You can blame Janis Ian for this one! In fact, you should go to "janisian.com" and learn all about the Better Times Project -- which this video was inspired by (and also about Janis' Pearl Foundation). Go right now. I'll wait...
Ah, you're back. Good. Anyway, this is Janis' song "Better Times Will Come", or at least, my interpretation of it. Janis has given the tune to several other musicians, all of them much better than me, and so their interpretations are also out there to be explored.
"Better Times Will Come" is a great sing-along song in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and other well-known folk singers.
And as is traditional here, this is a First Take production: just me in the basement, with no post-processing or fixing of mistakes (all of which are mine!). I hope you enjoy, and I hope that if you're not familiar with all of Janis' fantastic oeuvre (and if you're not, why not?) then go and listen to her music: you'll become a fan of hers like me and Denise!
I remember her as a teenager on Johnny Carson, and in Sing Out! magazine in the Society's Child days.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Denise and I have had the good fortune to connect with her occasionally at science fiction conventions or when she's come to town to play a concert. She's done some writing in my genre, and she was good friends with Mike Resnick, who was a local Cincinnati writer and editor and who gave Janis help as she was starting to write fiction. Mike introduced us to her. I knew her from her early recordings, and found that I like pretty much all of her stuff, new and old. She's truly a great performer and has a large, loyal following.