Rochelle Harper re-releases ‘Diane’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just in time for the Harper reunion, Rochelle Harper has re-released her track “Diane.”

The song is a love song about her uncle and aunt, Buddy and Diane Harper.

“(Diane) has I poem I wrote for her for one of their anniversaries, back in 1994,” she said.

Rochelle said the Harpers got married young.

“They were married a long time,” she said. “I wrote that poem in 1994 and when I moved out to Lake Tahoe in 1998, I picked up a guitar and I had a melody.

From 1998-2000, Rochelle said she wrote part of the song.

Then she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

There, she worked with Daryl Brown, who along with her husband, co-produced the song.

She had musicians such as Tommy Moran on the steel guitar and George Mason on the fiddle.

“The musicians really did make this what it is,” she said.

Rochelle said the Harpers’ love story is a great one.

“They raised us during the summer after my dad died,” she said. “We came down from New Jersey. They were the closest thing to a mother and father, we had. She took care of the kids and cooked and cleaned. On the weekend, we would go to the river and cook out with Uncle Buddy.”

Rochelle said she finished the song somewhere around 2005 and 2006.

Rochelle said the Harpers eventually divorced.

“But when he got sick, Diane is who he wanted. She went back to him and took care of him. That’s true love. Not many people understand or could do that. Uncle Buddy passed a few years ago and their love story will truly be a testament to true love.”

Rochelle posted the song to Facebook this week and it’s generated a lot of interest.

“I’m so glad that so many people love it,” she said. “Uncle Buddy loved it. He gave me some money to record it.