Lydia Liza Q&A

September 16, 2019
Lydia Liza's remake of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" went viral in 2016 and won a huge fan in Molly Ringwald. Her new album "Of Unsound Mind" came out last week.

“If you create something authentic and true and, honestly, off the cuff, people are going to gravitate towards it. People appreciate rawness so much.”

Now with some distance, does it seem surreal what happened with your version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”?

You know, yes. I think it gets stranger the more removed it becomes. You never think you’re going to be the one to go viral, but I think that’s the magic in it — if you create something authentic and true and honestly, usually off the cuff, people are going to gravitate towards it. People appreciate rawness so much.

I love the use of “Pomegranate La Croix” in the song, which fits so well. Do you get a lot of comments on that line?

I think that’s the hippest line in it. Definitely lots of comments on that one. No comment from La Croix, though. I’m still looking for a sponsorship from them

Is it correct that you have donated the proceeds from Rock The Cause to support organizations that address sexual violence?

Yes. Most of the proceeds are going to the Sexual Violence Center and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

Can you share one example of hearing from someone you admire who liked the song?

Molly Ringwald loved it! I think she covered it at a gig in New York. There were a couple Broadway stars who loved it from Waitress, and also Zooey Deschanel. Mind-blowing.

Have you noticed other songs that could use a little updating?

Of course, but then you also have to consider “your place” in that specific “conversation” that would need to happen. I’ll expand on that. There are some conversations that as a privileged white woman I need to listen to rather than speak on. This particular conversation was something that was important to me and I had my own experiences within it.

Have you had to make a conscious decision to steer away from that type of writing to stay focused on your original work?

No, not at all. That was such a lucky one-off and it wasn’t something I typically did. I’m not a parody writer by any means, that ain’t my trade. Maybe I could have a future in it, but there are plenty of other people far more capable than I. I think I just like writing, and that song was an exercise!

You seem like you take great joy in performing, whether it is riding above the State Fair or on stage at Icehouse. Is performing a great love for you?

I do, I really love performing. It makes me nervous, I never know what to say, but I genuinely appreciate the connection that happens and the “tapping into something greater than myself” feeling I get.

You use social media in a very brave way, often revealing your authentic emotions on your channels. Has that brought you closer to your fans?

I think it’s brought me closer to people in general. I think the world would be a much better place if we’d just talk to each other. We’d have so many more opportunities to help one another.

Who are your favorite songwriters working today?

Neko Case, Laura Marling, Siri Undlin, Matt Corby, Scott Matthews, Isaac Brock, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan.

Are you still a huge Jeff Buckley fan?

The biggest. I may quite possibly be Jeff Buckley’s biggest fan.

What’s next for you?

Who knows. I’m still navigating that — I’m currently working on a manuscript of a poetry book, I’m working on a collaborative record with Big Cats that should be released in the spring of 2020. I am very lucky and very unlucky to be never satisfied and always looking to the next thing. So, we’ll see.