What I can tell you that you'll see tonight or tomorrow is a new, crisp design to her website. I give it a thumbs up but I know some people don't care for change and may regret the absence of the old look.
It's really a nice look. I was going to note her tour dates; however, she had surgery on her hand and I'm not sure which dates she'll be able to make. "Trigger finger" is some guitar condition. She writes at the website that she went in to have her finger fixed only to have the doctor tell her there were two and not just one. Hopefully she's recovering (I believe she is from what she wrote) and will be back to providing that great gift of her's to her fans.
We saw her near Boston when her book was out in hardcover and she was just great. She really is a show. It's an experience. There are a lot of people who can hold your attention but she can do that and also make you feel so good about the world, about yourself, about life in general. She takes an audience and makes them feel they've had an experience like nothing before. I was really surprised by that because she is such a tiny person (she's short) and yet she just dominates the stage with this presence.
I think she could have emerged -- with the same pipes and talent -- as an adult in 1938 and held her own in the big band era. She's a real performer. (And I mean that as a huge compliment.)
I'm nosing around the sale, trying to find something I don't have. I've got all the CDs. I'm going to go look at the DVDs and see if there's anything there that I'd like to pick up. The prices are amazing. I bought a disc -- double disc -- of her live at a CD Warehouse near Tampa (I think near Tampa) for $26.00 used. She's selling that same concert discs for $5.00. If you're reading this and it's Tuesday night and not yet midnight, please go to Janis Ian's website and see if there's anything you want. You'll be doing yourself a favor (and all sales go to benefit the Pearl Foundation -- a foundation she set up in honor of her late mother).
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"