Camp Lisa

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Best for kids too young to actually go to camp.

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Positive messages about making friends; proceeds support the Camp Lisa Foundation "providing children in need the edge to succeed in life through the summer camp experience."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lisa Loeb delivers a nice-mom take on going away to camp with sweet, jolly songs about making friends, playing baseball with a pancake, the annoyance of rainy days, and gorgeously-produced covers of a few old camp chestnuts. Content is family-safe, but will be appreciated most by kids too young to actually go away to camp.

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What's the story?

Indie-rock princess Lisa Loeb's CAMP LISA is a sweet collection of songs for and about summer camp. Using a very cooperative group of children -- divided into \"morning campers\" and \"afternoon campers\" -- as backup singers, Loeb troops gamely through a mellow mix of originals, old chestnuts, and even a coda (\"Make new friends and keep the old/one is silver and the other gold\" on \"It's Not Goodbye\") borrowed from the Girl Scouts.

Is it any good?

The performances are excellent and produced with loving care, but it's hard to imagine kids old enough to go away to camp getting excited about a song like "Going Away" ("got my name sewn in my underwear so no one gets confused"), a charming ditty perfect for preschoolers; even the covers of old camp chestnuts ("The Cookie Jar Chant," "Peanut Butter & Jelly," "Home on the Range") seem appropriate for very young children but never achieve the raucous joie de vivre of a bunch of muddy hikers shouting out "Lulu Had a Tugboat" -- or the soul-stirring inspiration of "This Little Light of Mine" around the campfire. Ultimately, Lisa sounds less like an eager camper and more like someone's nice mom trying to convince the kids that camp is going to be fun, really…

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "Best Friend." Did you ever meet someone with whom you had nothing in common, only to become best friends? "Going Away" lists all the things you might (or might not) need to bring with you to camp. Can you make your own list? How about adding a few ridiculous and funny things of your own?

Music details

  • Artist: Lisa Loeb
  • Release date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Redeye
  • Genre: Children's Music
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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