JANIS' RECOMMENDATIONSA number of emails have asked Janis what she would buy, if she were bidding on her own auction. Below is her list of recommendations, favorite items, and notes.
Hopefully I won't end up having to bid on my own stuff - that would be a bit "beyond the call of duty"! But these are some items I'd buy if I were a fan and another artist were offering them.
JANIS' RECOMMENDATIONS 10-23-98
# 002 Mink Stole - no bid Surely someone out there collects antique furs? # 005 Two Piece Royal Blue Silk Suit - no bid My partner calls this a "pimp suit"; very cool, very Batman. But small. #025-030 GodLike Stage T-Shirts Okay - where are all you people who desperately offered me $100, $150, even $200 for one of these! # 044 Terminator Leather Stage Boots - These boots are worn but not worn-out by a long shot; they're the coolest boots I've owned, next to the wraparound cowboy boots featured here. Ani Difranco style, and believe me, that girl styles! # 045 Cool panelled cowboy boots - As they say in the music business, these are "the shit". # 051 Hamburg Steinway Baby Grand Piano - I know this is a high minimum, but I thought for sure some school or church or rich person would start bidding by now! # 053 Janis Ian Santa Cruz Stage Guitar - ditto on this item. It's really a great guitar. # 072 Gold Diamond Wedding Ring - well, I don't know if I'd buy someone else's wedding ring. But it's a lovely piece. # 153A Orchestrations-Applause Applause (scored for 44 instruments) - I'd suggest anyone interested in orchestration and music and recording go check these out on line - I'll be seriously disappointed if they go this low. In fact, I may bid on them myself. # 218 Conductor Copy-The Mission (full score, handwritten by Janis) Same thing as above! # 236 Shadow draft - This description says it's xeroxed, which is true - the first two verses, at any rate. The rest is all handwritten, with corrections and changes everywhere. This is a wonderful piece. # 237 Lyric first draft-Silly Habits - If you liked the song, if you liked Mel Torme's version, this is also pretty wonderful. # 244 Drafts-Some People's Lives - If I were buying, I'd put my money into this, Take No Prisoners, Silly Habits and Shadow. This is the best of the group. # 249 Lyrics-Take No Prisoners - As above. A really colorful envelope, frameable. I love this piece. # 296 Audio-Have Mercy Love (first recording, mother master vinyl) - in the "old days", we recorded publishing demos of new songs onto tape; they were then hand-transferred onto vinyl. This is a neat thing to own; there's not much of that era around in hand-cut mother masters. # 305-309 Audio-Hunger Songs - These are the songs I sent my producer, manager, et al for consideration on the Hunger album. Of course I get final choice, but it's good to have second opinions. Lots of stuff you've never heard (and perhaps will never hear!). # 400 5 song tape - What an unprecedented deal! 5 songs of YOUR choice, recorded onto cassette by me in my living room. Personalized and a lot of fun for both of us.