Back in the summer of '91, before her claim to fame as the singer-songwriter with the cat-eyed glasses, Lisa Loeb was putting on coffeehouse-style impromptu concerts at Wellesley College—the then campus of the Senior Program—alongside college friend/roommate and Explo faculty member Liz Mitchell [Senior Faculty '91]. The duo from Brown University class of '90 had formed the aptly named band Liz and Lisa, and produced two albums, the first self-titled along with the following Days are Different.
After singing backup in Lisa's chart-topping “Stay (I Missed You)”—which Ethan Hawke famously pushed to include on the soundtrack of the Gen X favorite Reality Bites—Mitchell charted the course of her own music career. In Brooklyn, Liz composed, sang, and played the guitar in the indie rock band Ida, formed by she and her future husband Dan Littleton. The group's gentle folk rock sound was the perfect segue to her foray into children's music.
With her folk sensibilities, Liz's albums You Are My Flower (1999), You Are My Sunshine (2002), and You Are My Little Bird (2006) breathe new life into childhood standbys such as “Skip to My Lou” and “Froggy Went a Courtin.” (Important side note: Liz managed to slip in her rendition Bob Marley's “Three Little Birds” for parental enjoyment!)
Check out Liz on tambourine and Lisa strumming guitar in following music video for the title song of Catch the Moon (2003), the reunited duo's children's album. With tracks ranging from the French Bedtime song “Fais Do Do” to Bob Dylan's “New Morning,” the collection of tunes has a little something for everyone.
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