So how did THIS happen? How was it that I, Tim Chizmar a noted writer of Horror and Silliness came to be in the presence of the whimsical and pixie LISA Freeeeaking LOEB!? The Queen of 90’s soul yearning ballads was in my circle… I can’t believe she wasn’t off in Lovely Magicland floating on a balloon made of bubblegum and Candyland pieces…
but no, she was at The 2018 Las Vegas Book Fest of which I happened to be a panelist and be running the HWA booth with the co-chair Mercedes WHO BY THE WAYYYY LOVES Lisa too!!! Ahhhhh!!! We freaked out together. Total fan moment. Utterly surreal.
*Here I am on my panel talking Spookiness
*How is it that we live to meet our heroes? Amazing.
In case you live under a rock, Here’s some info on the Lovely and Magically talented LISA LOEB
Dallas native, Lisa Loeb, is a 2018 GRAMMY Award-winning singer songwriter, touring musician and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with several hit singles and six albums, two which were certified gold.
Lisa is also well known to parents and kids for her five children’s albums and two illustrated children’s books with music. Lisa recently collaborated to develop and write the children’s musical “Camp Kappawanna,” which debuted at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company. Inspired by her own love of summer camp, in 2008, Lisa started The Camp Lisa Foundation, which sends under-served kids to summer camp. In 2015, The American Camp Association of New England named Lisa Loeb as their Camp Champions Honoree with a gala celebration at Fenway Park.
Over the last three years, Lisa has released three children’s albums that are exclusively available with Amazon. In January 2018, her family friendly album, “Feel What U Feel,” won the Grammy for Best Children’s Album, along with rave reviews and The Parents Choice Award. Among other shows, Lisa provides voice talent for the animated series “Creative Galaxy” and composes the original songs for the Emmy nominated, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series. Her songs from the series make up a soundtrack album that was released in June of 2018 exclusively with Amazon.
Often recognized for her iconic cat-eyed glasses, Lisa redefines how women accessorize with her own eyewear line. As an entrepreneur, Lisa oversees the business and eyewear design of Lisa Loeb Eyewear. It’s an ever-growing collection, available at optical shops as well as Costco, where women’s styles and children’s frames are available. As an actor, Lisa’s recent film and television appearances include “AP Bio,” John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” “About a Boy,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” “King of The Nerds,” and Sprout Channel’s “Sunny Side Up Show” (now “Sprout House” on Universal Kids). You might have also heard her voice on commercials including Alfa Romeo, Foster Farms Chicken and Chili’s.
A recent personal honor for Lisa was being asked by editor, Will Shortz, to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of The New York Times crossword by creating an original puzzle with pro, Doug Peterson. Other recent highlights and appearances include contributing a cover version of “All the Young Dudes” for Howard Stern’s David Bowie Special on Sirius XM, leading a kids’ songwriting workshop in Sydney, Australia with AMP, and a two-week residency at the legendary Carlyle Hotel in New York.
When she is not at home in Los Angeles with her husband, Roey, two children, Lyla and Emet, and her cat, Sweetie McGee, Lisa enjoys performing all over the world and entertaining audiences of all ages.
Photo credit Juan Patino
DON’T MISS OUT ON SEEING HER LIVE:
Upcoming dates are:
- November 8, Sacramento, CA The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts
- November 10 Seattle, WA Admiral Theater
- December 6 – Raleigh, NC Stags Head Music Hall
- December 7 – Norfolk, VA Attucks Theater
- December 9 – Arden DE, Gild Hall
- January 27th in Vegas at the JCC
So in conclusion, she was EVERYTHING I’d have dreamed she’d be. Sweet, polite, encouraging and friendly. We were lucky enough to meet her briefly backstage and she was so charming to put up with us FANNING all over her. I’d listened to her albums since I was in high school, watched her reality show NUMBER ONE SINGLE, and I’d even did a parody of STAY as a comedy skit once. She is amazing, her voice and poetry just lift the listener off our feet. I picked up her latest album, had her sign it and been listening to it since Saturday. She’s the BEST. There will never be another Lisa Loeb and gosh darn it you betta go see her, AND when you do there’s a good chance some horror writers are in the crowd watching her with you.
*Co-chairs of the Horror Writers Association Las Vegas Chapter & a magical Pixie…