Friday, May 17, 2019

"I turned the radio on, I turned the radio up, and this woman was singing my song"

25 years ago today, Lisa Loeb charmed America with the unpretentious simplicity and emotional directness of her debut song, "Stay (I Missed You)." The single (by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories) was released on May 17, 1994, from the soundtrack to Reality Bites.

American Songwriter magazine says:
Loeb rants and rails through much of the song with barely contained emotion only to pull back for some tenderness in the refrain. It’s an outstanding performance of an enduring song.
The lyrics have the feel of a rambling, stream-of-consciousness letter to a former lover, but they're cleverly crafted. Notice how she heightens the poignancy near the end by saying the title word — "stay" — for only the second time in the song. You might have missed it the first time, but you can't miss it at the end, with her emphatic hesitance. Then, to bring the song full circle, she closes with the first line.

Lisa Loeb recently played the song solo at a Reality Bites reunion:

Watch Lisa Loeb perform "Stay" at our 25th anniversary reunion celebration of REALITY BITES
‪We surprised the #Tribeca2019 audience at our 25th anniversary reunion celebration of Reality Bites with a special Lisa Loeb Official performance of “Stay,” the iconic song that closes Ben Stiller’s Gen X touchstone. Check it out:‬
Posted by Tribeca on Saturday, May 4, 2019

(If you want to explore more of her work, try her song "I Do" or check out The Very Best of Lisa Loeb.)


Art in LA said...

Thanks for the time machine! "Stay" had a heavy rotation on the radio back in the day. I'm one of the few who still listens to FM radio in the car and you *never* hear this song on the "oldies" stations. Weird. I wonder how the programmers decide which songs to pick?