it before and now it is on my bucket list. I like going places I’ve never been before, especially places that have the energy of creative souls who have gone before me.

I discovered that Bob Dylan wrote the song Sad Eyed Lady of the Low Lands at the Chelsea Hotel. Leonard Cohen wrote about the Chelsea Hotel too which is actually a song about my all-time favorite singer, Janis Joplin.

There is something about Dylan, Cohen and Joplin songs that wraps me in a warm blanket of words. Their music slow dances through my veins and sends a vibrating pulse to my brain that pulls me into a world of my imagining, a place where I am one of them, one who dared to follow their calling to go to the big city, live life on their own terms and change the world in their own unique way.

In reality, learning about places like the Chelsea Hotel enable me to go on a journey which is a lot like an artist date. I’m discovering people who lived in the Chelsea Hotel, the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, the art of Andy Warhol, the music of Patti Smith, and even newer artists doing remakes of the classics like Lana Del Rey.

It’s enthralling and a tempting place to stay, but then I remind my nostalgic self to not visit the past too long else chance getting lost there. Observe, learn, then write on.

Kathy G


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