Wet spring in Seattle and a new CD...
March 27, 2017
Rainy in Seattle, and almost April. Holy crap, how time flies now that I'm the big 6-Oh. 2017 started out with a bang. I took an Olivia trip to Panama-Costa Rica, then Lynn and went to the Women's March on Washington in DC, the day after Cheeto took office. Half a million of us showed up to march-- women, men, kids, young, old. It was very inspirational, after the horror and depression following the election. Then we came back to celebrate my Big Ass Birthday Bash at the Triple Door (with Roxanna Ward, Vickie Shaw, Barbara Higbie, brother Dave, niece Quincy and lots of other wonderful folks). Big fun, lots of friends and family in town. It was a great way to ring in a new decade.
Then I was lucky enough to go on a Baja exploration cruise in the Sea of Cortez, and it was just exploding with life. We saw a super pod of dolphins, blue whales, humpback whales, pelicans, snorkeled with sea lion pups-- but the most awesome moment was when I got to actually touch a baby grey whale in Magdalena Bay. The grey whales are friendly and curious, and the mother whales let their babies come up to the small boats sometimes. We were sitting watching another whale, and suddenly a baby came up to the side of the boat for a look. She rubbed the side of the boat, and a couple of us rubbed /petted her head. Then she rolled over like a puppy, and I patted her belly. She stayed with us maybe 5 minutes, then split when mom called. After the baby left, we all wept. Just an amazing experience that I will never forget.
I'm finally recording my 5th solo CD, "Enjoy the Ride" (after 10 years!). I started late October, and just finished mastering last week. It should be out early May, and I have a CD release party scheduled Wed June 14. It's a mix of originals and covers, and I'm proud of it. The title song was written with my dad in mind, and I'm so glad it's recorded. It's about feeling gratitude, and living every moment like it's your last. 8 years since Dad passed, that's crazy.
So now if the sun could just come out for a bit here, all would be perfect... CD is on the way, Cagney and Lacey still rule the roost, Lynn is settled into her new office, and life is good.
Fall is finally here
September 24, 2014
It finally feels like Fall here in Seattle. We had an amazing summer and lovely Indian summer, but the temperatures are finally dropping a bit, and the rain has come. Days are shorter, and that autumn smell is in the air. I love the Fall. It's all about change.
I'm gearing up for my Xmas show, "Ham for the Holidays: Fear the Bacon", so I've got to put my producer hat on. Still have a few more songs to write, but the script is looking pretty fun this year. I've been really really busy this year, which is great-- but where the heck does the time go? I truly think time passes more quickly the older we grow. When I was a kid, a day seemed to last a week. Summer was endless. And the last week of school before vacation passed so slowly I could have sworn it was a month. Now, in my 50's, a whole year flies literally flies by. It makes me realize I need to be grateful for every day, stop and smell the roses, stop and look at the sunset and the Sound and this amazing place I live, and then to live every day fully, live every day like it's my last. Right now I have a kitty on my lap, the rain is coming down, and I couldn't be more content. Thank you for my life, exactly as it is. So much gratitude. Hello, Fall.
2014 so far...
May 22, 2014
Busy, busy, busy! I can't believe that it's nearly June. How does the time fly by so damn fast any more? Beats me. After a fabulous run of "Ham for the Holidays" last December at our new home at ACT, Lynn and I ran off to Hawaii for a few days in Jan (ahhh!). Then back in early Feb for my quasi-annual Birthday Bash at the Triple Door (with my pals Roxanna Ward, Vickie Shaw, Larry Murante, Karyn Schwartz, Mel Watson (Jen Todd was sick, boo), David Koch, Peggy Platt and more. What a great night!
In March, Lynn joined me for a trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, where I was a speaker for the We Move Forward Conference over International Women's Day weekend. A great, empowering experience with a fab group of women. We met some amazing folks, and I'm invited again in March 2015!
Lynn joined me yet again in April for Olivia's Amsterdam to Basel Riverboat Cruise. We had a blast. It was Lynn's first trip to Amsterdam, and we roamed the town. Big fun, but no Coffeeshops for us (the cannabis kind). The cruise was great, shared the entertainment duties with crazy woman Marga Gomez. Funny, funny, funny that girl. A fab trip, and I took a few days post cruise to visit some German cousins.
