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.
That purring at the end is the late, great Mr. Ezzie.
By: Michelle Dumond
Remember love, September love, it was lovelier than spring
Because all that spring can bring,
Never ever brought me you.
The sweetest things the springbird sings
Were written by the fall,
For in the cold and dark the songs were waiting.
Don’t we call it fall for a reason?
We fall in love to keep us warm when it’s freezing
As the winter snow blankets all
That we fell
In the fall
In the thralls
Remember love, September love, as the courting of two hearts
The meeting of two parts
So tinglingly lingeringly lovely dear meyou.
from The Me Shell,
released January 1, 2006
Roch Gallo: Guitar
Cello: Quinn Brander
Meshe: everything else