Dominique Reynolds

Dominique Reynolds

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Dominique Reynolds is a French Canadian Métis rock chanteuse. Think intelligent folk pop along the lines of Sarah Bareilles and Aimee Mann with traditional native influences. Her new album entitled Tiny Burden showcases her versatility as a songwriter and performer.

Biography

When Dominique Reynolds, former member of the world music group Madrigaia, began a song writing project exploring her Metis and Aboriginal roots, she had no idea where it would take her. In collaborating with Leela Gilday (2007 Juno winner for best aboriginal recording) , Wab Kinew rapper/CBC host/ Sundancer and Ray Coco Stevenson, Pow Wow singer with Eagle and Hawk, Dominique Reynolds discovered her voice as a songwriter had not mellowed through the years. In fact, Dominique is coming into her own in every aspect of her life. Married check, two kids check, trying to have it all check Yes, striking a balance as an artist/mother can be a Tiny Burden., but the only thing you can do with it is to pick it up, carry on and come on back to the war, to quote Leonard Cohen.

The songs created began to form an EP, then an album. Recorded mostly at Channels studio in Winnipeg with additional tracking in Nashville, Tiny Burden was produced by Murray Pulver of Doc Walker, engineered by Paul Yee and played by Winnipeg and Nashville’s pros.

Tiny Burden is a collection of Dominique's signature cabaret tinges and engaged singer-songwriter lyrics. If This Was Right, probably the most rocking tune is her own version of a duet between her and hip hop artist Wab Kinew (nominated for best video at this years APCMAs). Never Enough is a beautifully sad song baring Dominique raw and exposed. By blending Aboriginal influences (Shakeyishk, a metis love song and Grand Chief's Daughter), Dominique is expressing her journey into her ancestry while planting her feet firmly in the now. Before you right her off as a "serious singer songwriter have a listen the Bonobos, a power pop tune named after the chimps who make love, not war.

Tiny Burden was released in Winnipeg in 2009 and has already garnered great reviews. The album is available on CD Baby and at select stores in Winnipeg. For more info email Dominique pommepomme1@hotmail.com.

Lyrics

It's Never Too Late

Written By: Dominique Reynolds

looking back on my mistakes
you were the best one i could have made
and all those times when we were wrong
we were so young thank god we were strong

chorus
its never too late to have a happy childhood
it’s never too late for a love that’s pure and good
follow the Way you’ll find what you need
don’t have to escape just let your spirit lead

i wanted answers here and now
didn’t know who, what, where or how
i filled my head with so many questions
you came along you were my lesson

chorus

if you must know this is a present
you have my highest regard and sentiment
and though you may think your world will crumble
you’ll pick yourself up you only just stumbled

chorus

now that you’re gone i will reflect
your beauty that fades without regret
i wish you the best on your route
i’m sure you’ll succeed i have no doubt

chorus 2x

White Flag

Written By: Dominique Reynolds

I would like polite conversation
The kind where I’m right
Perfect situation
No more struggle just a
White flag blowing in the wind
Stand back stand back stand back and watch it blow

This is nice
Can I see your registration
Times are tough
Need some identification
While you write down soul
I will find the whole
It’s cold, it’s cold, it’s very, very cold

I’ll let up only for a minute
I just can’t shut up
When I know there’s something in it
Mull it over
Analyse it till it’s very dead
It’s dead, it’s dead, its very, very dead

I would like polite conversation
The kind where I’m right
Perfect situation
No more struggle just a
White flag blowing in the wind
Stand back stand back stand back and watch it blow

Le mois de mai

Written By: Dominique Reynolds

ce n’est que le mois de mai
j’ai la tête qui tourbillonne
je me vois, je suis là
à la recherche de ton amour
tu étais mon héros
ma vedette et oui bien mon sauveur

refrain
ces patriarches ont beau sermonner
je n’ai pas compris, ils ne m’ont rien dit
mais qu’est-ce qu’ils peuvent bien se raconter
je n’ai pas compris et ils m’ont juré
qui est-ce qu’ils pourraient séduire, leur bonne foi va me détruire
mais est-ce que les cloches pourraient cesser
je n’en peux plus, j’en ai assez

à genoux aux pieds du lit
je voulais vivre sous ta lumière
mais les hommes de la chaire
que j’entends ne passent pas
mais je ne renoncerai pas
à ton grand abandon

simplement une seule parole je serai guérie
simplement une seule parole et je me méfie

ce n’est que le mois de mai
j’ai encore la tête qui tourbillonne
je me vois je suis là
à la recherche de ton amour
mais j'ai retrouvé mon héros
ma fenêtre qui accueillera lumière
refrain

If This Was Right

Written By: Dominique Reynolds

Don’t need a reason for going nowhere
Must be the season of aimless affairs
What happens when we fail to supply
Perfect portrait turned to lies

If this was right
You’d take your coat off and spend the night
Instead you’re leaving on the next flight
If this was right

I rush to find the proper words
Make sure there’s something you haven’t heard
But it doesn’t matter, we don’t have to speak
Once we admit that we are weak

If this was right
You’d take your coat off and spend the night
Instead you’re leaving on the next flight
If this was right

Bridge

We should call this it and be done
But were too busy playing dumb
So please don’t bring me down with consequence
Let’s just pretend it’s our first offence

Grand Chief's Daughter

Written By: Dominiuque Reynolds

I was once a Grand Chief’s daughter
I was once the Earth Mother
I was once a great warrior
Who am I now?
Was every life worth taking?
Every heart worth breaking
Every claim worth staking
This will be your dark cloud

Verse
Could you tell me?
What have I become?
As your discovery
I become undone
I hope that you find peace
Before you ruin me

Chorus

Verse
There was power
You chose to ignore
Should I cower?
Beneath your guts and gore
I want you to find peace
Before you destroy me

Chorus
I have seen the bear in dreams
I have woken to your schemes
I am still a great warrior
So roll back time

Verse
So take your sadness away from my door
This was madness, rotten to the core
Before our children blame us
I want us to find justice

The Bonobos

Written By: Dominique Reynolds

Woke up to the news of riots in Montreal
While we were sleeping, empires rise and fall
It's a shame that we don't know what to do
No we don't have a clue

Chorus
If we could only be more like the Bonobos
Settle our differences by making love
If we could only be more like the Bonobos
Settle our differences by making love

Every time a babe is held up to defend
A crusade that fuels a battle to the end
We can justify ourselves till nothing's left
To a certain death

Chorus

No we can't pretend conflicts will disapear
Make an effort and be bold, conquer our fear
Looking to our not so distant relatives
Somethings got to give

Chorus

Discography

Tiny Burden 2009
Dominique Reynolds debut disc: Coming Home 2003
Dominique Reynolds EP: 2001
Singles on radio:
CKSB, Envol FM 91.1 Ton nom, Le mois de mai, Un
CKIC 92.9 White Flag
NCI 105.5 The Rifle

Set List

Non, Je ne regrette rien
Un pinceau
There is a War (Leonard Cohen)
The Bonobos
If this was right
Good and Mad
White Flag
Shakeyishk
Beautiful (Clap Your Hands)

The set is usually 45min with a couple of cover tunes