Dom De Luca

Dom De Luca

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

I write songs of delicate, hushed confessions and rousing, raucous declarations. I aim for the head and heart in equal measure and seek to hit both at the same time.

Biography

“I don’t care, it’s a bell I gotta ring. Talk of danger and of other awful things. I don’t care, I don’t care, it’s a bell I gotta ring.”

That lyric, from his new song and new record, “A Bell I Gotta Ring”, sums Dom De Luca up. It’s not a matter of want, but need.

Townes Van Zandt was the first songwriter who truly opened up his eyes, his mind and his heart to the craft. “I haven’t closed them since.” Dom says with a smile. Writing simply and directly and with a keen eye for the details of life and a storyteller’s flare for drama and metaphor, De Luca is driven to get it all out in melody and rhyme.

Back in 2008, De Luca released a laid back folk record called, “Birds Of Worry”, which received plenty of radio play on CBC, CKLN, CIUT, BREAKTHRU, INDIE LOVE, AMHERST ISLAND RADIO, CANOE 100.9. Well reviewed in various blogs, BOW even lead Dom to Halifax, where he was invited to play the IN THE DEAD OF WINTER ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL in January of 2009.

Now, after months of prep and recording at CBC STUDIOS, in downtown Toronto, Dom De Luca is back with a more polished and diverse collection of tunes that are of a much more personal nature than those on his first record, “I may have run out of beans to spill.”, Dom jokes. “But, I have to or else it’s all just an empty and meaningless creative exercise. Picture a house without a door. There’s no point inviting people over, if you’re not going to let them in.” Delicate, aching love songs of hope and despair - a somber, epic tale about one’s domestic pain birthing another’s domestic joy - rousing folk-rockers that tear the roof off the joint - to joyful, ear-candy, folk-pop expressions of love and delighted obsession. These are the irresistibly catchy songs that make up A BELL I GOTTA RING. “I put a heart on the cover of the record. ‘Nuff said.”

In fact, if one word could sum up Dom De Luca it would be “heart.” “Follow it and you’ll serve yourself. Ignore it and you’ll serve someone else.”

Lyrics

Lovin' You So

Written By: Dom De Luca

I guess I'm gonna have to cop to this weakness
You've captured me in your trap of sweetness
I'm so far down, but I don't wanna get out, none
Friends throw ropes, I ignore every one

'Cause, baby, you know
I'm lovin' you so
Baby, you know,
From head to my toe

'Cause, baby, you know,
I'm lovin' you so
And I can't let go

Well, superman, he has his green glow kryptonite
Achilles, his heels, they undermine his might
Me, I have one thing I cannot overcome
My soulful mama's got me dancing to her drums

Alright

'Cause, Baby, you know
I'm lovin' you so
Baby, you know,
From head to my toe

Baby, you know,
I'm lovin' you so
And I can't let go

Cannot let go
Don't ask me to let go
I Cannot let go
Don't ask me to let go
I Cannot let go
Don't ask me to let go

(repeat chorus)

Lovin' you so
Lovin you, Lovin' you so
Lovin' you so,
Lovin' you, Lovin' you so
Lovin' you so,
Lovin' you, Lovin' you so
Lovin' you so
Lovin' you, Lovin' you so-oh-ho

Baby, you know-oh-ho
Baby, you know-oh-ho
Baby, you know-oh-ho
Baby, you know-oh-ho
Baby, you know-oh-ho

A Bell I Gotta Ring

Written By: Dom De Luca

A gloomy village, a few years ago
Where everyone was so down, so low
A boy dreamt of a bell that never rung
Wanted to ring it right there where it hung

But all his friends and all of his family
Told him he was just being so silly
No one ever made it up there
Too hard, too many risks to bear

But, the boy, he just said...

"I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring
Talk of dangers and of other awful things
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring"

Villagers found out and they got so mad
Told that boy he was going to be sad
It will cause you so much pain
Ring it and you're bound to go insane

But the boy, he complained, "I am so bored.
This life here, nothing but a closed door."
To which, the villagers replied,
"Yes, we know, we've known it for some time."

But, the boy, he just said...

"I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring.
Talk of dangers and of other awful things.
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring."

So, one night, when everyone was sleeping
Cross the field, over fences he's leaping
He made it to the top of that hill
Where that tower, with its' bell, stood still

He grabbed that rope and without delay
He pulled on it over and over again
The bell, it rang throughout the town
Waking up the villagers with all their frowns

But, the boy, he just sang...

"I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring.
Talk of danger and of other awful things.
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring."

So, for the next 35 years or so
Rang that bell, no stopping, oh no
Villagers hung their heads in grief
Agreed the boy was doomed, was their belief

Sure enough 45 years from his first ring
He dropped dead, closed his eyes to that last ding
Villagers heard from afar that morning
So sad he didn't heed their warning

But, they remember him say...

"I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring.
Talk of dangers and of other awful things.
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring."

Villagers gathered and they spoke out loud,
"He ruined himself", agreed the crowd,
"Let this be a warning to everyone
Ring that bell and you are good as done."

But, a second boy with eyes wide and alive
Climbed that hill and when he did arrive
Yes, the boy was dead, but on his face
First smile ever seen in this place

The second boy grabbed the rope and sang,

"I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring.
Talk of dangers and of other awful things.
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring."

I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring
Talk of dangers and of other awful things
I don't care, I don't care, it's a bell i gotta ring

It's a bell, it's a bell, it's a bell i gotta ring
It's a bell, it's a bell, it's a bell i gotta ring
It's a bell, it's a bell, it's a bell i gotta ring
It's a bell i gotta ring

Discography

2008 - Birds Of Worry

2010 - A Bell I Gotta Ring

Set List

Brother, Brother
Chin Up, Babe
Love, I Feel It Spreading In Me
Song For K.
So Caught Up In You
Loving You So
A Bell I Gotta Ring
Be Back Home Soon
You're So Damn Hard On You