Mama Nibbles: Lisa Loeb Interview - Crayola Inside the Crayon Box

Lisa Loeb Interview - Crayola Inside the Crayon Box


         Crayola recently hosted an “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat interview with Lisa Loeb.  If you missed it you can watch the video below:
     After the live chat a few bloggers including myself were contacted and asked if we wanted to have Lisa answer a few interview questions.  I was so nervous to ask her anything because I am a fan and didn't even know where to start but I came up with a few questions about her creativity:

Heidi: What is your favorite song to belt out at in the shower/in the car/for karaoke? Do you ever catch yourself singing a silly song you wrote in your head?
Lisa: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one I've always loved singing when it comes on the radio.  I don't do as much karaoke as I should. : ) When I catch myself singing a silly song in my head, it's just considered songwriting, and I try to record my ideas into a phone or write it down for another time I can sit down and finish the song to share with others.
Heidi: What is your inspiration for writing your children's songs?
Lisa: I started writing children's songs because I had an opportunity to make an album that was different from the grownup albums and songs I've written since I was a teenager. I was specifically inspired by "Free to Be You and Me" and "Really Rosie," two albums made up of songs that tell stories, and also generally sound like grownup music with themes and lyrics but are a little more appropriate for kids.  
Heidi: Where do you draw (creative) inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Lisa: Creative inspiration is often fired up with coffee in the morning, and then ideas come from a number of places, and most times it's just a melody or phrase in my head.  When I collaborate, it's often more of a plan, like when I write with Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty. When we came up with the ideas for the Silly Songs sing-along book, and my Camp Lisa album. We thought about themes we wanted to cover, like trying to write a song about an inanimate item of food and it's adventures, inspired by "On Top of Spaghetti," and we came up with "The Disappointing Pancake," which also had the added bonus of having an inspiring message: you might not be great at what think your primary purpose in life might be, but in the end, you'll find you might have a lot of other great qualities and purpose in life. Other themes for the Camp record included waking up at camp, "Wake Up," saying goodbye at camp, "It's not Goodbye," and "Going Away," a fun song that includes the long list of everything you think you need at sleep away camp, and more. With the Silly Song Sing-along, we also included a song about having a cold and others not understanding what you're saying, "A Co Di By Dose," and "Opposite Day," which is pretty self-explanatory.  
My favorite part of the process of writing is realizing I have an idea and then realizing when the song is coming together. Ooh, when the song is finished it's also great!  It's just the middle part in which the ideas might not be flowing as quickly, or the puzzle of connecting the ideas with music and lyrics are moving slowly that are not as fun.
Heidi: Do you ever get nervous when you have to perform?
Lisa: I always get a little nervous when I perform. I want to do a good job, and there are just some butterflies in my stomach reminding me that there's an audience out there! Once I'm on stage, I'm always fine. 
Heidi: What’s your favorite (creative) thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?
Lisa: Some of my favorite creative things to do are coloring or painting with my daughter, doodling on my own with sparkly markers, doing crossword puzzles, and free writing. Although I haven't had as much free time lately with so many projects in progress, a two year old daughter, and being pregnant and getting ready for our second child, due in June. 
     Check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa's Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

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