After a few days home, we took a quickie trip down to Oakland in May for our good friend Barbara Higbie's CD release party. I was her opening act, in theory. The Tibetan monks bumped me, so I opened Act 2. Great show, Barbie is so freaking talented.
After writing songs for 2 big corporate gigs in March-April, I joined the Team in Minneapolis for a big event. I got to be Magenta from Rocky Horror, a zombie version of Mylie Cyrus (older and with more clothing), a woman in a dayglo caftan, and a Tina Turner backup singer. It was a busy week.
Now I'm rehearsing with brother Dave for a reunion concert in our home town of Ashland OR. We're trying to remember the songs, the lyrics, the chords.... it's bringing back some great memories. I do love singing with my bro.
And that's where I am, May 22, 2014. It's spring in Seattle, gorgeous. I am one lucky woman.
Vietnam and Cambodia rocked!
September 27, 2013
Returned last week from a 3 week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with Olivia Travel. I was not only entertainer, but staff member on this trip-- in charge of my very own bus. The Red Bus. And a wonderful group of women it was! We started in Hanoi, boarded a junk in gorgeous Halong Bay, made our way to Siem Reap in Cambodia, boarded our plush riverboat and sailed down the Mekong, ending up in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). An amazing, amazing trip. We got to experience the beauty of Southeast Asia, the lovely people of Vietnam and Cambodia, many temples, monks, food markets, ox cart rides, the Hanoi Hilton, the Killing Fields, Angkor Wat....
One of those trips of a lifetime, I am so lucky. Much gratitude.
Legally married in WA!
August 9, 2013
Lynn and I had our big "wedding" ceremony back in 2008-- we invited a boatload of people, pitched a giant circus tent, ate a lot of food, spent an enormous amount of money and had a grand ol' time. Marriage equality arrived in Washington State in Dec 2012, and we decided we would get married "for reals" on our anniversary date in Aug. But smaller this time, and much cheaper. Just close family this time, over lunch-- and our good friend Ken was our officiant once again. And voila... we are now wife and wife! Huzzah! I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. Pretty darned cool.
2013, what th...?
February 17, 2013
Just got back from a great 2 weeks on Olivia's 40th anniversary cruises. Got to laugh, sing, and jam with my funny and talented pals. Highlight: meeting tennis great Billie Jean King, whoo hoo! Getting all the performers, staff and guests together to celebrate was pretty darned moving, I must say. I had a hell of a good time. I had an especially great time with my pals Roxanna Ward and Vickie Shaw. I laugh so hard, milk shoots out my nose. We appeared as the Barstow Gay Men's Chorus, and that was a big hit... and I celebrated my birthday on the 2nd week on the beach, that was nice. No Birthday Bash at the Triple Door this year, couldn't figure out where to fit it in, damn it.
Off to visit my mom tomorrow, then back to prepare for several shows-- Dos Fallopia is hosting Teatro ZinZanni Late Night St. Patti's Day Cabaret... I'm reprising my dad's tribute show for Solo Performace Festival 7. The show is renamed "Show Me The Way to Go Home (formerly "Demonstrate the Place of My Abode")... a quirky gig with Bushwick Book Club where all artists write original songs based on The Bible. I'm on the bill for that, God help us...
Lots of corporate gigs coming up, Olivia trips to Amsterdam and Vietnam, Dos Fallopia singing with the Kansas City Women's Chorus, and spending June-July in Indianapolis at the Phoenix Theatre for their 30th anniversary.
And big news-- we're taking "Ham for the Holidays" 2013 to ACT Theatre! It's a co-production with Central Heating Lab in the Falls Theatre. We're excited. We still love our wonderful Theatre Off Jackson, but we're giving them a breather this December.
So that's the latest. Lynn and our giant kitties, Cagney and Lacey are swell. I'm still here, still breathing, still doing what I love. Life is good.
January 5, 2012
Whew. Another year gone. Ended on a high note with a great run of our Xmas show, "Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night". Tons of fun with Peggy, D.J., Michael and the crew. What a group of goons. I love 'em.
