Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Grand Bargain" and I say, "Yea! Isaiah!" He captured it perfectly. We're such idiots, set up by this crap over and over.
Hey, Ann Wilson, Janis Ian and Carly Simon are in the snapshot today. One is doing a live concert online, another is singing the National Anthem at a Cowboys-Redskins football game Thursday and a third is hitting Texas as part of her latest tour:
We talked about women and the literary canon. One of the many women who paved the way for so many others and went on to become one of the great American songwriters is singer-songwriter Carly Simon. She's won the Grammy (twice), she's won the Golden Globe, she's been honored with The ASCAP Founders Award, she's even won an Academy Award. This Wednesday night, she's doing a web concert with her children Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor. It kicks off at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM Central and 5:00 PM Pacific. It is a forty minute concert. Tickets are $20 with a portion going to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Carly is notoriously stage shy. She could make a ton of money today if she did a national tour. She's one of the few acts that could make a ton of money. And one reason she could haul in that money (I'm not talking a ten date tour, I'm talking across the country) is because she has toured so rarely and so many of her fans across the country haven't had the pleasure of seeing her live (though they've wanted to). The tours have been very rare and tended to be short ones. This is a chance -- first-come-first-serve, there are about 90 tickets left -- for you to see her regardless of your location. The concert is Wednesday. And Sally and Ben are their own artists. You can hear strains of their parents in them but they are their own artists with their own unique talents so the concert should really be something. And Ben is also the guest on NPR's Mountain Stage -- the program may have already aired today in your area but you can check it out here -- 41 minutes of audio and also a video of him performing "It Really Doesn't Matter To You." I haven't had time to stream the concert but I do know "It Really Doesn't Matter To Me" and I think it's among his best, right up there with "Wicked Ways."
And while I'm plugging music, Janis Ian is an amazing artist, real, genuine, able to touch the heart. A very gifted artist and a sweet woman. A music producer friend asked me awhile back to note that Janis -- who is always on the road -- was performing in Dallas, Texas at a very intimate venue. This was going to be the first time Janis was in Dallas in some time and, again, it was a club where every seat was supposed to be a great seat. So we were more than happy to include it. The same friend called to ask that we note that Janis hits Texas next month and will perform at One World Theatre in Austin on Monday, December 10th; Dosey Doe in The Woodlands on December 9th; and Saturday, December 8th, Janis will be back in Dallas at Hamon Hall. As Ann and Nancy Wilson can tell you, if you can get Texas behind you, you can always tour. As a state, its history hasn't been to be trendy and, if you give a good show, concert goers will show up for the career highs as well as the more mellow periods. Janis is one of the premiere concert artists. She is not going through the motions, she is creating a show. She's a legend on the road and, if you're able to check her out, please do so. Click here for her full touring schedule. But, I'm not joking, it's known in the music industry that if you can get into the Texas circuit and give a strong show, concert goers will show up for years to come. They really value music -- and not trends -- in Texas. (That's also the reputation Louisiana has and why smart stage performers like Stevie Nicks always include those regions when planning a tour.)
And the friend I'm dictating this to asked if I was going to mention Ann? I didn't know Ann Wilson had something this week. Ann and her sister Nancy are the trail blazing rockers behind Heart which has a new album Fanatic (Kat raved over it here) -- on sale for only $6.99 as an Amazon download right now, a tour and also a wonderful book Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll (Ava and I loved it). But Thursday, November 22nd, (that's Thanksgiving Day), Ann will be performing the National Anthem, broadcast on Fox TV, at the Dallas Cowboys versus the Washington Redskins football game. The game's scheduled to start at 2:15 PM EST, 3:15 Central, 1:15 Pacifica. Along with being on Fox TV (that's the entertainment channel that airs The Simpsons, Fringe, etc. -- I know Fox has a ton of channels), it will also be broadcast on Sirius Radio (channel 93). So Ann sings the National Anthem. And she's someone who can. Many don't have the range for that song, it's a hard one to sing. Ann's got the range and, goodness knows, the power so it should be something to see and hear.
Yea for the three women! Yea for C.I. for pulling that together. I agree, Ann Wilson should nail the "Star Spangled Banner" so good that other stars are scared to perform it. That woman can put some power to that song.
And Dallas community members, please check out Janis Ian's show. Was it 2008 when she was there last? I forget (you know my memory). But you obviously turned out and gave her a war welcome if she's returning so make a point to see a great show by a great artist. Somewhere at this site, I wrote about a Janis concert -- actually I wrote about it several times -- that I saw in the last few years and how amazing it was. And how that surprised me.
Janis is a great artist but she's a small woman. (She's short. She's not small-minded.) But when she's on the stage, she's ten-feet tall. She really commands the stage and gives a concert that's a real event.
I would encourage everyone to see Janis at least once because she really turns in something magical.
Carly. I'm fine with the 20 dollars. I've already paid. But I'm just not sure I'll be able to stream. (That's not me whining. It's for a good cause and even if it wasn't I'd still toss in my twenty.) The night before Thanksgiving is always crazy for me. And when I get all my family stuff done, I have to turn around and make fudge (remember, that's what I make every Thanksgiving and Christmas). Now by the time I do fudge, no problem. And because I'm on the West Coast, I'm hopeful I'll be home by then. But I do have nephews and nieces and the day before Thanksgiving is traditionally a day that we run around getting things they can fix and a few of them have always done Christmas shopping then too.
I never had kids (didn't want to) so my nephews and nieces knew and know, "Aunt Kat will do this for us." And that's traditionally a day when I'm the limo driver, the personal shopper, a babysitter if need be, a life coach, you name it.
So I should be home by the time the concert starts (a few hours before hand). And if I'm home alone, I'll be streaming. If I'm home with family and we're fixing dishes for Thanksgiving, I may not even notice the time.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"