The first album of her songs, "Open Up" was written and produced by Diane, and is a compelling portrait of an accomplished composer, producer and musician, whose artistic vision is as wide as it is deep. That vision comes from a drive to provide nurturing, empowerment and support for her listeners.
"African Coffee" is a spiritual massage while basking on a tropical beach. "Crazy About You", another radio favorite, is the perfect description of what a long-term relationship is really all about from the inside out. From her classical side comes the piano gem "What's Yr Hurry". "Drinkin'", reminiscent of Kurt Weill, opens with a chamber octet that skillfully sets the mood for this theatrical song, replete with trumpet solo by Stacy Rowles. "Save Me", a sly humorous blues, manages a rag in the middle, while the lullaby "Hold Me Easy" has prompted more than one audience member to share with Diane her story of recovery from abuse.
Truly amazing textures are created by backup vocalists Vicki Randle, Linda Tillery and Claytoven Richardson. Don Kirkpatrick on guitar and Novi Novog on viola are among the veteran studio musicians who invested so much of their own special artistry to make this album sophisticated, sensuous and deeply enjoyable.