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Welcome Home (The Nebulous Song) - Breakdown

Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen
That Asimov and Bradbury -- Isaac Asimov & Ray Bradbury
and Clarke were alphabetically -- Arthur C. Clarke
my very perfect ABC's
While Algernon ran every maze -- Daniel Keyes' short story "Flowers for Algernon"
and slow glass hurt my heart for days -- Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days"
I sat and played a sweet guitar
and Martians grokked me from afar -- Robert Heinlein's "Stranger In a Strange Land", and the Martin word "grok", or in its verb form, "to grok", as in "to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity" (Wikipedia). Really untranslateable, much like the Portuguese "saudades" or the Japanese "wa".

Odd John was my only friend -- Olaf Stapledon's novel "Odd John"
among the clocks and Ticktockmen, -- a combination of Harlan Ellison's
'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman" and The Wizard of Oz mechanical man Tik-Tok.

while Anne Mccaffrey's dragons roared -- the dragons of the Pern series.
above the skies of Majipoor -- Robert Silverberg's "Majipoor Chronicles"
Bukharan winds blew cold and sharp -- M. J. Engh was the author honored when I was toastmistress of the Nebula Awards; as part of my preparation, I ordered and read her classic "A Wind From Bukhara".
and whispered to my secret heart
"You are no more alone
"Welcome home"

Tribbles came, and triffids went -- David Gerrold's "The Trouble With Tribbles", and the cult classic movie "Day of the Triffids"
Time got wrinkled, then got spent -- the first hardcover book I ever bought (and still own, inscribed now), "A Wrinkle In Time", by Madeleine L'Engle
Kirinyaga's spirits soared -- referencing the collection of short stories, called "Kirinyaga", by Mike Resnick - his story "For I Have Touched the Sky" influenced my own work heavily
and Turtledove re-write a war -- Harry Turtledove's various alternate histories
While Scanners searched, and loved in vain -- Cordwainer Smith, "Scanners Live in Vain"

Hal Nine Thousand went insane -- the film by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark "2001: A Space Odyssey", referencing the rogue computer Hal 9000
and Brother Francis had an ass
whose wit and wile were unsurpassed -- from Walter Miller's "A Canticle for Liebowitz", first a short story, then a novel

Every story I would read
became my private history
as Zenna's People learned to fly -- Zenna Henderson's "Pilgrimage: Book of the People". More writers than I can count say Henderson was an enormous influence on them, from Orson Scott Card to Connie Willis.
and Rachel loved until we cried -- "Rachel In Love", by Pat Murphy
I spent a night at Whileaway -- Joanna Russ' short story "When It Changed"
then Houston called me just to say -- James Tiptree, Jr.'s "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"
"You are no more alone
"so welcome home"

Who dreams a positronic man? -- the novel "The Positronic Man", by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg
Who speaks of mist, and grass, and sand? -- Vonda McIntyre's short story "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand", which became "Dreamsnake"
Of stranger station's silent tombs? -- from "Stranger Station", by Damon Knight
Of speech that sounds in silent rooms? -- from the amazing "Speech Sounds", by Octavia Butler
Who waters deserts with their tears? -- from Frank Herbert's "Dune", and the Fremen and Maud'dib
Who sees the stars each thousand years? -- Isaac Asimov's story "Nightfall"
Who dreams the dreams for kids like me
Whose only home is fantasy?

Let's drink a toast to ugly chickens -- Howard Waldrop's "The Ugly Chickens"
Marley's ghost, and Ender Wiggins -- Jacob Marley, who haunts Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Ender Wiggins of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game"
Every mother's son of you,
and all your darling daughters, too -- Connie Willis' "All My Darling Daughters"
And when the aliens finally come,
we'll say to each and every one
"You are no more alone
"so welcome home
"Welcome home"

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on October 20, 2019

  • Friday February 28

    E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio

    E. J. Thomas Hall

    Akron, Ohio

    Phone: 330-972-7570

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  • Sunday, March 1

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812.323.3020

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    With Livingston Taylor.
    Tickets will go on sale to the public at 11am on Thursday, Sept 19th. 
    Tickets available via OvationTix

  • Monday June 29 to Friday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 6 to Friday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 13 to Friday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 20 to Friday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 27 to Friday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Thursday August 6

    Living Room Concert, Private, Massachusetts, USA

    Living Room Concert

    Private, Massachusetts, USA

    Phone: Private

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    Private Living Room Concert benefitting the Pearl Foundation. We are currently considering other LRC's in the general area; if you are interested please contact us through the "Make Pearl An Offer" charity section of this website. * Please do not ask if you can attend. Invitations are solely up to the donor(s) and we will not put you in touch, regardless of your reason.

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