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Louise Goffin's keeping her father's spirit alive

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Louise Goffin has never been shy about working with her parents -- the famed songwriting due of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

But after her father died last June 19, it was even more important for Goffin to dip into that collaborative well. The result, an EP called "Appleonfire," features song with lyrics and/or inspired by Gerry Goffin.

"He was strictly lyrics and I would be strictly music -- although he would comment, 'The melody should go up here' or 'It needs to rise there,' stuff like that, the emotional direction of the song," recalls Goffin, who's released six solo albums and co-produced her mother's 2011 set "A Holiday Carole." "He was like a computer, his brain. He'd really be thinking about his words, and he'd put them on the page in front of me on the piano and I'd sing and play.

"And if it was good he'd say nothing; he'd just nod 'yes,' like 'That's good.' And if he didn't like something he'd talk; he'd say, 'No, that's gotta go,'something like that. But it was very quiet."

Goffin worked on four the EP's songs with Barry Goldberg, a cohort of her father's who also played in the Electric Flag and is now part of The Rides with Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and recorded the other two herself. The EP came out in March, with deliberately little fanfare, and she's particularly pleased that the track "I'm Not Rich But I'm Not Poor," which the Goffins wrote when Louise was 21 years old, seems to be getting some significant attention online.

"I have this one little viral thing going on that's really nice," Goffin says. "I put my record on Soundclud so the press can go to it, and for some reason, with no advertising or promotion whatsoever, that song is getting at least 500 hits a day. I mean I watch it and, 'Wow, 10,000 people have played this.' Then it was 12,000 people, then 14, than 15, now it's 20,000 and it keeps going.

"I don't know where that's coming from. I don't know who's listening to it or where they are or how they're being exposed to it other than it's being shared and it's word of mouth, but it's really cool."

Goffin says she has more songs she's written with her father that she'd like to record in the future. And she's also working on a movie that will take off from the end of 2014's "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" and tell the rest of her father's story from there.

"Y'know, at the end of the musical Carole King goes to L.A. with her two girls and lives apart from Gerry and makes 'Tapestry,' so you have the 'Then what? What happened to those people afterwards?' story," Goffin explains. "I've been working on this for years, a story about me and my father which would take place after that time frame. I've written several drafts of it, but I'm going to start looking for a team to do the writing and put it together so we can make it into a movie."

Louise Goffin with Butch Norton and Adam Plomaritas

8 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Trinity House Theatre, 38840 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia.

Tickets are $18.

Call 734-464-6302 or visit www.privatemusicnetwork.com.

Note: Goffin, with Jaimie Wilson opening, will also perform Saturday at the Black Crystal Cafe in Ann Arbor. The show is sold out.

Web Site: www.privatemusicnetwork.com

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