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Michael Reinhart

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Simple human achievements.

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The man with the golden voice

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Songs by Michael Reinhart

accident of love

accident of love Nov 10 04

this accident of love
you left the scene of the crime
this accident of love
you left me here doing time

you swerved into my line of vision
there wasn’t much I could do
I was faced with a difficult decision
while you just went rolling right through

love was not my first ambition
even though the chances are so few
but would I avoid a head-on collision
well maybe not with you

you were in my path, I was going too fast
couldn’t get out of the way
it’s not the first time & it won’t be the last
we’ll both live to see another day

I swear I saw your signal
but now you’re claiming there was none
your alibi’s anything but original
it just seems like a hit-&-run

this accident of love
I’m not sure it’s anyone’s fault
but it may have just been enough
to bring my life to a screaming halt

this accident of love
you’ve left the scene of the crime
this accident of love
you left me here doing time


© Michael Reinhart 2004 [h]and’sum music

[Lyrics]


lost&found

lost & found / june 6 ‘07

I was born with a smile on my face
going to pay the price for the rest of my days
I been lost & found in this search for grace
& now I’m just making it all up along the way

I was born of a country western singer, see
& a counterfeit gypsy
seems the open arms of misery
is where I was always meant to be
meant to be

[chorus] ooh falling out of the lap of luxury
ooh into the arms of misery

obsession, my most faithful friend
you seem more like the enemy
you’re going to take me to an unkind end
for the whole damned world to see
confession, I got a soul to mend
this ain’t no comedy
somebody please wake me before I
fall into the open arms of misery,
misery

[chorus] & [instrumental break]

save me from the lethal charms
of a faulty memory
somebody please pinch me real hard before I
disappear into some dark reverie

see I was born with a smile on my face
going to pay the price for the rest of my days
I been lost & found in this search for grace
& now I’m just making it all up along the way up along the way

[chorus] x 2

© Michael Reinhart 2007 [h]and’sum music SOCAN

[Lyrics]


nola

nola sep/oct 05
oh Nola, she’s no stranger to death
she’s throwing firecrackers into the hurricane’s breath
she wake up tomorrow, & to her surprise
she’s black & blue & barely breathing ah but she’s still alive
‘ole man river’s rhythm’s swollen & strong
& that old lake’s been holding up her pretty blue dress now far too long
the sky’s hell-bent on its own dark shade of the blues
living beneath the horizon, you better have a good excuse
mother nature’s temper ‘round these parts well it ain’t exactly news
yeah living beneath the horizon, one day you going pay your dues
oh no oh no oh no oh Nola
oh no oh no oh no oh Nola
no tradition here of being afraid of the dark
it’s the daylight coming’s tinder waiting for a spark
now the devil he’s in town & the good lord‘s long gone
& a rusty trumpet in the Quarter practise a funeral song
Nola why you do those crazy things that you do
no sense asking a stupid question just ‘cause something’s true
Nola why you singing the blues instead of playing that old-time jazz
the whole world miss the way you used to shake your pretty little ass
now you’ve always been true to yourself & to nobody else
& there’s those folks got it in their little minds you got to do some time in hell
you’re just shit out of luck, ain’t no nothing you done wrong
even your god-fearing neighbours up north ain’t always been so strong
& after all those saints ah they go marching on & on & on
a rusty trumpet in the Quarter still play that funeral song
oh no oh no oh no oh Nola
oh no oh no oh no oh Nola
Nola why you do those crazy things that you do
no sense asking a stupid question just ‘cause something’s true
Nola why you singing the blues instead of playing that old-time jazz
the whole world miss the way you used to turn & smile & make a little pass
the whole world miss the way you used to shake your pretty little ass
oh no oh no oh no oh Nola