2011 flew by for me. Rang in the New Year at a Hot Flash Party in Seattle. Then on to my annual Birthday Bash in early Feb. (with Roxanna Ward, Vickie Shaw, brother David, Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Peggy, Michael, DJ and more). March glee was a concert with the fabulous Righteous Mothers. April was Dos Fallopia in Ft. Worth, TX, and then worked a beautiful Olivia riverboat cruise to Amsterdam/Belgium (with Julie and Kate Wolf). Nice corporate gig in Hawaii (oh yeah!) in May. June brought my great pal Jennie McNulty to Seattle-- we shared the stage with Peggy Platt at Theatre Off Jackson. Also Cabaret Chanteuse gig in Portland. The end of June was the beginning of an amazing, mind-blowing 12 day Olivia trip to China (with Roxanna Ward).
July was "Ham" script-writing month for me and the Pegster.
August was another great Olivia riverboat trip on the Danube with the amzing Barbara Higbie (Budapest, Vienna, stops in Germany).
I located some long-lost German relatives on my dad's maternal side 3 weeks before the Danube trip, so I changed my tix and arranged to meet them. What a hoot! I met my father's 1st cousins Elizabeth and Irmgard. And I met Elizabeth's children, grandchildren, and great-grandkids. My cousin Marion was a great translator, thank God! Elizabeth shared lots of photos and stories. I am so happy to have found my grandmother's family, finally! (Here's a video of Elizabeth and the gang singing "Lily Marlene"- I'm playing guitar!)
September was corporate events in Las Vegas and Yakima. October kicked off with 2 wonderful shows with the Seattle Women's Chorus and special guest, Chely Wright. Peggy and I performed as The Spudds, and Mama Spudd gave Chely make up tips. Really. Then I was off to Provincetown, MA for Women's Week and 2 shows with the fabulous Zoe Lewis. Love her. Got to see a bunch of my twisted pals-- Kate Clinton, Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Mimi Gonzales, Jennie McNulty, Suede, Jessica Kirson, Cris Williamson, Suzanne Westenhoefer... and lots more talented chicks. What a great week on Cape Cod.
Then back to Seattle (Edmonds UU Church) to do my one-woman show "Demonstrate the Place of My Abode" (a tribute to my father). It's a very moving experience for me, and I am grateful for the connection with my dad.
Early November, I helped raise money for Tacoma's Rainbow Center at their Gayla Auction (with auctioneer extraordinaire Laura Michalek).
November was "Ham" rehearsal, with the show opening right after Thanksgiving. Then 27 shows, closing Xmas Eve matinee. Fun, fun run-- and exhausting!
Spend Xmas with family, and rang in the New Year in Portland (Hot Flash Inferno Dance Party).
I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my work. I am so lucky to still be able to make my living in the Arts, doing what I love so much. Truly a blessing. So hello, 2012!
Another "Ham" in the can
December 29, 2010
Happy holidays to all!
Another "Ham" in the can, Lordy. "Ham for the Holidays: Wham Bam, Thank You Ham!" was a big success, even with the crappy economy affecting ticket sales. We had a great run, thank you SO much cast and crew. You are amazing, as always.
I was a wreck the 1st couple weeks of the show--we had to put our wolfhound, Ciara down in the dawn hours right before final Preview performance. Big sigh. Really, really hard. I miss our big old sweet girl so much. Our Maine Coon kitties Cagney and Lacey miss their "mom". They thought that big dog was their mother, and they were truly a pack. Christmas was pretty sad without her. I know death is just part of the cycle, but losing Abby and Dad and Ciara all so close together has just been crushing to me.
But I am grateful for all the things I have-- family, friends, a good life. And lots of joy, especially when I do what I love to do onstage. I am a lucky, lucky woman.
We lost Ciara
December 5, 2010
We lost Ciara, our beautiful Irish wolfhound on the morning of November 24, 2010. She was 10 1/2 years old, which is pretty ancient for a wolfie. She was a wonderful friend, companion, and happy happy happy every day. We miss her terribly, and our home is very empty without her. Sigh.
