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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: April 30, 2015

10 Songs in the Key of HELLO !

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

One of the most perfect words to hear and say is simply HELLO. It’s a gesture of kindness, an utterance of acknowledgment, an equalizing offering and the simplest way to break the ice. When in doubt my friends, start with HELLO.

To celebrate the magic of HELLO here are ten of my favorite HELLO-themed songs.

Be it with words or gestures, a little HELLO can go a a long way.

Aimsel waving hello in Chicago, 2014.

Aimsel waving hello in Chicago, 2014.

So sing along if you know the words, hum along if you don’t.

“Hello,” Lionel Richie. I forbid you from making fun of my love for this song because we both know you love it too. Plus, HELLO, this video is freaking awesome.

“Hello in There,” 10, 000 Maniacs (John Prine song)

“Hello Again,” Neil Diamond. Same deal as with the Lionel Richie song. I know love it, you know you love it too. Plus this clip with footage from “The Jazz Singer” is so great!

“Hello Again,” Todd Rundgren. A timeless classic. This one’s got a special meaning to me. How about you?

“Hello Goodbye,” The Beatles. Word.

“Hello I Love You,” The Cure (because I just can’t listen to the original Doors’ version anymore). And. It’s The Cure. HELLO!

“Hello Dolly!” Louis Armstrong. Wouldn’t be a proper HELLO song list without this one.

“Say Hello Wave Goodbye,” David Gray (originally by Soft Cell)

“Comfortably Numb,” Dar Williams with Ani DiFranco. (Of course it’s the Pink Floyd song. I just really love this version that’s all) HELLO (x 3)…is there anybody in there?

“The Sounds of Silence,” Simon and Garfunkel. HELLO darkness my old friend…

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