Lisa Loeb is a talented singer-songwriter whose twenty year career has spanned number one hits, television, business, and music for families. Lisa has now partnered with Amazon to release her new “Feel What You Feel” album and sing along video for her “Nursery Rhyme Parade” album. “Feel What You Feel” is folky and fun. On the album, Lisa is joined by numerous guest stars who add their unique styles to create music the whole family can enjoy. For this #8isEnoughQuestions interview, each question was written and asked by one of our Full Van Fun family members and answered directly by Lisa Loeb. Enjoy!
1. Your new album “Feel What U Feel” includes several talented artists such as actors/comedians Ed Helms and Craig Robinson and musicians Renee Stahl Dektor and Kyler England. But if you could go back in time and collaborate with any musician that’s ever lived, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Bowie just to get insight into how his mind works; McCartney, since he’s one of the greatest melody writers that ever lived; and Harold Arlin (who co-wrote the standards “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” “Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”).
2. What is your favorite feeling to feel?
I like feeling engaged. It’s deeper than just happy.
3. What impact do you hope your music has on children and their families?
I hope people enjoy listening to my music and also connect to the meanings of the songs. For example, “Say Hello” is a gentle reminder for people to respect each other and “see” one another. I also hope that people pay attention and are grateful for the small things in their lives and their own histories, like in my song “I Was Here.” I hope we can all respect and feel our feelings as in “Feel What U Feel,” and “It’s All Right to Cry.” I hope that listeners try new things and are proud of their accomplishments big and small, like in“You Can Count on Me.” I hope everyone gets support from the people around them at any age, as I express in “Count on Me (Lullaby.)” I hope people get all of these messages, but without feeling like they’re being hit over the head with them.
4. Do you sing songs a lot?
I sing most days: with the radio, with my kids making up songs, to myself walking around the house, often silently in my head, or played on my fingers on surfaces around the house. Sometimes I don’t notice I’m doing it. I just sing.
5. When you were a child, did you wish that you were going to become a songwriter when you grow up?
I really admired singers and creative people, and that probably led me to becoming a songwriter. The process of songwriting seemed like a magical mystery, even though I started writing songs when I was a young child.
6. Do you sleep do count sheep anymore?
I count breaths more than sheep.
7. Did you go to camp every summer when you were a kid?
I went to some kind of camp every summer. First it was day camps, including one that my friend’s older sister led in her backyard, and eventually I got to make it to the big times and go to sleepaway camp. Please check out the nonprofit I started Camp Lisa — we help send kids to camp!
8. Can you jump over pillows?
Usually, but I have to make sure they’re not super soft or secretly unstable. It’s easy to slip on a pillow, and then you wouldn’t be able to jump over pillows for awhile while you’re waiting for a sprained ankle to heal.
Thank you Lisa Loeb for joining us for an engaging #8isEnoughQuestions interview and don’t forget to check out “Feel What You Feel” on Amazon!
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