My one-woman show
April 2, 2010
In January, I was asked by my good friend Patti West if I wanted to be a part of the Seattle Solo Performance Festival. I said, "sure"-- and then thought about what new material I wanted to create. Since the death of my father March 2009, I had been wanting to write about sharing his last 2 months on earth. It was a profound experience, and affected me deeply. So... I wrote about my dad. I started writing, and the words just came pouring out of me. The result is a one-woman show, "Demonstrate the Place Of My Abode." It's a salute to my funny father, the music he inspired, and a window into his experience with Death With Dignity. Writing and performing this show has been utterly cathartic for me. I don't know what the future holds for this story, but I'm glad I took it on. It has moved me, inspired me, and changed me. Thanks, Dad.
Survived another birthday
February 5, 2010
Okay, it's the day after my birthday and I don't feel appreciably older... hmmm. I guess that's a good thing. Besides, the sun is shining in Seattle and it's 57 degrees in Feb. Crazy.
Had a great birthday bash at the Triple Door last Sun, what fun! My pals Vickie Shaw and Roxanna flew in for the night, and much laughter ensued! Other friends at the Bash-- Peggy Platt, DJ Gommels, Michael Oaks, Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Linda Severt, my brother David, and a special visit from Scott Warrender. Really, really wonderful night. The Colonel and Shenille showed up to sing a few songs about Seattle transit, and we held a "sing off" between the Sequim Gay Men's Chorus (Lisa, Peg, DJ and Michael) and the Barstow Gay Men's Chorus (Lisa, Rox and Vickie). The BGMC kicked booty and won by audience applause-- yeeeeaaaahh! Anyway, lots of great music, big laughs and wonderful friends. Dave and I sang a song from our 70's duo past (Without You by Harry Nilsson), and I got chills singing with him again. Pretty cool. We closed the evening with Jen Todd's rendition of "In the Name of Love" (U2)-- what a great way to end, and I got to play bass (which I love so much). A lovely, lovely night.
I am immersed right now putting together a new one-woman show for the Seattle Solo Performance Festival (coming up in March). It's called "Demonstrate the Place of My Abode" and it's stories about my dad. I need to write about him. So.. gotta get back to work.
That's the latest, I'll check back soon-- Lisa
Ham for the Holidays: Lard Potion No. 9
November 27, 2009
Happy Turkey Day, ahhhhh!
Our Xmas extravaganza opens in just a few hours-- "Ham for the Holidays: Lard Potion #9"-- we've been rehearsing like crazy for the past 3 weeks, and are very excited about the show. It's another Dos Fallopia fun-fest. Peg and I are joined by the very talented DJ Gommels and Michael Oaks. This year's show was directed by my brother David, and we had a ton of fun with him. Characters include:
The Colonel and Shenille, a tacky lounge band entertaining at the Tukwila Light Rail Station
The Sequim Gay Men's Chorus, small but mighty, and filled with Pride
"All in the Family Feud", pitting the Bunker Family (Archie, Edith and cousin Maude) against audience members
The angst-filled Slam Poet, reciting her original poetry
"Trailer Park's Got Talent", featuring mother-daughter singing duo, The Spudds (Euomi and Wynotta)
Anyway, I'm so proud of the show this year, and can't wait to see some audiences this weekend. Come check it out for the holidays!
I look forward to the show, and I also look forward to coming up for air after it closes!
Hey, I'm a Just Plain Folks Award Winner!
September 1, 2009
I was nominated for 4 Just Plain Folks Awards, and by gosh...I won something!
I got 1st place in the Vocal Jazz Song category ("You Must Have Forgotten"), and landed two 2nd places: 2nd in the Cabaret Song category ("I'm a Middle-Aged Woman"), and 2nd place for Cabaret Album ("Tall Cool Drink"). I believe the last 1st place award I got was in Humorous Interp in Debate, my junior year of high school. Okay, so it was a long dry spell...
More info about Just Plain Folks at www.jpfolks.com.
LISA RECEIVES 4 JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARD NOMINATIONS!
June 29, 2009
Well go figure... I was nominated for 3 song awards: Best Cabaret Song: "I'm a Middle-Aged Woman" and "Back When We Had Sex" Best Vocal Jazz Song: "You Must Have Forgotten." Also nominated for Best Cabaret Album: "Tall Cool Drink". Hooty hoot!
My amazing father...
April 1, 2009
Frank B. Koch
April 8, 1931- March 3, 2009
“If you live a meaningful life, you never really die. Instead, you break into 1,000 pieces, each of which stay alive within the people whose lives you’ve touched along the way.”
