Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ I have the honor of sharing an interview I recently did with two-time Grammy nominee Lisa Loeb! You may know Lisa from her platinum-selling hit #1 single ‘Stay (I Missed You), her various voice-over roles in shows such as ‘Spider-Man: The New Animated Series’, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’, ‘Doc McStuffins’, etc., her eyewear line, or the various other projects that Lisa has had over the past two decades. In this interview we discuss Lisa’s music, eyewear line, her charitable foundation ‘Camp Lisa’, her musical influences, and so much more! Also please keep an eye out for Lisa’s singles ‘3,2,1 Let Go’, and ‘The Disappointing Pancake’, which will be released on vinyl via Blacktop Records on July 8th, 2016. You can also pick up the records at any of Lisa’s upcoming shows:
June 21 – Wolf Trap Theater-in-the-Woods, Virginia
June 22 – Sundown Music Series, Haddon Heights, NJ
July 10 – Oakville Children’s Festival, Ontario
July 11 – Stratford Masonic Concert Hall – Stratford, Ontario (SOLD OUT)
July 12 – Stratford Masonic Concert Hall – Stratford, Ontario
July 13 – Adelaide Hall – Toronto, Ontario
So now let’s get to the interview! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Celinda: First of all I would like to thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. Personally I am such a huge fan of your music, and I know that my readers are excited to hear about all of your new projects. Since we are on the topic of music, what/who would you say originally sparked your interest in music? Also, which bands/artists have influenced your music that would surprise your fans?
Lisa: That’s such a huge question. There are so many musicians and performers who inspired me. My family, the music around me growing up, my friends’ taste in music, the music I was played at school and the music we sang and played at school, music I learned in piano and later guitar lessons, music on the radio. Wow, so much music all around me. I usually think of The Police as the band that made me want to play guitar in a band and write music. I also loved David Bowie’s dramatic singing, writing, storytelling, and all-around aura. I’m hugely influenced by Led Zeppelin, Olivia Newton John, The Cure, and soft pop from the 1970’s like Bread.
Celinda: I can definitely hear all of those influences in your music. So, how does it feel that Stay (I Missed You) is still such a recognizable and beloved song 22 years after its’ initial release?
Lisa: I love it. I think it’s incredible that people connect with me and my song so many years later. People really have sweet nostalgia as well as a current identification with the song. I think that’s why it’s still so powerful so many years later.
Celinda: Now let’s move on to the live action acting you’ve done on television and for films. Did you always want to foray into acting or was it something that you grew to love later in life?
Lisa: I always wanted to be actor, maybe even before I wanted to be a musician. I like the idea of being able to try on different characters and jobs and personalities. (That just sounded crazy.) I think it’s amazing to put yourself in another person’s shoes. I loved doing theater in school and college and always studied theater during the summers. I still use my acting training a lot during live performances and interpreting my own songs night after night. I still hope to spend more time training and doing more acting soon!
Celinda: That’s so exciting, I know I speak for all of your fans when I say we’re excited to see which acting projects you might take on in the future! Along with your live action acting, you’ve also voiced numerous characters on various videos games and television shows such as: ‘Spider-Man: The New Animated Series’, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’, ‘Doc McStuffins’, etc., do you feel that your experience as a recording artist has helped you become more comfortable and confident as a voice actress?
Lisa: My acting experience coupled with recording music in the studio has really come together for voice acting. It’s a place I feel really comfortable and love the collaboration of working with producers, writers, directors, and engineers to come up with the right sound for the animated shows, commercials, and other voice work I do.
Celinda: I would like to take a moment to mention that I love your eyewear line; all of the pieces are gorgeous and very fashionable. Is there a story behind the creation of your eyewear line, or is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
Lisa: The eyewear line is a dream come true. I’m a huge fan of glasses and finding the perfect pair for myself! I think glasses can add so much to a person’s face and can help express how a person sees life and how they relate to others. I love that my eyewear line can help women look beautiful, stylish, flirty, classic, and confident. People look to me for that and now I can finally help people. Literally, fans and people who like my glasses and my look stop me on the street to talk about glasses. I thought it was time for me to get more involved. We have lots of tortoiseshell, pops of color, shapes and sizes for different faces and skin tones. I love when people tell me that they wear their glasses because I wear my glasses.
