INTERVIEW Press, Glide Magazine with Louise Goffin

So I hear you’ve been in Cajun Country

I was just in Lafayette in May for the first time. It was hot and humid (laughs) but I loved it. I was actually part of the first South Louisiana Songwriters Festival & Workshop where they had local talent like Marc Broussard and a lot of locals, some known, some not so known, working with established songwriters who came from different parts of the world with the intent to kind of cross-culturalize different regions. There were live shows involved as well. It was really to bring some more attention to Louisiana and it’s talents and writers and I was fortunate to be at the first one and I loved it. I wrote some great songs and made some great friends from your fine state.

Was Michael Doucet from BeauSoleil there?

I wrote with Michael! I wrote a song with Michael, a great song. He’s fantastic. The song we wrote had a lot of real Cajun French in it that I had to keep studying. Every time I would open my mouth to record, I’d be like, “Am I getting the pronunciation right?” (laughs)

Is that something that we are going to get to hear one of these days?

I think that song that I wrote with him is not something that I would sing. First of all, it’s written from the point of view of a guy and it needs to be sung by a guy who also wants to sing in French (laughs). I tend to write these songs and sometimes I forget about them. Usually when I write songs, the person who usually does them is me. I don’t have a publisher running around saying, “Hey, do this song!” I don’t know how much of a market there is for people to cover other people’s songs so primarily I roll like an artist and to be an artist in this day and age, you’re doing eighty million jobs. There is so much I do from morning to night. I make and edit my own videos and I’m doing an interview with you and there’s doing artwork and the manufacturing and playing a show. It’s a lot of organizing and it’s a full-time thing. And people who are writing songs to be covered by other people, that is a full-time job. You know, you write the songs, you demo them, you pitch them; it’s a constant thing. So I write a lot of songs and if I’m not doing them, they tend to sit, you know, which is kind of a shame. But thanks for reminding to call Michael and say, “Hey, what’s happening with that tune?”

Julie Calzone