Well hello! Nice to see you again! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving!
I’m sorry I have not written in a few months. I’ve been busy with my current grad school class. It’ll end next week, and then I’ll be starting the next one in January. I still have a long way to go, but I’m really enjoying it. I believe you are never too old to stop learning. I’ve also been busy at the center. And I’ve been writing a lot. Still no word on my children’s book yet, but I know it will happen when the right agent comes along. 🙂
So anyway, I’m writing now because I went to see a phenomenal singer/songwriter on November 21st. Her name is Janis Ian. You might know her songs “Society’s Child” and “At Seventeen,” along with others. Well, she’s written and performed countless others. Her lyrics are pure poetry to me. I have all of her albums on vinyl, and I’m working on getting the rest on CD.
She performed at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center at Harrisburg Area Community College. If you know me, then you know I went to HACC for two years before transferring to Penn State to finish my BA in English. The auditorium was packed full of fans. I really enjoyed the show. She sang so many great songs, like “Jesse,” “Bright Lights and Promises,” “If I Could Hear You Sing Again” (it was originally begun by Woody Guthrie, but Janis wrote the rest and recorded it), “Society’s Child,” “At Seventeen,” and a gorgeous encore of “Over the Rainbow” that gave me goosebumps. My late grandmother loved rainbows, and I think she would have liked Janis Ian.
After the show, Mom and I waited in line (which was long) to meet Janis. One thing that I will always love about her is that no matter how tired she is after a show, she will meet and talk to every single fan in line. And she is so kind. I met her before at Kutztown University, and she gave me a hug and encouragement for my writing career, along with a good luck gift (a necklace she was wearing). This time, she remembered who I was (I wore the necklace) and told me where to send my writing to her :-). She took a picture with me, and signed everything I brought (her autobiography, two vinyl record sleeves) and what Mom bought for me (The Tiny Mouse book, her Strictly Solo CD). Then we talked about the albums I have of hers (my favorite is Between the Lines), and she asked if I had any of her CDs. No, just the ones I bought that night. So she turned to her merchandise manager and asked him to get a few of them for me. They had run out of a bunch of them, but he found her Hunger CD for me, and she signed it. I thanked her for it. It is a beautiful CD with great songs. I’m still floored that she just gave it to me, not expecting anything in return. It is definitely clear that she appreciates her fans because they helped her get to where she is. I am looking forward to the next time I can see her in concert because her performances are worth every penny and more.
Thank you, Janis Ian, for a wonderful evening full of beautiful music and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet your fans. I will always appreciate it.