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Monthly Update

July 12, 2012

May 13

Foster at one year

Foster at one year

Did you write the update yet, Janis?
What update?
The one where you tell your fans and friends what's been going on?
Oh, that update.... It's been hard to get around to it, Pat. I'm still grieving over losing Foster. I know even Portuguese Water Dogs don't live forever, but that doesn't make it easier. I'm so grateful we still have D'roo.
I know it's hard, but you're going in for shoulder surgery tomorrow. You should post something.

May 21

Is that what you're wearing for the follow-up visit with your surgeon?
Yes, what's wrong with it?
Oh, nothing. That green and blue polka-dot thing is bound to come back in style any minute now.
Polka-dots...?
<glances down at pants>
Oh. I got tired of asking for help getting dressed, so I pulled out a few things I could put on with one hand.
Did you pick the clothes out at night? during a power failure, perhaps?
You don't like Hawaiian floral with aquamarine socks? I thought it was a great combination.
Mmm. I wonder if your painkillers aren't finally kicking in.

May 28

How's your shoulder feeling?
What shoulder?
Come on, you can't give up. It's going to be a long haul.
I know everybody said that, but I figured I'd be fine by now, and the rest of the summer would just be a kind of vacation..
Honey, it's only been two weeks. And didn't the surgeon say that in all his years of practice, it was one of the worst he'd ever seen?
What does he know? He's just a surgeon... even if he does take care of an entire football team.
He seems like an okay guy, given that he spends his life slicing and dicing.
Yeah... It was nice of him to give me a DVD of the surgery, though I thought us watching it between Chelsea Handler and It's Me Or the Dog was a little strange.
Did you? I didn't...
Maybe it's the painkillers.

June 1

D'roo at the window

D'roo at the window

Janis, I'm sorry to bug you, but you need to do this update soon. You can't just sit around like this, it's not healthy.
I'm sorry, Pat... I just can't believe D'roo's gone too. It isn't fair, losing both dogs in such a short time. I start crying every time I think about it. I keep telling myself it's just the painkillers making me weepy, but -
- It's not the pain killers. I'm doing the same thing.
Oh. I hoped it was the pain killers.

June 7

Janis & Stefan make a book

Janis & Stefan make a book

Hey, I talked with Stefan this morning - Audible.com released your autobiography today! He says it's getting great buzz, that weaving songs and singing in and out of the narrative really worked. He says he's never heard anything like it.
Stefan said that? Wow... and he's so experienced. Fantastic!
Are you going to put that in the update?
What update?
Very funny. When do I get a physical copy I can play in the car?
I think physical copies go on sale October 6th, in time for my next tour. You can pre-order it in September, though.
You're not going to give me a copy?
Only if you stop bugging me about the update...
You'll also be carrying it at the shows, right?
Someone else will be carrying it. I'm not supposed to lift anything until next year.

June 14

Did you write that update yet?
Stop nagging! You've been asking me every hour for weeks now!
I have not! And where did you find those shoes?
My feet get cold.
I thought we threw out all our Frye boots back in the 80's...

June 21

Janis, you have got to write the update.
I don't have time. I'm in physical therapy eight hours a day; I have no energy left for an update.
What an exaggeration! It's just three times a week with the therapist, plus the hour a day you put in at home.
That's not possible. It feels like eight hours a day.
Maybe it's the painkillers.

June 28

Are you doing a Christmas in August sale this year? Because if you are...
I know, I know... better write the update. Blah blah blah.
Are you going to hold the sale?
I think so. A couple of people have stepped up and offered to help. There won't really be any new items, I can't play yet so going into the studio with new material is out of the question....
I'm sure the fans will be okay with that.
I'm not... <glumly sinks back in chair> I hate disappointing people.
Oh hell. Tell them it was the painkillers.

July 2

And the update is...
You don't really want me to tell you, do you?
My. Someone's in a good mood...
I just can't get used to this! I've been sleeping sitting up for months now! my entire backbone is bruised. I'm sick of being housebound. I miss playing the guitar. I miss playing the piano. I hate this!
<Starts crying..>
And all my friends have forgotten me, and nobody calls, and I thought everyone would be sending me their manuscripts and e-books so I would have lots and lots to read but practically no one has, I'm reduced to reading physical books and you know I only have one arm right now so it's really hard to carry them around and no one ever visits to help me carry them...
<Nose starts running.>
And I'm tired of <hiccup> feeling lousy <hiccup> and cranky <hiccup> and useless <hiccup>!
Honey, you're not making any sense. Slow down and listen to me.
<Hiccups end.>
<Janis wipes nose with back of hand.>
<Looks at hand, looks at Pat.>
<Sheepishly wipes hand on back of pants.>
None of your friends have sent you e-books or manuscripts because everyone assumed you'd be fully recovered by now.
They did?
And you're always so self-sufficient, no one figures you need any help.
They don't?
And no one's calling because you asked everyone to leave you alone while you recover.
I did?
Really. You did.
Oh... Why on earth would I do that?
Must have been the painkillers.

July 4

Hey, I just took a look at the Stars anthology digital version. Fantastic – all those links so when I'm reading a lyric, I can just click and bang! I'm at your website hearing the song. Whose idea was that?
It was the publisher I've been working with, Lucky Bat Books.
"Lucky Bat"? What kind of name is that for a publisher?
Come on, I told you the name weeks ago.
I thought it was the painkillers...

