Almost makes up for the earnest, soporific songwriting

A couple of times in every generation, musical atrocities are committed against humankind and, against all common sense, broadcast and rebroadcast five times an hour, twenty four hours a day, for several consecutive weeks.  During those trying times, there are few men who do not wish ill will upon the blighted writers and musicians who foist their earnest caterwaulings upon us.

The tunes of Dan Hill—particularly the villainous “Sometimes When We Touch” and the equally baleful “Can’t We Try“—make me wish there was a Department of Musical Pre-Crime ready to transport agents back in time to prevent his songs from being written.  Or at the very least, prevent them from being broadcast repeatedly during my formative years.  But after reading this heart-rending article in Maclean’s, it is clear that the man’s suffered enough.

(Thanks to the inestimable Chris Selley for highlighting it.)

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5 Responses
  1. Kateland says:

    NO HE HAS NOT. My mother tortured me for YEARS with his songs. I read the story, and I have very little sympathy for his ‘plight’. I have raised my mixed/multi raced children in the midst of three of the toughest projects in the city and not a gang-banger in the lot. Its his own foolishness that put his family in jeopardy.

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    Heh. While reading the article, I did have certain doubts in mind. Like whether or not a guy who writes such sappy lyrics is truly capable of laying down the law.

  3. Flea says:

    My sympathy meter must be broken too; it gave me a negative giveashit reading. First of all: If this had been my father the nonsense would have stopped abruptly and immediately and decisively. Second, the Beaches. Third, just after the article is a short biographical statement including word of Dan Hill’s father’s role in establishing Ontario’s Human Rights Commission. So shall ye reap, as they say.

  4. Chris Taylor says:

    I did notice the OHRC history as well, but was trying not to afflict the son with the sins of the father.

  5. DCardno says:

    …or the Grandfather