Celinda: All of the pieces are amazing; you definitely have a great eye for fashion. Moving on, I would like to firstly congratulate you for all of the accomplishments that your organization ‘The Camp Lisa Foundation’ has achieved; it is truly inspiring to see artists give back. What would you say has been the most rewarding part of ‘Camp Lisa’, and what do you hope the foundation will accomplish in the future?
Lisa: It’s amazingly rewarding knowing that kids are going to have a summer camp experience, helping them build their confidence and character as well as connecting them to summer fun. I hope the foundation can continue to send more kids to summer camp! Buying my Camp Lisa record, my “Wake Up!” Blend coffee from https://www.coffeefool.com/collections/charity-coffees and making direct donations to me through The Camp Lisa Foundation through www.LisaLoeb.com are great ways that you can help!
Celinda: Your foundation’s mission is truly beautiful and will definitely continue making a positive impact on numerous children. So I read on your website that you earned a degree in comparative literature from Brown University; did you always aspire to become an author? Also, what inspired you to write children’s books?
Lisa: I really should have studied theater, music, psychology- all areas that interested me the most, but at the time I felt I needed a liberal arts major, and that was it. I’ve always enjoyed interpretation, and meta-thinking, and overthinking, so it seemed like a good major. I think it’s important to spend quiet connected time with kids, away from the TV and the computers and phones. These illustrated books help a parent/caregiver/teacher do just that. These books are fun to explore and read and re-read. I made two kids’ books of lyrics, activities, and recipes for kids ‘Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs’ and ‘Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-tapping Tunes’ and I think a lot of those songs would make really great board books one song at a time. I have a children’s book up my sleeve now too!
Celinda: That’s so interesting! I know we’re all super excited to read and hear this new book! Moving back to the topic of music for a second, your singles ‘3,2,1 Let Go’ and ‘The Disappointing Pancake’ will be released on 7inch vinyl on July 8th, 2016 in Canada via Blacktop Records. Personally I love the throwback feel of vinyl that you just can’t get with digital or even cd releases, but what inspired you to release these singles on vinyl?
Lisa: “3,2,1 Let Go!” is the kind of song you want to hear on vinyl, and since there’s only one song on each side, you really can focus on listening over and over to each song, since once you hear the songs, you’ll want to listen over and over. ; ) “The Disappointing Pancake” is one of my most popular songs, taken from both the ‘Camp Lisa’ record and the ‘Silly Sing-Along’ book, so I thought I’d highlight it here on this special release. Plus, even though it was originally written for kids, I think grownups enjoy hearing it- a story that’s different from your lost love song.
Celinda: Thank you again Lisa for taking the time to speak with me today, it was truly an honor. Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your fans who are reading this interview?
Lisa: I can’t wait to come to Canada! It’s been really too long since I’ve been there. Yay! Yay for us. I can’t wait to see you!
