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Monthly Update

May 28, 2013

Janis wins a Grammy

Janis wins a Grammy

Pat: Are you busy?

Janis: ...

Pat: Are you busy?

Janis: ...

Pat: ARE YOU BUSY?!?!?!

Janis: <tearing eyes away from computer> No. Of course not. What's up?

Pat: Could you teach Gracie Mae to swim?

Janis: ???

Pat: Janis. Could you please teach Gracie Mae to swim? I've got three trials coming up, I don't have time.

Janis: She already knows how to swim. She's a dog.

Pat: She's a dog who keeps snapping at flies when they go by, trying to catch one and eat it. She needs to learn some other form of exercise.

Janis: She's a Portuguese Water Dog. She already knows how to swim. Trust me.

Pat: <mutters> Last time you said that, we wound up in Hackensack. By the garbage dump.

Janis: Besides, I'm really tired. I don't know why I'm so tired. Maybe I need some vitamins.

The tour, all 14,000 miles of it

The tour, all 14,000 miles of it

Pat: Yeah, I don't know why you're tired. It's not like you've been doing anything. Winning a Grammy, 10 weeks of one-nighters, four and five in a row with travel every single day - do you realize you've played in 46 states over the past eight months?! Did a living room concert for Judy Jance, recorded "The Tiny Mouse", worked with Lemniscaat Publishing and The Schuberts on that illustrated children's book coming out this fall -

Janis: <not listening.> Maybe it's lack of B complex...

Pat: - recorded a piece for the Jean Ritchie tribute CD, organized a benefit for Scarritt Bennett, put new things on your website, rehearsed with Cynthia Clawson, Alison Brown, Andrea Zonn, and Diana Jones -

Janis: Or it could be some strange disease... a parasite from sushi?

Janis & Judy Jance

Janis & Judy Jance

Pat: - narrated a bunch of stories for the Stars anthology, hired a literary agent, hired new business managers, signed with a new music publisher - found new things to put on your site...

Janis: ...or maybe you can get brain bedbugs? I've been staying at an awful lot of hotels...

Pat: Wasn't this the summer you were going to stay home and write your next album? Just because you're up for two Audie Awards, doesn't mean you have to spend an entire week in New York traipsing around to parties and panels and hosting teas at Book Expo and APAC -

Janis: <Still not listening.> I really need to get some work done. I've been sitting around on my butt for days now...

Pat: - and then you're off to LA to record Miriam Therese Winter's autobiography for Audible.com when you can barely pronounce half the words, since when do nice Jewish girls talk about “schola” and sing songs written by a Catholic nun?! Not to mention -

Janis, Andrea, Cynthia, Alison and Diana

Janis, Andrea, Cynthia, Alison and Diana

Janis: Maybe it's menopause? I should have my blood checked.

Pat: It's not menopause. You've been in menopause for years now. Possibly decades. I live with it. On top of all that -

Janis: No, probably not menopause. I'm too young for that.

Pat: - I just know you're going to visit the Big Bang Theory set again while you're narrating that Maggie Schein book about some cantos lost in some cave with a weird name, which I can understand because of the forward by Pat Conroy and you still have that letter he wrote you decades ago -

Janis: Narcolepsy? No, I stay awake most of the day. Most days...

Pat: - and then off to Chicago for the American Library Association convention so you can introduce The Tiny Mouse personally to all those librarians, and I know you love libraries but you didn't have to agree to close out the entire convention with a show!

Janis: Maybe I should go to the doctor.

Pat: You don't need a doctor! You need to slow down!! Why on earth are you teaching at Swannanoa again? Yes, you love Warren Wilson College, yes, the Pearl Foundation endows a scholarship there, yes, the Foundation's given away $700,000 in scholarships to a bunch of schools so far, but what can an artist possibly learn from you that they can't learn from your website?

Janis: I'll have more energy if I lose weight. Maybe I'll stop drinking. Or eating. Or looking in mirrors.

Janis & Melissa at Big Bang Theory

Janis & Melissa at Big Bang Theory

Pat: And now you're talking about a children's album, plus your own, and when are you going to write them is what I'd like to know? How you managed to finish "I'm Still Standing" and get it up on Youtube is beyond me - and you've already signed on to narrate more books!

Janis: Or wearing clothes. If I stop wearing clothes, I don't have to worry about whether they fit.

Pat: Janis. Are you listening to me at all?!

Janis: ...

Pat: Did you hear a single word I said?

Janis: I have a few days between events, Pat. I'll teach Gracie Mae the backstroke while I'm home. That way she can get some exercise and still leave her mouth free to catch flies. Don't worry about it, I've got it covered.

Pat: <sighs in defeat> Thanks....

Janis Ian

Janis

Hot News
  • Ebay Auction To Benefit The Pearl Foundation

    Please share!! As many of you know, my wife and I moved recently, downsizing from 4,500 sq ft to 1,000. We have no room left for most of my "stuff"!!! so I'm in the process of donating my archives, so most of my memorabilia is going there - however, my friend Joan Maute helped me select things that seemed appropriate for Pearl Foundation fundraisers. We are beginning with a 7-day auction with multiple items.This auction will end Sunday, May 16th at 4:00PM PT.

  • Pearl Foundation Update

    Astonished and grateful to say that the Pearl Foundation has donated $44,000 in scholarship endowments for the year 2020, bringing our grand total to $1,235,500.00 in scholarship funding, with more than 75 graduates to date. Thank you all for your support!

  • New Album Hope Now Available!

    Hope, a collection of 12 pieces from the Janis Ian Archives, ranging from 1976 to 2011, is now available exclusively in the Janis Ian Store. On sale as a digital album only, most of these tracks have never been heard before. Visit the store for more information and download options!! Hope will be available at other online stores and streaming services sometime after the new year.

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on May 5, 2021

  • Sunday June 27 to Saturday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their 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

  • Sunday July 04 to Saturday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their 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

  • Sunday July 11 to Saturday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their 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

  • Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their 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

  • Sunday July 25 to Saturday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their 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

  • Thursday, February 24th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Friday, February 25th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Saturday, February 26th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Sunday, February 27th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Sunday, March 6th

    The Magnolia, El Cajon, CA

    The Magnolia

    El Cajon, CA

    Phone: 619-651-2004

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo show. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

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