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Lisa Loeb shows "Stay"ing power 20 years after big hit

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It's been 20 years since Lisa Loeb released the song "Stay (I Missed You)," but she says she still thinks about it "a lot."

"People ask me about it a lot," says Loeb, 46, who's currently touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the song, which appeared in the film "Reality Bites" and subsequently topped the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. "In some ways it feels like yesterday, but on the other hand, when I think about all the things that have happened since that song came out, it feels longer -- closer to 10 years than 20 years.

"Y'know, I got married. I have children. I've moved from coast to coast, traveled around the world, made TV shows ("Dweezil & Lisa," "Number 2 Single"), an eyewear line. I've had lots of little lives within the span of one life, and that's been long time. And ('Stay') has been constant throughout all that, so, yeah, it's special."

Loeb has a lot more than past laurels like "Stay" to rest on, however. In fact, she's too busy to be resting at all.

In addition to the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection, which just got picked up by Costco she released a new album, "No Fairy Tale," in 2013. She's just recorded a new Hanukkah song called "Light," and next spring she'll be premiering a children's musical called "Camp Kappawanna" at the Atlantic Theater in New York.

And with in the next month Loeb hopes to begin releasing a series of new songs, one at a time. There may be more albums in her future, but working in smaller bites, she says, "works well for me, creatively.

"I really want to experiment putting out a song or two at a time, just 'cause that's how I've been creating music for a long, long time. The ones that don't stick on an album often go by the wayside and wind up being forgotten, even though they're good songs.

"So with all the ways you can get music out now I'm going to experimenting with getting music out more frequently and more immediately. It's also fun for me. I do a lot of touring throughout the year, and as a performer it's always fun to play new songs, so this way I can have them to play and I don't have to wait until there's an album out to promote or anything like that. We'll see how well it works out, but I'm excited."

Lisa Loeb

Thursday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Tickets are $20.

Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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