My wonderful father passed away March 3, 2009 after a lightning-quick 2-month battle with advanced stomach cancer. I miss him beyond belief.
My father was a great man. He was sturdy, steady, loyal, loving.
A life-long learner, an exuberant student of life. Compassionate, generous, quirky, vital. A flaming liberal. Funny, funny, funny. Frank lived large every day.
Dad was just a big kid. He loved to play. He was very often the one to initiate a pillow fight in our living room. Dad would pick up a pillow, pretend to throw it at me, and blindside David in the head. That would start a full-fledged pillow war, with Mom yelling, “David, Lisa, Frank…stop! Kids, Frank… stop!” He was our Dad, but he played hard, and he always had a twinkle in his eye.
Frank was notoriously cheap. He was always looking for a deal, clipping coupons, and complaining about the cost of… pretty much everything. When David and I were in junior high, we came up with a joke: Why did Frank cross the road? To get to the Bi-Mart on the other side. Growing up, I had no idea that you could buy tires new… Dad only bought retreads. So that’s what I bought for all my early cars, and I watched my tire tread fly off at high speeds on the freeway. The good news? I could change a tire in 15 minutes flat, because I had to do it a lot. Thanks, Dad.
Frank taught rocks and minerals to his 6th grade class, and he really loved geology. Loved science, loved nature. Dave and I called him Mr. Science because he had the answer to everything. “I have a Master’s Degree… in Science!” When we were kids, we had no idea that our family outings were really test field trips. If it worked on us, he’d try it out on his 6th graders.
Later, when I was in high school, I took an aptitude test to see what subjects I excelled in. I was a musician and I figured I’d score high creatively. I scored off the charts in Science. I thought I hated science. Apparently, I learned it by osmosis. Thanks, Dad.
Dad and mom both were so supportive of their children, no matter what. Supportive of alternative vocations and lifestyles. David and I both started a career in music, which has got to be a parent’s biggest nightmare. But Dad was our best audience, from the time we first started hamming it up. If we could make Dad laugh… we knew it was funny. He was the master, all we had to do was watch and learn. We’d be at a social gathering, and as we were leaving, Dad would go up to the host, put his thumb and forefinger together with a teeny space in between and say, ‘It’s been this close to being interesting.”
Dad and Mom encouraged us to do what we loved… and we did. I watched my parents as educators all those years, and they loved teaching, they were passionate about it. Dad treated 11 year old kids with respect, and humor, made them look at things a different way, challenged them--- and they blossomed. Dad was passionate about everything he did.
Someone once said, "The people whose lives you touch may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
Dad touched everybody he ever came in contact with. He made us all feel special, listened to, loved, ALIVE, because he was so alive. We received hundreds of cards, letters and emails from people, mourning dad’s illness, and then the loss of their friend. In his last 2 months, Dad got to hear and see how much people loved him. That’s a gift. He was one-of-a-kind. I’m proud to be his daughter, and I carry him with me. Bad jokes and all.
"Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts...
And we are never, ever the same..." Love you, Dad.
Snow in Seattle
December 19, 2008
It's almost Xmas, and we've got the white stuff here... 6+ inches yesterday, wow.
Peggy Platt and I had a short 4-night run of "The Dos Fallopia Xmas Hour (and a half)" and managed to get through all 4 nights before the snow dumped on us! We had a marvelous little run, and were joined by the magnificent D.J. Gommels. Big fun.
Had a great reunion with the Venus Envy girls Dec 9 at the Triple Door. What a fun concert, and such a blast to play with the Venutians again. It's only been 13 years, hey!
Lynn and Ciara and I are gearing up for Xmas next week. Our sweet kitty, Abby Normal never came home after disappearing Nov 1, so it's been a sad holiday season without her. We miss her so much, sigh.
I am grateful for my family, my friends, and I continue to be hopeful for our future. We're all gonna have to hang in there for awhile until things get better, but I do believe things WILL get better. Happy holidays to all of you...
Almost Turkey Day...
November 24, 2008
Well, my blogging skills suck. My last entry was from August, and now it's rainy November, just a few days away from the tryptophan Fest that is Thanksgiving. Holy moly, where does the time go?
