By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS
I was listening to Dan Hill's intimate tales back in the mid-70s before I truly understood what I was singing about. He touched the Top 40 twice -- "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Can't We Try," a duet with Vonda Shepard.
But, as always, I was beyond the radio, I clung to the lyrical wonders of songs like "14 Today," "Longer Fuse," and "Frozen in the Night."
The native of Canada is back with Intimate, which includes new songs and remakes of some of his best including "Sometimes When We Touch."
Dan explained why he redid his most famous piece, "What I was really curious about beyond the literal song was `How could I sing it now as opposed to then,' I just wanted to show people - maybe I'm wrong - that I can still really sing. I can sing better than I ever have before: My intonation is way better; my timing; my phrasing; there's a lot more expression; I feel it's a more lived-in, soulful voice."
I was especially drawn to the open heart tunes "Sixties Child," "I Am My Father's Son" and "The Human Spark."
Dan, now 57-years-old, still can string words together as well as he did in his prime and that voice, it's still there -- strong and resonate as ever.
Dan sounds actually surprised that fans haven't forgotten him and still want more.
"It just made me realize `Wow, people still kind of like the way I sing.'"