July 9

I have a plan. How about if you and I sit down somewhere and just make a list of everything you want people to know? I'll type it up, and the update will be done.

<Janis nods head in agreement, though in actual fact she's just nodding off from the painkillers..>

Okay, here we go...

The big news is the Audible.com release of Society's Child: My Autobiography. It took over two years to put together the right team and timing, but it's out for download worldwide, with the physical product coming in early October.

I've been working on a digital re-issue of the classic Stars: Songs Based On the Lyrics of Janis Ian anthology. It's been out of print for a few years, and we've only been able to offer expensive first editions - but now it's up now for downloading at a reasonable price. You can download it now from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords. More info and download links here.

Smartpop will be publishing a book of essays about Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game - I was thrilled to be one of the first authors Scott invited. Between getting called "an essayist", and giving the commencement speech for Warren Wilson, I'm starting to feel like I might have been to college and just don't remember it! (Must be the painkillers...)

Tiny Boat ship

Tiny Boat ship

We should have a Lucky Bat digital version of Society's Child: My Autobiography available for downloading by overseas fans before the fall touring season begins! A few of you have told me you've seen it up here and there, but this will be the "author's preferred version", with links, corrections, proofing, the works, and we'll be making it available in Japan, the UK, Australia, and other areas that haven't been able to order it before.

After I finished reading my own book, I got to do a bunch of narration for Gregory Benford's Galactic Center books (playing a hookah-smoking Snark against Harlan Ellison's Yiddish-accented character!), as well as a short by my old friend David Barr Kirtley.

Tiny Mouse on board

Tiny Mouse on board

The "Tiny Boat" is out on the charitable album Harbour of Songs, released on Proper Records July 23, 2012, and available from iTunes for US customers, and Proper or Amazon UK and Play for overseas. As you can see, the tiny wooden carved mouse that inspired my song is now in charge of steering the entire ship!

Well, that's about the size of it. Hope you are all well, and I'll see you when I have a working right hand!

Janis Ian

Janis

Hot News
  • The Singer & The Song & Stars both nominated for 2015 Audie Awards!

    Two projects very dear to Janis' heart have both been nominated for prestigous Audie Awards! The audiobook for Miriam Therese Winter's The Singer & The Song, as well as the audiobook for the Stars anthology of science fiction songs based on songs by Janis, have both been honored with nominations.

  • And now, on to the tour!

    As you can see on the right, I'll be touring with Tom Paxton - and doing some solo shows - a lot this spring!

  • Thank you one and all!

    By any light, the newly-annual sale was a huge success - over $20,000 net for the Pearl Foundation! 

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on February 16, 2015

  • Thur Mar 5 w/ Tom Paxton

    Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

    Tarrytown Music Hall

    Tarrytown, NY

    Phone: 877-840-0457

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Fri Mar 6 w/ Tom Paxton - Two Shows!

    The City Winery, New York, NY

    The City Winery

    New York, NY

    Phone: 212-608-0555 X 714

    Visit the venue's website

    Two shows! 7:00PM and 10:00PM. Finally, Janis and Tom in New York! This is a great venue, great sound, great performers. Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show; Janis was just 13 years old. She took the stage with Tom, Lou Gossett Jr., Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, and other folk singers to get a standing ovation and two encores.

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts". They'll each be doing a solo set, so you'll still get to hear songs like "At 17", but they'll also be singing on one another's songs, harmonizing, playing backup, and kidding around. Don't miss it!

  • Sat Mar 7 w/ Tom Paxton

    Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY

    Patchogue Theatre

    Patchogue, NY

    Phone: (631) 207-1313

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr, Phil Ochs, and a few other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid - go back!"

    The show these two dear friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing on each others' songs, add harmonies and instrumentals, and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

    Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • Sun Mar 8 w/ Tom Paxton

    Marasco Performing Arts Center, Monroe Township, NJ

    Marasco Performing Arts Center

    Monroe Township, NJ

    Phone: (732) 521-4400

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Wed Mar 17 w/ Tom Paxton

    The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

    The Dakota

    Minneapolis, MN

    Phone: (612) 332-5299

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Thur Mar 19 w/ Tom Paxton

    The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

    The Dakota

    Minneapolis, MN

    Phone: (612) 332-5299

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Fri Mar 20 w/ Tom Paxton

    Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI

    Stoughton Opera House

    Stoughton, WI

    Phone: 608-877-4400

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and Tom bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed. 

  • Sat Mar 21 w/ Tom Paxton

    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

    Old Town School of Folk Music

    Chicago, IL

    Phone: 883-728-6000

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and Tom bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed. 

  • Sun Mar 22 w/ Tom Paxton

    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

    Old Town School of Folk Music

    Chicago, IL

    Phone: 773-728-6000

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and Tom bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed. 

  • Mon Apr 7

    Pearl Foundation Living Room Concert, Florida

    Pearl Foundation Living Room Concert

    NA, Florida

    This is a private show for the Pearl Foundation, sorry! It's here so anyone looking to book something else knows the date is gone...

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