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Lisa Loeb on what she really wants

The musician takes to TV in her search for a life mate. We find out how she did - and what's next.

By DALIA WHEATT
Published March 25, 2006


Lisa Loeb could write a book on dating. Instead, she made a TV show.

Yes, that Lisa Loeb, the woman whose infectious song Stay (I Missed You) and trademark cat-eyed glasses have been ingrained into your psyche since the mid 1990s.

In a series for E! Entertainment Television called #1 Single, Loeb chronicles her search for Mr. Right, preferably a nice Jewish guy who was alive during the Reagan administration. She's tried blind dates. She's tried dating her longtime friend Michael. She even borrowed a dog to use as man-bait.

Did the 38-year-old find love? We ask. She answers.

Q: One of the lyrics (to the show's theme song, Single Me Out) is "Yeah, I know what I really want." What do you really want?

A: I really do want to have a family and get married with kids. I really want to be happy. I want to continue to be creative. I want to continue finding new things that excite me about life.

Q: On the show, it seems like you get dating advice from a lot of people - your mom, your sister, friends, manager, your ex-boyfriend. Are there too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak?

A: No, there's not. I think that's an important part of life, having a support system, and people can give you different perspectives. ... A lot of people feel stuck in their lives. And I feel like showing what I do to try to get unstuck and to try to move things forward, it might inspire other people to do the same thing, which I've heard that they do.

Q: Speaking of getting unstuck, you were in two six-year relationships. Why do you think it took you so long to realize that they weren't headed where you wanted to go?

A: Probably because there was so much good in the relationships while they were happening - such productive relationships. I worked with both boyfriends. We had really great home lives, we had a lot of adventures, traveling and making music together. It wasn't until there was a little bit of time to take a breath (that I realized), "Oh, wait a minute. This is all great, but do we want to get married and have kids?"

Q: How long ago was the last episode of the show taped, and have there been any developments since then?

A: That was a couple months ago, and Michael and I were not able to work things out, really, because of work and traveling and everything. So I've been back out dating, trying to meet people.

Q: Why do you think you're still single?

A: I think I'm still single because I haven't found the right guy yet.

Q: How will you know when you've found him?

A: I think there'll be chemistry and there'll be friendship. And there'll be a conversation that doesn't want to end.

PREVIEW: Lisa Loeb with Dar Williams, 8 tonight, Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $31. 813 287-8844; www.tampatheatre.org