Catch up time-- my partner Lynn and I got hitched on Aug 9 near Seattle. We had a big outdoor party for friends and family, and it was lovely. A little sun, a little rain-- perfect! It was a spectacular day.
Since Aug, it's just been a mishmash of stuff. I produced a couple of shows for my talented friends in Aug/Sept (Vickie Shaw and Roxanna Ward, and Julie Goldman's one-woman show)-- I did 3 gigs in Oct (as bass player) with my friends Teresa Trull and Barbara Higbie. Had fun at Olivia's Turks and Caicos gigs, where I witnessed the election of Barack Obama as our next President. Unbelievably moving. Lots of screaming, weeping, and partying ensued. I am so hopeful for our future. Now, if we can just hang on for a little while... it's scary right now. W did a great job of driving our country into the ground in 8 years, amazing.
Sad news-- our beautiful kitty Abby Normal disappeared Nov 1, and we haven't seen her since. We miss her terribly, the house is so quiet without her.
Here's wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. I give thanks for all our many blessings.
Summer in Seattle
August 1, 2008
Well, it's Aug. 1, and raining in Seattle. Hell I don't care--it's been absolutely lovely for the past few weeks.
Spent 2.5 weeks in France last month (Olivia cruise, Provence-Burgundy riverboat). Big fun. My partner Lynn traveled with me the 1st week, and we celebrated her birthday, the big 5-Oh. Yummy food, great company (our good pal Roxanna Ward was entertaining on the trip, as well). We met some wonderful new friends-- 2 Brazilian women who we absolutely fell in love with. Lucia Verissimo and Renata Arruda. Lucia is an actress, and Renata is a singer/songwriter-- both reeeeeeally famous in Brazil. They were certainly slumming with us, but we had a marvelous week, laughed until we cried! Lynn flew home at the end of week one, and my mom Nancy joined us for the cruise week 2. We had a swell time, although she may have shared a few too many embarrassing stories about her daughter... hey, can't win 'em all. I adore my mom, and it's great that we can travel together and get some mother-daughter time. (My dad Frank was back in Seattle, visiting his granddaughter and keeping Lynn in line...)
While we were in Paris, we visited 27 rue de Fleurus (Gertrude and Alice's old apartment)-- pretty cool, got pix. Speaking of 27-- my play "27 rue de Fleurus" got picked up by Samuel French, so I've got a publishing deal! Whoo hoo! Maybe it'll pay more than my $22.00 BMI royalties... ha.
Lynn and I are getting hitched next week in Seattle-- I'm starting to get a little nervous. I'll give you the whole poop when it's all over. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the rain, and the sun when it comes back...
My time in NY...
March 21, 2008
It was quite the experience opening my Off-Broadway show in NYC. "27 rue de Fleurus" opened March 6, 2008 and will run through April 13. My collaborator, Ted Sod wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics-- I composed the music. The show is about the life and times of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, told from Alice's point of view. I flew out in late Jan for week one of musical rehearsals, and met our musical director, John Bell (who totally rocks)-- also met our lovely cast, all talented vets-- lots of Broadway credits, and the nicest 5 women I could hope to work with. I came back for tech rehearsals at the end of Feb, and with a little muscle, the show was up and running! It's a lovely show, and I'm proud to be a part of the process-- I have certainly learned a lot! Thanks to everybody for all your hard work, whew!
Happy New Year!
January 1, 2008
Hey everybody-- it's 2008, whoa! Had a fabulous year, and I'm looking forward to a great '08. We just closed our Dos Fallopia Xmas show ("Ham for the Holidays: Swine, Woman, and Song!") and had a wonderful December, 27 shows and lots of laughs with cast and crew. I spent the holidays with family and friends, and I'm thankful for all the love and laughter and for every moment of my life... I'm a lucky woman.
Today I'm stretched on the couch in my bathrobe, enjoying some much needed down time. Pass me a bon-bon...
Happy New Year to all, see you somewhere in '08!
Fall is here!
