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Monthly Update

January 30, 2015

Godzilla New Year's haiku

Godzilla New Year's haiku

Happy New Year! Is it really 2015?

Is that even possible?!

Most of the people I grew up with didn't expect to live past our early 20's, let alone into our 60's. This is astonishing.

More astonishing, the Pearl Foundation has now given away more than $800,000 in scholarship funds for returning students! And that's the main point of this update blast.

On January 31st at 7 am CST, www.janisian.com will go live with its newly-annual "White Sale" benefiting the Foundation. In addition to knocking prices down to ridiculous levels (and not changing the postage fees to compensate!), we have some extraordinary items this year. For instance:

G7th Performance Capo covered in Swarovski Crystal Elements

G7th Performance Capo covered in Swarovski Crystal Elements

Want to lick your chops? Try this G7th bling, covered in Swarovski Crystal Elements - 9 of these capos in the entire world, and we've got one of them!

Maybe you're interested in a guitar, or a microphone? We've got those, too.

Or perhaps you can't make one of my upcoming gigs, and much as you love the video of "I'm Still Standing" shot at Fur Peace Ranch, you'd really like to own a copy of Strictly Solo - only it's not for sale anywhere except live shows.

Tiny alien dog topples, exhausted, onto captured elephant

Tiny Alien Dog topples, exhausted, onto captured elephant

Maybe you collect autographs? Any three of your items can be signed and personalized during the sale (except the D'Addario Music Box, which were pre-packed by me because there are nine, and they just fit in the flat rate box….) Put your request in the "Comments" section when you order, and we'll make it happen. (No, I can not write out the entire lyric to a song you like on the front of a capo. You can buy handwritten lyrics here instead!)

Vanessa Carr with "Lonely One"

Vanessa Carr with "Lonely One"

We've also re-created three early songbooks so the transcriptions are easy to read, with some new artwork, and layouts donated by Amy Hoffman (thank you!). There are recent sheet music transcriptions donated by fans, including "When Angels Cry" and "Marching on Glasgow" - check out Vanessa holding up her signed copy of "Lonely One" in this update! We've had several people order these as gifts - a great way to help increase Pearl sales and at the same time, give someone a one-of-a-kind present.

Good gosh, that's just a start. The Stella Adler DVD set is back, we have children's books and audio books from Brilliance, G7th have donated 12 of their 24K plate Performance 2 capos, there are rare DVD and CD sets... need I go on?!

Ken & Lisa backstage-photo Debra Hyslop

Ken & Lisa backstage at Bridge Street Live, photo Debra Hyslop

Yes, I must go on. Because you can also get discounts on things like Roadie-For-A-Day and wind up like Ken and Lisa here, helping us unload gear, set the stage, carry heavy boxes of merchandise, change guitar strings… wait, people pay for that?! Heck, yeah! We had a lovely dinner backstage with them at Bridge Street Live before the show, too, and of course, they got crew passes and good seats for the show!

The sale will end February 8th, 11:59 pm CST, so get in there soon! And remember - 100% of what you spend on the website this week will go to the Pearl Foundation, and half of anything you spend on my gear at Carter Vintage will go there as well! (Give a cheer - Walter and Christie are also donating half their normal commission to Pearl!)

Gracie Mae Stuffy

Gracie Mae Stuffy

Okay, 'nuff said. Here's the rest of the news:

My wife Pat had right knee replacement surgery and her recovery has been fantastic. Of course, it didn't hurt that Gracie Mae immediately decided to spend the holidays as a personal foot warmer and care-taker. As you can see from the photos, it exhausted her completely. Only a stuffy would compensate.

Just posted Facebook Godzilla haiku #257 - I can't find time to post every day on my own forum, but if any member wants to take that on, they're welcome to! I'm having to write more and more of them myself now, which is providing some much-needed comic relief from my work schedule.

Godzilla haiku 254

Godzilla haiku 254

Speaking of which, dear friend Tom Paxton, who was at my first-ever "real" show when I was just 13 years old, is "retiring" from the brutal tour schedule he's always kept at the end of this year. To celebrate, we're doing a batch of gigs with sidekick Robin Bullock. Those of you who saw us in the UK last year know what a wonderful evening this is! I sing on his songs, and Tom takes a solo turn on my own "Through the Years", making me tear up pretty much every time. We both take "step-outs" on our own, but most of the show is all three of us singing, playing, and in general having a rip-roaring time. There's talk of adding second shows/dates in New York and Berkeley, so stay tuned to my website for more news! (Remember, you can join the RSS Feed and get notifications when "Hot News" items and tour dates are added! It's not that scary - even I could follow Steve's directions.)

2003 Wedding Group

2003 Wedding Group
photo by Steve Payne, courtesy NY Times

A Very Exciting Announcement Now!!! As some of you know, George R R Martin was among the five people attending our "formal" wedding (Dave Axler, Mike & Carol Resnick, George, and Parris McBride are in the photo. And of course, Pat and me.) He and Parris have long been good friends to us, and stalwart supporters of the Pearl Foundation. In fact, I recently narrated a story by Elizabeth Bear for GRRM's upcoming book "Old Venus", due out late March.

Here's the cool: on February 22 & 23 I will be performing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM - and midway through each show, will be "In Conversation" with George for 30+ minutes! We haven't done anything professional together before, so we're really excited! For more information visit the Cocteau Cinema events page.

That's all for now, folks. I'll try to do these more regularly, but realistically, four times a year is about what I can handle these days.

Hope you've got more spare time than me!

All the best for the New Year,

Janis Ian

Janis

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Hot News
  • Stars audiobook on CD finally available here!

    Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian is now available in our online store as a CD audio book. Featuring original short stories by 30 top SF writers, including one by Janis, with her singing the prologue to each and narrating many.

  • 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!

[more hot news]

Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on April 19, 2015

  • Sat Apr 25 2/ Tom Paxton

    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

    Freight & Salvage

    Berkeley, CA

    Phone: (510) 644-2020 Ext: 120

    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!

  • Sun Apr 26 w/ Tom Paxton

    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

    Freight & Salvage

    Berkeley, CA

    Phone: 510-644-2020

    Visit the venue's website

    Second night added!

  • Wed Apr 29

    Tales From the Tavern, Santa Ynez, CA, N/A

    Tales From the Tavern

    Santa Ynez, CA, N/A

    Phone: 805-688-0383

    Visit the venue's website

    A return engagement, at Janis' request! We had the best time here a little while ago, and this promises to be just as much fun.

  • Thur April 30

    Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA

    Tower Theatre

    Fresno, CA

    Phone: (559)485-9050

    Visit the venue's website

  • Sat May 2 SOLD OUT

    AMSDconcerts at Sweetwater Union HS Theater, San Diego, CA

    AMSDconcerts at Sweetwater Union HS Theater

    San Diego, CA

    Phone: 619-303-8176

    Visit the venue's website

  • Sat July 18

    RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson, MN

    RiverSong Music Festival

    Hutchinson, MN

    Phone: (320) 587-2599

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and RiverSong have been trying to find a date that works for years now - so glad this is finally happening! 

[full tour dates list]

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