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22 Sep

Tunesday: Janis Ian

There are fewer things more exciting then a really good example of life imitating art or vice versa. It’s like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.  In one of my new favorite examples of such meta culture, Tina Fey wins the award for being the most fetch.

Mean Girls was uniquely relevant and has maintained unusual and unexpected social significance and influence. It is one of those films that not only everyone likes (don’t lie), but that has also permanently influenced our vernacular, so much so, The White House even quoted Gretchen Weiners!

That aside, this Tunesday is all about Janis Ian.

No. Not the character, but more importantly, the creatively surreptitious inspiration behind the character: Janis Ian-Singer.

With a calming voice similar to Carole king and Carly Simon, Janis Ian’s most famous song is called “At Seventeen.” Her moving lyrics, relatable to anyone who has gone through puberty, captures the essence of every school’s Janis Ian character.  I wanted to select a few key lines to highlight, but it was an impossible task because every line is important and honest and true.  So here are the first few and click below for the full masterpiece. Make sure to follow along as you listen to the song!

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear-skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired

The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth


In my opinion. Part of Tina Fey’s success is in her ability to tie in an unparalleled understanding of culture and cultural references into her comedy.  I have a hard time remembering who sang that one song I liked from a few years ago… but maybe that’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets.

P.S. I was informed of this wonderfully and relatively unknown fact by my mother, who isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom.  Also, if you like political humor click here.

Gabrielle Levy
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