All These Hellos

Album: All These Hellos (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • Louise Goffin is the daughter of legendary songwriting duo Gerry Goffin and Carole King. She started her professional singing career at age 17 when she released her debut album, Kid Blue, in 1979. All These Hellos is her ninth studio album, and features many of her musical friends, including indie rocker Billy Harvey, who co-wrote the title tune.

    "Billy Harvey and I collaborated on a lot of songs one year because we were doing a tour as a duo and wanted to do new songs together," Goffin told Songfacts. "We were in such flow writing that any place that was a start-off point would lead us to a song. Sometimes we'd open a book randomly. 'All These Hellos' was that. I can't remember the book but we had the phrase 'summer house' and from that point the lyrics came."

    She continued. "We always wrote lyrics and music together at the same time, usually with me on piano and Billy on guitar, and we usually made some kind of simple demo the day of writing. I think Billy wrote more songs a year than I did so I'd be the one marinating in the demos long after. He'd have moved on to something else. The demo for 'All These Hellos' was a favorite for me and I was so happy to record it on this record. With all the special guest appearances on the album, I realized that the title 'All These Hellos' described it perfectly."

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