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Janis Ian Goshwow

I've never been to a Nebula Awards Banquet and only follow a bit of the related gossip, so I didn't know until an hour or two ago about Welcome Home, the song Janis Ian sang at last year's Nebs.

The tune is "At Seventeen"; the first line is even the same. After that...oh, my. It's a song that wraps my fannish heart with comfort and joy.

I came to science fiction much later than most, and I think of myself as far less informed than most about the classics and memes of our shared literature. But Janis welcomed me home with every line of "Welcome Home." It's a splendid reunion, and one I will long treasure.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch posted the lyrics and an mp3 with Janis' permission. Down the comments, Kris suggested: "For any of you who want to thank Janis in some way, go to her website and donate to the Pearl Foundation."

Oh, yeah. Absolutely. You bet. I gleefully typed $19.73 in the PayPal field; it was the just right thing for me to do.

Do read through the comments at Kris' post. Janis dropped in with totally charming thanks herself.

In my book, "Welcome Home" is a song, an anthem, that only Janis Ian could have created. In doing so, she has created a new masterpiece. Color me gob-smacked in all the right ways. Goshwow.

Thanks and a tip o'the link hat to Deb Geisler, where I first read about it.

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coffeeem
Jun. 11th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
A joy and a delight. Thanks for the heads-up, amiga!
peteyoung
Jun. 11th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
It's a lovely song to wake up to, and it's set my mood for the rest of the day, I think.
haniaw
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
What a wonderful gift to fandom. I've been crying for the last half hour.
jcbemis
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
I saw it from Steve Savitzky before Deb, but ... yes
lsanderson
Jun. 11th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
w00t!
It's awesome.
redbird
Jun. 11th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
Thanks.
threeringedmoon
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Jack and I were discussing whether she would be eligible for Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form. What do you think?
gerisullivan
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think I'd leave the question to the Hugo administrator, but I'd gladly nominate it in an instant.

(For the song itself, not the first performance of it at the Nebs since that was last year and therefore only eligible for this year's already-released ballot, IIUC.)
apostle_of_eris
Jun. 11th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
OMG, OMG, OMG

Welcome, Miklos. Welcome home.
kaffyr
Jul. 26th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
This comment is way overdue: I just listened for the second time, it brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. The first time I started crying between the time she mentioned scanners and Zenna Henderson and kept on bawling through the end and after.

Thanks for the information and all the links.

Edited at 2010-07-26 05:20 pm (UTC)
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