Keep up with everything Lisa is doing:
Eyewear Line: http://www.lisaloebeyewear.com/
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a topic that has sent the internet into a frenzy this past week. If you loved the ‘Harry Potter’ books then get your wands ready because we’re going back to the wizarding world. Now for most of us ‘Harry Potter’ mania has never fully gone away, and has continued to live on in the form of theme parks, fanfiction/fanart, and so much more. In October of 2015 we were told that the ‘Harry Potter’ universe would continue in the form of a stage play which would open at the Palace Theater in London, England on July 30th, 2016. Now needless to say, a lot of fans were upset because unfortunately not all of us can travel to London just to see a Harry Potter play (no matter how awesome that would be!). Luckily on February 10th of this year, it was announced that the play’s script would be available in book form on July 31st, 2016 (aka Harry Potter’s birthday) in both print and digital download. So now I know y’all are all super excited right? Right! So let’s jump into the plot of the play. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
So far we know that this story will take place during the time of the epilogue of the final book/movie (or 19 years after the final battle when Harry, Hermione, and Ron are 17). In this play we will see Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, who has to deal with the effects his past has on his new life. We have been told that we will also get to learn more about Harry’s parents, “an untold piece of Harry’s story” (which I’m guessing is either his life before the 1st book, or in between where the 8th book ends and this story begins). The story will also revolve around Harry’s son Albus, who is beginning his 1st year at Hogwarts, and will have to deal with the weight and expectations that come with his family’s legacy. Needless to say this book has already reached the #1 spot for pre-ordered books on Amazon, and will definitely do very well when it’s released. So what do you think people of the internet? Are you excited to learn more about Harry and his friend’s/family’s lives? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss a toy that most of us grew up playing with, or at the very least heard about on the playground. Yes, we’re talking about Barbie. Over the years we’ve seen Barbie take on numerous professions, but this year Barbie is truly changing history. It was recently announced that Mattel will release an Abby Wambach in honor of the soccer star’s career. The doll is dressed in Wambach’s U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team uniform, and even has her signature hairstyle. After the team’s impressive World Cup win in 2015 (which earned them the first ever Ticker Tape Parade for a women’s sports team), and their inclusion in the ‘EA Sports’ FIFA’ video game (which was the first time women were included in the game series), this has definitely been a BIG year for women’s soccer. So let’s jump into the blog post and discuss how this move by one of the world’s most loved toy companies is changing sports & pop culture as we know it. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Needless to say Abby Wambach has had an amazing career that spanned more than a decade, during which she was able to help bring Women’s soccer to the forefront of the American public’s minds. Wambach has said that she will focus her post soccer career as an advocate for LGBTQ & women’s rights. The marriage of Mattel and Abby Wambach is a perfect match because through this decision Mattel is proving that they are committed to diversifying their products as our culture changes. This will also help the sport of soccer as a whole, because it is one of the sports that most people only think about during the Olympics or World Cup. This seems to be the year that the sport (more specifically women in soccer), get the opportunity to truly become a part of sports & pop culture and garner the attention that they deserve. Good job Mattel!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss one of the most exciting announcements of 2016 so far (seriously it’s AMAZING!!!). Yes, we’re talking about the announcement of the ‘Gilmore Girls’ reboot. For 7 seasons ‘Gilmore Girls’ entertained us with the show’s witty writing, interesting characters, and overall charm. Now that we have the opportunity to go back to Stars Hallow and see how all of our fav characters are doing, I know we have so many questions. So let’s all meet at Luke’s Diner and discuss the burning questions we all want answered. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Everybody here? Ok then let’s begin!
3) What is Rory’s relationship status and what career path did she take?
Throughout the duration of the show we saw Rory with three boyfriends who were very different people, and helped Rory grow into the person she would become. When we last left Rory she rejected Logan’s (her college boyfriend) proposal and was single and ready to focus on her career. It will be interesting to see what Rory’s relationship status is now, and what career she chose. With her intellect the sky was truly the limit, so I know that we’re all anxious to see where they’ll go with her character.
2) How the show will honor Richard’s memory after Edward Herrmann’s passing, and how Emily handles this?
I know that we will all miss seeing Edward Herrmann on our screens because of his unbelievable talent, and the amazing way he was able to help mold Richard into a character that we all still love and respect. Emily (Richard’s wife for anyone who doesn’t know) was always a very complex, and often confusing character to understand, so I’m really excited to see how her character will evolve and change as she adjusts to the life of a widow (btw Kelly Bishop who played Emily confirmed that Emily is now a widow).
1) Did Luke and Lorelei ever get married?
Yes we’ve reached the BIG question on everyone’s minds! I mean we loved Lorelei, we loved Luke, and more importantly we loved them together, so c’mon ‘Gilmore Girls’ writers let’s make this happen (please don’t break our little hearts and sink this ship, we might never recover for the shock…seriously 😩).
