She has performed as a backup singer for everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones, and was featured in the 2013 Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.” Lisa Fischer, a Grammy Award-winning vocalist, will bring her talents to Newton North High School on April 1 for a fund-raiser to benefit Historic Newton, a nonprofit organization that operates two museums in Newton and sponsors lectures, workshops, walking tours, and other programs in the city (www.historicnewton.org). Fischer will also perform the next night, on April 2, at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly. We caught up with Fischer, 57, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native who now lives in New Jersey, to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation spot? Jamaica. The earth sings to you at night. All the creatures get together and have a small symphony.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Sushi and sake in Japan, dosa in the mornings in India, and jerk chicken in Jamaica.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Giza in Egypt. I would love to see the great pyramids. It’s on my little bucket list.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My contact lenses.
Aisle or window? I’m an aisle girl. I hate feeling trapped.
Favorite childhood travel memory? My Dad and I used to watch a cartoon called “Road Runner,” starring a coyote and a road runner bird. The Coyote would always get clobbered or fall off a cliff while trying to capture the bird and we would howl with laughter at his attempts. So, fast forward . . . my grandparents would invite us all to stay with them at a rental in upstate New York during the summertime. I was extremely car sick, although it got to be a running joke after a while. I would be in the back seat gagging and throwing up in a little plastic baggie most of the way. My Dad felt sorry for me, so he made believe that when he threw the baggie out the window, it hit someone. For some sick reason, the cartoon visual in my mind made me laugh (thank you “Road Runner”) and I felt a little better. It was always a rough ride for me, but once we got there, it was beautiful, peaceful, and it was amazing to spend time with family.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Shameful shopping.
Best travel tip? I always try to remember that I am a guest in a foreign land. Be patient, be kind, and be mindful of others.