© Michael Reinhart 2005 [h]and’sum music

[Lyrics]


take me away

take me away

take me away from cold cold hands take me away from this
take me away to some foreign land
I really don’t think I’d be missed
& they’re not about to understand
if you see her would you give her a kiss
& we’ll leave all the rest up to chance
oh we’ll leave all the rest up to chance
take me away from all that noise take me away from there
take me away from the lack of joy
we’ll go to the city if you dare
they don’t like the tone in my voice
oh, the priest in the pulpit he don’t care
oh this time we’re left with no choice
oh this time we’re left with no choice
tell me a secret that everybody knows
you don’t know the half of it
I’ll tell you a secret that nobody knows
& we’ll be better off for it
we won’t have to fight like before
we can forget about some things that we did
I won’t have to hurt you anymore
I won’t have to hurt you anymore
oh my words won’t hurt you anymore
take me away from this old town take me away from here
take me away from feeling let down
or drowning in a pitcher of beer
I’m not sure these people are my friends
oh there’s no end to the jokes & good cheer
but they turn out the music before ten
oh they turn out the music before ten
tell me a secret that everybody knows
you don’t know the half of it
I’ll tell you a secret that nobody knows
& we’ll be better off for it
we won’t have to fight like before
we can forget about some things that we did
& I won’t have to hurt you anymore
oh my words won’t hurt you anymore
oh you won’t have to hurt me anymore
take me away
© Michael Reinhart 2001 [h]and’sum music

[Lyrics]


woman in the window

woman in the window may 20 07
your careless kindness gone left me torn & bruised
your careful escape make me wish I could hate you
your beauty’s a weakness girl I’m just a human man
but my suspicion tells me there’s still some things you don’t understand
woman in the window & just this glass between
some of your secrets were better left unseen
your legs all askew your pale hand against the glass
leaving your fingerprints all over what’s now the past
you give me such an ache girl right down to the bone
you got me so that I’m even afraid to be alone
we’ve already got what some take many years to find
guess I’ll never know just what was yours & how much was mine
woman in the window & just this glass between
some of your secrets were better left unseen
your legs all askew your pale hand against the glass
leaving your fingerprints all over what’s now the past
now it’s too late to take back the breath of what was said
you’re no longer just some fantasy flickering in my head
you say you’ve a knack for opening doors in someone else
but now that it’s open you won’t step through it yourself
woman in the window & just this glass between
some of your secrets were better left unseen
your legs all askew your pale hand against the glass
leaving your fingerprints all over what’s now the past
leaving your fingerprints all over my past
© Michael Reinhart 2007 [h]and’sum music

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Montreal, QC / Edmonton AB

Level of Experience:

PROFESSIONAL

Genre:

Folk | Other

I Write:

By myself | For myself

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns

Albums Released:

Woman As Landscape (soundtrack album/dance), 1999; Quaraaluktuq, Michael Reinhart w/ Singers of Nunavut, 2003; Cyprus Songs, 2011. lost&found, 2011 eCHO, 2013

I am interested in:

Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Composer for dance, theatre, film; Visual artist; Photographer; Graphic designer

Biography:

Biographies / Michael Reinhart



Michael Reinhart is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art, 1976. He has a wide & varied experience in the worlds of both interdisciplinary/visual art & music

Since 1982, Mr. Reinhart has collaborated extensively with various dancers, musicians, directors & choreographers in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York & Europe primarily as a composer, but also as stage & lighting designer, videographer & photographer. With long-time collaborator Lin Snelling he’s worked on projects, in various roles, for over 25 years, among which are the choreography/document extinction, (2004) & Femme Comme Paysage, (1999-2000), both produced by Carbone 14 & presented at Usine C in Montréal.

He has released five albums, Woman as Landscape, a soundtrack for contemporary dance; Quaraaluktuq, a collaboration with 9 Inuit singers; in 2009 he recorded 14 instrumental pieces in Limassol Cyprus entitled Cyprus Songs, released in 2011; lost&found, 11 original songs also released in 2011; & 'eCHO', 12 original songs released in May 2013. In 2008, Michael composed original music for the award-winning film Before Tomorrow. Michael collaborated musically with Montréal theatre artist Anna Papadakos in the multi-disciplinary performance Paper Cuts for Nuit Blanche in Montréal, & in September 2011 in Performing Book at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton.

Michael has shared stages & gigs with such notable singer-songwriters & musicians as Jon Brooks, Annabelle Chvostek, Alise Marlane, Ben Sures, Antoine Dufour, NeEMA, & singer-improviser Rhiannon. He continues to compose, record & appear on stages as singer & improviser across Canada, in the US & Europe. His fifth album, eCHO, a collection of 12 original songs, was released in Toronto, Ontario on May 18 2013 at Musideum, & was subsequently released in Montreal, Québec on June 20th.