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a character from the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise that we went on a real roller coaster of feels with. As soon as we saw Professor Snape, we felt anger, dislike, perhaps hate towards him, but over the years this character grew in unsuspected ways, and became many fan’s favorite character in the franchise. In the wake of Alan Rickman’s tragic passing, I decided that it would be a great idea to countdown Mr. Rickman’s ‘Top 5 Greatest Snape Moments’. Now I know that he did a lot of other amazing movies and plays, and that there are way more than 5 great Snape moments in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and books. However, for the purpose of this post, I limited the countdown to one scene per film (even though I didn’t include 2 films in order to keep the list shorter), and we’re only discussing scenes that are found in the films. So now let’s get to the fun. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
5) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone:
Ok now technically some of this scene was cut in the final movie but it’s included on the DVD release so we’ll count it. I love how this is the first scene that we get to see Snape interact with Harry, and he completely terrifies/enrages us all at the same time. Alan Rickman did an amazing job of making Snape an instant villain, and we also got the birth of sassy Harry so this is definitely a scene you’ll want to watch again and again.
4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
Honestly I think that this is really an underrated scene. By this point you either love or hate Snape (depending on your opinion of villian characters), however whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that Snape is really cool in this scene. This was the first of many amazing dueling scenes that we would see Alan Rickman in, and this really adds a cool vibe to Snape’s character.
3) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban:
Personally this scene between Snape, Sirius, and Professor Lupin is probably one of my favorite scenes in the franchise, because it’s funny and revealing. We get a chance to not only meet Sirius and get to know more about Professor Lupin, but we also get to see the dynamic that the three characters must have shared when they were in school (siriusly when is that marauders movie coming out…ok I know that this pun was cheesy but I couldn’t help it).
2) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince:
I think that we can all agree that one of the saddest moments in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise was when Dumbledore died. At that moment I’m sure everyone hated Snape, and we were all convinced that he had betrayed the man who put so much faith in him. Honestly Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gabon, and everyone else in that scene did such an amazing job that we really felt the anguish and loss of everyone’s favorite Headmaster. This was truly one of Alan Rickman’s greatest ‘Harry Potter’ moments and shows just how talented of an actor he was, from his facial expressions, to the way his voice shakes when he says that final spell, truly a magical performance.
1) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2:
Ok and now we’ve reached the scene that EVERY ‘Harry Potter’ fan knows and gets the feels over. Yes we’ve reached the ‘Always’ scene, now prepare to cry. In this scene we learned so much about Snape that it literally changed how we looked at all of his scenes up to this point. This is a moment that all Harry Potter fans truly treasure because it not only showed what a great author J.K. Rowling is, but also how Alan Rickman was able to take such a complex character and change him from a villain into a hero in a single scene. A truly breathtaking performance that we will remember, always. RIP Alan Rickman, we raise our wands up to you!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a new invention that I’m sure you’ve all heard of by now. In 2013 T.J. Evarts, his sisters, and his friends (aka possibly the smartest group of teens on the planet) premiered their invention the ‘SMARTwheel’ on ABC’s show ‘Shark Tank’ and thus introduced us to the future of safe driving. In 2010 T.J. (then 14 years old) decided to try to find a solution to the texting and driving problems that kids (and really everybody) faces. Over the next 6 years T.J. and his group would develop a product that will not only save lives, but will change the way we drive. There have only been a few people who you can say have truly changed an industry and I think that it’s safe to say that T.J. and his group will soon join this exclusive group. So now that you know a little bit about the history of the ‘SMARTwheel’ I’m sure you’re wondering what this product actually does right? Well keep reading to find out! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The ‘SMARTwheel’ has a sensor that produces a buzzing sound and flashing lights when you take both or one of your hands off of the wheel. When you put your hands back on the proper position then the flashing lights and buzzing sound stops. The ‘SMARTwheel’ also has sensors that allow you answer your phone (through the use of a Bluetooth headset), and adjust your windshield wiper speed without taking your hands off of the wheel. Also, when you purchase the wheel, you can get a free app that records how often you take your hands off of the wheel, forms charts & graphs to track how your driving habits change over time, and gives you a grade based off of your progression. The wheel is scheduled to go on sale on smartwheelusa.com in the next few months, and will be priced at $199 (but besides the fact that this product could save your life, you can also get free mp3 songs and gas cards if you buy this product and keep your hands on the wheel). With everyone from MIT, President Obama, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood endorsing this product, it definitely seems like something worth checking out.