Thank you to everyone who made our website sale a success! In gratitude, and anticipation of the almost-sold-out show in Dublin coming later this month, I’m making free downloads of “Better Times Will Come” available, both the recording and the sheet music. You can also download the lyrics in English and Irish Gaelic. Irish fans, you will be asked to sing along!!!
I’m headed to Ireland mid-January, where Tradfest will be honoring me with a concert of my work by old and new friends, among them “old” friends Mary Black and Eric Bibb. There’ll also be several live interviews and Q&A’s, as well as a work-in-progress screening of Varda Bar-Kar’s film Janis Ian: The Art of Song. Three years in the making, we’re getting an inside look at the film before it’s finalized; after a festival and theatrical run, the documentary will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on American Masters on PBS.
In celebration of Tradfest, I’m making free downloads of my album Folk Is the New Black available to anyone who wants them. Visit the official Janis Ian Store to download this album and other goodies as well. Enjoy!
The only other piece of “big” news is that The Janis Ian Archives at Berea College will be opening mid-October, 2024. Stay tuned and sign up for the Janis Ian Mailing List so you can get information first! We’re still working on the website pages (and hiring an event planner…), but check in with this page regularly as we get closer to the date.
Thank you all for your support. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.
Read on for more news from the past year!
And Another Year of Change
One year ago, I found myself writing this to you: “A Year of Change“
I don’t mind saying, it’s been a rough time. After I’d canceled my tour and talked with my crew, Pat and I both went into shock. It was one thing when I’d decided not to do any more extended touring – I still planned to play festivals, sing on my colleague’s records, and of course, finish my final tour. The money from merchandise would go to fund my archives at Berea College, and I’d get to spend a year playing my favorite venues all over the world, while spending time with friends overseas.
Ugh. The best laid plans, right?! We told ourselves it wasn’t so bad. I suddenly had lots of free time. To play with the dog. Write a book. Enjoy being home. Yeah, I kept telling myself that but…
It really was bad. If you’ve ever been deeply depressed, you’ll know how exhausting it is. I slept for weeks, and sleep-walked through my days, taking care of essential business but otherwise just… existing. I can’t even call it “being”. It was just getting through.
Time passed. Eventually, I realized I was not going to get over the loss of my ability to sing professionally any time soon. I gave myself permission to stay in whatever emotional place I was in; to grieve, complain, rail at the sky and break down in tears. No pushing myself to write, play, attend concerts, or do much of anything related to my work. I trusted that one day, my heart would begin to heal. And about four months ago, I started climbing out of it.
Even so, the daily reminders don’t stop. Today we were double-checking our “go bags” in the event of a hurricane evacuation, and there at the bottom of mine was a T-shirt from Freight & Salvage, along with one from the Venue Theatre in Ratoath, Ireland, reminding me of where I’d been – and where I had intended to return in concert this year.
September 12, 2022
Unfortunately, the laryngitis that forced the postponement of some spring dates has turned out to be more complicated than a simple, treatable laryngitis. There is vocal fold scarring; since it’s not due to polyps or singing incorrectly, the doctors can only speculate as to why, but treatments are very limited. And it would be many months before we’d know the outcome of any treatment.
It is most unlikely that I’ll ever sound like myself again.
I consider myself lucky that this is not life-threatening, though the loss in my own small world is staggering.
I’m going to take a few weeks to get used to this, then deal with the logistics of what to do with everything we’d prepared for the tour, like a zillion CDs… be patient, please.
Please contact the venues for refunds, and thank you all for your support and love.