The trouble with youtube (4 of 4) – Janis Ian

Link four in a chain of four.

Songs that tug at the heartstrings. Songs that stir the emotions. The great thing about Honey is that while admittedly slightly cheesy – it still has great emotional power. However with At Seventeen by Janis Ian we are on a different plane, with a song of enormous critical acclaim, and strong resonance with audiences down the years.

I remember becoming interested in Janis Ian at university, about five years after At Seventeen was released in 1975. On the strength of the single I bought the album – Between the Lines. It’s strong throughout and is recommended.

In this clip, Janis Ian is performing much later in life, in 2008. Up to 1:20 she talks as if responding to the question ‘do you ever get tired of At Seventeen


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