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Returning to a dream.

After a 10 year break, musician Diane French, returned to making music. Learn how this insightful mom found her way back to her calling in our latest Dream Big profile.
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After a 10 year break, musician Diane French, returned to making music. Learn how this insightful mom found her way back to her calling in our latest Dream Big profile.

Diane French


City / State
Boulder, CO

What was your big dream?
I think it was less a dream than a matter of unfinished business. I studied music intensively as a child and then abandoned it for nearly 10 full years. I eventually knew I had to return to it on my own terms and create the music I wanted to hear.

How did you accomplish it?
A lot of experimenting, a lot of humble pie, and a good measure of selfless support from other musicians. Not to mention my amazing family.

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
A musician friend of mine, who was terminally ill, asked me quite simply what I was waiting for. I think there are things in life that you have to explore, whether or not it’s comfortable for you. You can ignore it for a long time, but eventually you have to go straight in and find out what it’s trying to offer you.

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What motivated you to keep going?
The sheer joy of making music with people I love and admire. There’s nothing in my world that compares to that particular feeling.

What's your next Big Dream?
To find a way to balance being a mother, a partner and a musican. I think the biggest dream I could realize is being less restless, finding contentment in the way things are right now, and knowing that time, if you graciously accept it, is very good to life. I would also love to will that attitude to my son.

When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
An author.

What about when you were 15?
A poet.

Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A singer, a poet, a great partner and the best mom I can possibly be.

What book is on your night stand?
Saturday by Ian McEwan. (and Dr. Spock’s Baby and Childcare, a gift from my mom)

What's your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey's Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Lots of time alone (generally a thing of the past these days) and my husband’s homemade chocolate chip cookie dough washed down with a nice glass of red wine

What song moves you?
An impossible question for a musician! But right now…Caminito De Zaza by Eliades Ochoa.



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