In 1995, the hottest songwriter on the local scene seemed to be Diane Zeigler. Her debut Philo CD, "Sting of the Honeybee," displayed a voice both whisper-pretty and emotionally dynamic, and folk-pop songs with memorable melodies and smart lyrics.
Just as her star was rising, Zeigler became pregnant. She decided family came first, retiring to her native Vermont with her husband, Geoffry Sather. She assumed her career was over.
"After our first daughter, Nell, was born, I loved not having to write and put all my creative energy into her," she said. "After our son, Jaimen, was born last May, I started writing again, and it felt like finding a long-lost friend."
Zeigler has no idea how far her music can take her, only that she has never felt such a passion for it.
"I feel like I'm on fire now, letting
go of all the fears and baggage I had as a performer. I swore I wouldn't
go on and on writing songs about how great it is to be a mom, but I guess
I have to get it out of my system. And there really aren't a lot of songs
about what it's really like being a day-to-day parent, the times you find
yourself on your knees, saying, `Please, just let me get through this afternoon."'
Zeigler makes her "comeback" at Club Passim April 9.