Michael Reinhart est diplômé de The Ontario College of Art, (1976). Son expérience est vaste et variée dans les deux mondes de l'art interdisciplinaire/visuel, et de la musique.

Depuis 1982, M. Reinhart a collaboré avec danseurs, chorégraphes, metteurs en scène et musiciens variés à Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, New York et l’Europe principalement en tant que compositeur/musicien, mais aussi comme scénographe, éclairagiste, vidéaste et photographe. Avec Lin Snelling, collaboratrice de longue date, il a présenté les performances multidisciplinaires extinction (2004) et Femme Comme Paysage (1999/2000) à l'Usine 'C' à Montréal, ainsi que plusieurs autres projets depuis 25 ans.

Il a lancé cinq albums, Femme comme paysage (1999), une bande sonore pour la danse contemporaine; Quaraaluktuq, une collaboration avec 9 chanteurs inuïts en 2003, et il vient d’enregistrer, en 2009, un album de14 pièces instrumentales en Chypre qui s’intitule Cyprus Songs, lancé en édition limitée en septembre 2011. Plus récemment, le 18 novembre 2011, il a lancé 'lost&found', onze chansons originales, avec musiciens Jérémi Roy et David Ryshpan. Son album le plus récent est 'eCHO', 12 chansons originales, lancé en mai 2013. En 2008, il a composé la musique originale pour le film Avant le lendemain. Plus récemment, il a collaboré musicalement avec metteure en scène montréalaise Anna Papadakos dans Paper Cuts dans Nuit Blanche à Montréal et Performing Book, une pièce multi-disciplinaire avec Lin Snelling et Shelagh Keeley à la Galerie d’art d’Alberta à Edmonton. Il continue à composer, enregistrer et à travailler en tant que chanteur et improvisateur sur les scènes à travers le Canada, aux États-Unis et à l’Europe. Il vient de lancer un nouvel album de douze chansons originales, intitulé eCHO, en mai à Toronto, Ontario, et en juin 2013 à Montréal.

REVIEW OF eCHO, MAY 2013

http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/michael-reinhart-echo?xg_source=activity

“It’s just one big musical gift of pensive, well-thought out melodies with fascinating lyrics and stirring examples of fine musicianship and song craft.” JOHN APICE · NO DEPRESSION · JUNE 28 2013

“The majority of these tunes focus on the lyrical aspect, the polished melodies, the details in the songwriting, the sentimentality, and vivid experience of feeling the messages that are intended to go through your ear, into your heart and for a moment -- make you stop and listen.”
JOHN APICE · NO DEPRESSION · JUNE 28 2013

http://www.newcanadianmusic.ca/releases/e/echo/michael-reinhart/2013-05-14

"Reinhart... is finally gracing Canada with his first solo release, and it's an immensely pleasurable listen."
Randi Beers, EXCLAIM!, November 18 2011.
http://exclaim.ca/Reviews/FolkAndCountry/michael_reinhart-lost_found

"Reinhart is an engaging songwriter and has a warm, dusty voice. For those who haven't heard him perform live, Lost&Found is a fine introduction."
Robert Reid, The Record / Kitchener Waterloo, December 15 2011.

“The only way of describing these exotically melodic tunes is spiritual, confirming how music transcends geography, history and culture when it speaks to the heart and to the soul.”
Robert Reid, The Record / Kitchener-Waterloo. 2003.

“The cheerful spirit of the music, and perhaps the choice of intrumentation, speaks less of ice floes and bitter winds than it does of fun under the midnight sun.” Rating: 8.5/10. Rupert Bottenberg, The Montreal Mirror. Review of Quaraaluktuq, 2003.

“… It is not contemporary, rather it is timeless. The type that will grow old pretty well in your music collection, and that you will rediscover, with pleasure, every year." Guillaume Leclerc, Montréal Folk Culture Examiner, June 3 2010.

“Magnétique, sûrement.” Philippe Daoust, L’actualité magazine, 2003. Review of Quaraaluktuq.

“Le produit final est étonnant de complexité.” François Dufort, ICI Montréal. Review of ‘extinction’.

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