September 14, 2007
Gee, I guess I should journal more often, my birthday was loooong ago! I've been busy this year, and all is well. Had a reading of a new play I've co-written in NYC in Feb, and it went well-- the show ("27, Rue de Fleurus") will be produced in NY this coming Mar/Apr '08... watch for details on my website. I took a couple of great Olivia trips-- Amsterdam in April (took my mom, that was a hoot!) and Greece in June. I opened for my friend Barbara Higbie at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley (live CD), and had fun in July with my pals Dana Goldberg, Julie Goldman, and Erin Foley in Albuquerque (SW Funnyfest). Peggy Platt and I (Dos Fallopia) spent 6 weeks in Indianapolis this summer, and we had a great run of our show "Desperate Spuddwives" at the Phoenix Theatre there. Now we're hard at work on our Xmas show, "Ham for the Holidays: Swine, Women and Song!", which will run the month of Dec in Seattle. I have a few more Olivia trips this year (Tahiti, Mexican Riviera, Vallarta Palace), so I'm a busy chick. Life is good! Hope you all had a marvelous summer! That's all for now-- Lisa
AARP, here I come...
February 5, 2007
Okay, I'm officially 50 now-- so far, so good. Had a grand birthday celebration at the Triple Door in Seattle on Jan 31. My actual b-day is Feb 4, but close enough. It was a combo CD release/birthday bash, and good GAWD, did we have fun! I had a kick ass band-- my good friend Barbara Higbie on piano/fiddle; Chuck Deardorf on bass; Mark Ivester on drums; Rod Cook on guitar; my brother David and Jen Todd on backup vocals--- AND, a host of friends who showed up and jammed! The lovely Mel Watson (Fruit) sat in on trumpet/sax, my old pal Laura Love came up and played a tune, the wondrous Cris Williamson came up and sang a tune with me--- and my amazing friend Roxanna Ward flew up to join us with her stellar piano chops and twisted humor! It was quite a night, and a perfect way to usher in 50-- whoo hoo! Thanks to all for sharing the night with me, it was truly spectacular...
December 21, 2006
Hey everybody--- happy holidays to all. I'm in snowy Santa Fe, NM right now, playing 3 private parties at the new Rainbow Vision Complex. Many thanks to Francis and Michael for booking me for not 1, but 3 parties-- whew! Santa Fe is gorgeous, but I am hoping the snow holds off long enough for me to fly back home to Seattle. I visited my new friends Dana and Deanna today in Albuquerque. Dana (Goldberg) is a VERY funny comedian chick, and we just met at the Olivia Columbus Isle Resort in early Dec. The cast of loonies on that trip was stellar-- Kate Clinton (such smart, smart comedy- she's a genius), Julie Goldman (flat-out brilliant), Dana Goldberg (very funny fresh stuff), Jennie McNulty (great Iraq material, she kicked ass), Karen Williams (absolutely hilarious- she brings down the house every time), and me (I play guitar). We laughed until we peed our pants. My God, what funny women! Kate, Julie, Julie's friend Rachel and my partner Lynn spent hours in the pool, working on their synchronized swimming routines. I gave them a 9.5... anyway, a gorgeous, relaxing week in the Bahamas, and many wonderful connections were made. And... I saw a 10 ft hammerhead shark when I was scuba diving- whoo hoo!
Have a great Christmas, and here's to a fabulous new year. I am so very grateful for my family, friends, and all of you. Many, many thanks!
Tall Cool Drink
November 21, 2006
I'm proud to announce the release of my 4th solo CD, "Tall Cool Drink." I recorded it in Aug '06 at David Lange Studios, and the musicians and I had a blast bringing this puppy to life! Barbara Higbie flew in to work her magic on piano and fiddle, and I had a fine group of wackos in the studio-- my brother David (vocals), Jen Todd (vocals), Mark Ivester (drums, percussion), Clipper Anderson (bass), Rod Cook (guitar), David Lange (piano, accordian) and Jay Thomas (trumpet, tenor sax). The CD is a real nice mixture of original tunes and covers, with a couple of comedy tunes thrown in for good measure. Anyway, I'm SOOOO happy it's finally available-- give it a listen!
New website look!
October 20, 2006
Hey everybody, Lisa here. My new website is finally up and running. I don't know what the heck I'm doing, so I've got my fingers crossed that everything works. If you have any trouble, shoot me an email, and I'll get right on it. Whew!