Alex Blaze

Queer Music Friday - Janis Ian

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 11, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Janis Ian, queer music

Folk musician Janis Ian is probably best known for this song, "At Seventeen," which is an interesting mix of folk and samba.

Here's a performance from when she was 16 of a song she wrote when she was 14, "Society's Child":

And here's a more recent video of Ian - "When the Party's Over":

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Regan DuCasse | March 11, 2011 7:21 PM

No, I'm thinking bossa nova is the musical style here. Samba has heavy conga beats, and is more percussive than melodic.
Bossa nova is light, almost airy, with more brush on snare sound at the base.
Both of course, are Brazilian.

I do however, love this song.

Yeah, and sambas are generally a bossa nova "twice as fast".

But I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with this song when I first heard it on Saturday Night (Live).....she was 1 of 2 musical guests (Billy Preston was the other) with George Carlin as host. Gave me chills it was so beautiful...with her at the piano.

Janis' music was among my favorite when I was growing up and then I lost her for over two decades. Quite my chance I rediscovered her one day. It was as though everything she sang in some way applied to my life as it had evolved. I've become a "groupie." I go to her small concerts and buy her music which has a prominent represetnatioin on my iPhone. She's a wonderful song writer, singer, musician and humanitarian.