Shortly after last year’s Skirball Hanukkah Festival, I came across an article in the Jewish Journal announcing a new Hanukkah song called “Light,” written and performed by Lisa Loeb. As a big fan of Lisa’s music from my days as a twentysomething, I immediately clicked on the link to hear the song, which, of course, I loved. What’s special about Lisa is that she’s an equally cool and soulful performer who appeals to both adults and children. When I heard how beautiful her new song was, I knew she’d be perfect for our next Hanukkah Family Festival.
The song’s themes of light and hope are especially resonant for us here at the Skirball, where we want every visitor not only to have a great time but also to learn meaningful messages. This year’s festival, entitled “Celebrating Our Light,” explores the light of hope, courage, and resilience that shines in each one of us and helps us accomplish amazing things together. We’re thrilled that Lisa will be joining us as a featured performer on December 13. My kids and I are equally excited!
Recently, Lisa took a moment to talk with us about what Hanukkah means to her, as well as some of her favorite musical influences growing up.
Interview has been edited for clarity.
Tell us a little bit about how you celebrate Hanukkah.
I love standing around the glowing candles of the menorah with the lights off in the kitchen. My husband and I have made it a tradition to make latkes at least once during the holiday. We try not to eat all of them before the plate gets to the kitchen table for dinner. Over the last few years, we’ve started inviting over some of my daughter’s friends to light the lights with us and share our holiday with people who don’t celebrate Hanukkah. Continue reading