Michelle Dumond (Meshe) is a free-spirited gypsy musician with the soul of a jazz singer and the playfulness of a burlesque performer. Bob Dylan would love her. Rufus Wainwright would drag her onstage with him. Leonard Cohen and Shakira would team up to adopt her. She has the musical skills to establish credibility with a more artsy crowd and the earthiness and humor to make her more accessible to people like me who just love music.
She can convey all kinds of moods with that husky, alluring, commanding voice. She can sing the fun “Bathtub Rag” about soaking in the tub and suddenly fog up the bathroom mirror by crooning invitingly, “So take off your clothes and wet your toes.” She can handle a serious issue with a whimsical approach (the opener “Humanity”).
She can also dim the lights, as she does in the middle of this CD, and turn into a classically-inspired dark gothic composer. “Sandra” and “Au Revoir” are orchestral tapestries of cello, piano, violin, and sweeping melodic drama. I could almost touch the sound – it’s burgundy velvet. After it flowed over me and left me very still, Dumond wisely ended on an up note with “Sick on Christmas,” a wry yet jingling tune. She can do anything.
She can sing anything, play anything, and seduce anyone.
Roch wrote a little instrumental ditty before he sailed off to play a cruise ship gig. When he returned- Meshe had turned it into a song!
By: Roch Gallo and Michelle Dumond
A little water and some soap, A little time to rest I hope
To wash the worries of the day, all away
Bathtub time is fun, to sit and watch the water run
And when you’re through, you feel brand new!
Ooooh, soaking here is twice as nice when you’re near
So, take off your clothes and oooh! Wet your toes
Wet your toes
Take off your clothes and wet your toes
In the bathtub you will find, you can rest and just unwind
Let the busy brain, float down the drain
Some bubbles and a duck, and with a little cosmic luck
You’ll have a lover in the tub, to scrub a dub!
Floating away, at the end of the day, is my way to pray
So, I take off my clothes and oooh! I wet my toes
I wet my toes!
I take off my clothes and I wet my toes!
from The Me Shell,
released January 1, 2006
Roch Gallo: Guitar, Bass
Michelle Dumond (Meshe): Piano, Vocals, Synths