(So)(Co) Sit Down with Elizabeth Ziman

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! Almost ten years ago, my friend suggested we go to Rockwood Music Hall to check out this band, Elizabeth and the Catapult who he thought I'd really enjoy. I instantly became hooked. I loved Elizabeth Ziman's spirit, vibe, quirkiness and musical talent. I've seen her perform many, many times including opening for Lisa Loeb over a year ago. She's a great storyteller via musical lyrics and also has amazing ballads such as Apathy on her album, Taller Children

JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SHARING STORIES AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.

READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH ZIMAN.


HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR DAYS?

Writing, film scoring, playing guitar, hanging with my friends and bunnies. 

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR?

My community, my family, Ryan Gosling.

EXPLAIN YOUR LIFESTYLE IN 5 WORDS OR LESS.

Busy, spontaneous, fleeting, passionate and fun.

IF YOU WERE TO ATTEND A POTLUCK DINNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BRING?

Spiked Punch, guacamole and lime seasoned chips.

IF YOU COULD GIFT EVERYONE YOU MEET WITH ONE BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Definitely any and all Kurt Vonnegut books because he is a visionary and a clown.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?

Feed my rabbit and throw on some Blake Mills on my computer while I drink orange juice.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR YOU TO MAKE THAT CHANGE?

It would be exercise. Almost NOTHING will make me change except if I had a personal trainer following me around all day.

WHAT DOES BEING HEALTHY MEAN TO YOU?

Eating well, walking around as much as possible, being easy on yourself and others. 

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN FACED WITH HEALTH CONCERNS THAT PUSHED YOU TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE?

Sometimes I have tummy aches and so I cut out gluten, but I cheat. 

WHAT SONG CAN IMMEDIATELY CHANGE YOUR MOOD IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE?

 Anything by Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder or Brian Wilson

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU THAT SHIFTED YOUR WAY OF THINKING?

 This is a long life- just keep doing what you love and things work out the way they should! 

WHAT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING/OUTFIT DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED WEARING?

My superhero silver tights from American Apparel and a tutu.

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: "IN ORDER TO BE HAPPY, I NEED TO..."

Sing and write as often as possible.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE (SO)(CO) COMMUNITY?

I just finished a pledge music campaign and raised my goal I needed to make an album! I'm still giving away a free song per week for a year for any continuing pledgers. And making a duets EP as well as a full length LP! 

Life is good. 


Like It Never Happened is the product of Elizabeth & The Catapult’s namesake Elizabeth Ziman’s creative labors over the past year and a half. After a split with Verve Records, Ziman took to busking in the subways of her beloved New York to teach herself to play guitar. Long a piano-centric performer and songwriter, the guitar revitalized Ziman and led to an outpouring of new songs. Ziman originally intended to record the new material with musical idol Richard Swift, but her focus shifted as former bandmate Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) stepped in. Like It Never Happened was co-produced by Molad and another former bandmate Peter Lalish (Lucius). 

As Elizabeth & the Catapult, Ziman has released two full-length albums and a self-produced, recorded and released EP. 2009’s Taller Children was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and featured collaborations with Tilly and the Wall. The band’s second full-length was The Other Side of Zero, produced by Tony Berg (Aimee Mann) and featuring Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Other Side of Zero, which drew interest from Anne Hathaway who used the album’s track “Thank You For Nothing” as inspiration for her hair cutting scene in Les Miserables. Hathaway later cast Elizabeth as a street musician in the film, Song One, about New York Musicians. Since The Other Side of Zero, Elizabeth & the Catapult has reformed as Ziman along with Jonno Linden (guitar/vocals), Jeske Hume (bass/vocals), Adam Minkoff (drums/bass/vocals), and Lauren Balthrop of Dear Georgiana (vocals/guitar/piano). The last few years have found the band touring with Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, Lenka and Kishi Bashi as well as backup support for The Shins and The Waterboys.

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