Polymath Dianne Michelle is a Santa Monica voice actor for such notables as the animated character "Daisy Duck"
With her humble vibe Michelle is the consummate professional who thinks she was hired for this iconic cartoon figure because she can sing and talk in role. Apparently this is a distinguishing gift in the voice over arts. For a cultural creative a recurring gig like this and others is the floor under oneself which leaves time and energy for other pursuits.
Diane Michelle's photo is in the center. At 2 minutes hear her expound on Daisy Duck's bathing rituals for self care.
Ms. Michelle can be found song writing, or penning as writer/illustrator of comic short story books much like the one that accompanies one of her titles, 'Neptune's Tavern,' with its underwater setting.
'Neptune's Tavern' encourages listeners to claim themselves by taking risks artistically and socially.
Diane's watery influences and references may come from living in seaside in SoCal all of her life. That has been Santa Monica for the last 30 years and prior to that undergrad work at University of California, Santa Barbara. Michelle grew up in Palos Verdes. These conveniently Hollywood adjacent locations are now world class travel destinations which are both an escape and respite to call home from the pressures of 'The Biz.' Ms. Michelle is a true Southern Californian local.
In addition to being a sought after voice actor, Michelle has been a storied West LA choir teacher for the last two decades. She is also mother to her back up vocalist and guitar strumming band member Nicole Andrews, a willowy quarter life aged daughter. Nicole is a UCLA trained ethno-musicologist, who has learned well from her parents the importance of keeping a creative life alive with a day job in the tech world creating play lists for everything from an elevator to a retail store. To round out Michelle's bohemian artistic life, she married to Charles Andrews regular op-ed and music contributor to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
Diane is a damn near prefect example of 'having it all' proving it doesn't have to be lonely at the top and it's more difficult to give up on the impulse to create the closer one gets to manifesting the full potential of one's talents. Michelle outdoes herself in making a joyful noise with her first album, one that has taken 50 years to mature in its own time.
Michelle's ship may come in with 'Love's Already Gone,' that has the feel of a hit with its catchy hooks. "A country weeper, a salty sorrow," as Michelle would say. Poetic touches remind us of what it's like to divvy up household items that are imbued with memories of the newly lost lover.
Disclaimer: There were so many good cuts it's hard to choose a favorite. Another strong cut, 'Tame and Vicious' is about paying dues for those who dream of "fame while doing the dishes." 'Sifting Sand,' covers similar territory of being firmly planted in the theatrical arts while grounded in life's realities.
Thematically all the songs dwell in unfulfilled spaces where yearning is palpable and connection completes the cycle.
On the surface 'Lucky Duck' is about an ambivalent love affair.
It is sly insofar that also reads as needing voice over acting gigs to cover expenses while never giving up on the yearning to express oneself in more artistic pursuits. The countless number of hours of time it takes to write and perform a song that attracts the attention of hit maker co-exists in the person who must beat out the competition to earn his or her daily bread in a competitive field with many other highly trained and ambitious contenders.
'Food and Love' is ostensibly about the life of hungry feral cats living on a Greek island that is also fertile territory for her narrative of love found and lost again. 'It Is' is about 'Livin' In Between,' another catchy hook that describes the agony of unending suffering from unanswerable questions when someone close dies prematurely. 'Queen of the Definite Maybe,' could be about waiting for new paid projects to come in while serving The Muse. 'I Wanna Be the One,' 'who gets you on your feet again when everyone else is gone," is a testament to eternal love.
The setting for the record release also speaks to the warmth Michelle inspires. The Church in Ocean Park, an interfaith Methodist church committed to social justice, hosted the event. Original Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios stained glass windows enhanced the glow emanating from the stage in a feedback loop with the audience. As with so many working professionals Michelle has paid plenty of dues in the tower of song. Her proverbial ship may very well still come in, some may say it already has.
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]