Haim’s new song ‘Summer Girl’ was inspired by a cancer diagnosis.
Danielle Haim has opened up about what the song means to her, as she revealed her partner was diagnosed with the disease a couple of years ago but is now thankfully all in the clear.
Writing on social media, she shared: "summer girl is out … I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago… (he’s in the clear now!) we were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless. so I kept singing these lines – I’m your sunny girl/I’m your fuzzy girl/I’m your summer girl – over the bass line. summer girl stuck. (sic)"
And it "all clicked" when a friend came up with a saxophone solo for it.
She added in a lengthy post: "fast forward to a couple months ago – I remembered this demo and pulled it up from my phone. we were kinda joking about how the doot doot doot part reminded us of [Lou Reed song] walk on the wild side… it’s very inspired by Lou and we kept it that way. I brought it back to my partner Ariel – where the inspiration first started – and he put some finishing touches on it and here we are! (sic)"