Video Review: Dan Hill & Vonda Shepherd “Can’t We Try”

In black-and-white, Dan Hill plays the piano.

Lit in white, Vonda Shepard sings as she lies on bed.

Hill walks around while Shepard sits up in bed. As Hill sings at the piano, she appears in the corner.

Hill returns to playing the piano by himself and switches to Shepard lying in bed.

She walks around in her bedroom.

She sings with him on stage.

He puts his hands on the piano while she sits on her side in bed.

He continues to play the piano.

Rating: 2/5

Dan Hill walks with his hands in his pockets. He had to get out of the house. His girlfriend, Vonda Shepherd was talking in another room with a mutual friend of theirs. He wanted to give her space. However, it didn’t seem to be enough. He tried getting her to talk to him while they sat television. She would pat him on the leg and tell him she wanted to watch her show.

Vonda Shepherd didn’t want to tell him she was unsure if she wanted to be in a relationship any longer. Some days, it seemed as though she were single. He cancelled their dates to go out with some friends or forget about her family functions. He had told her she was important in her life. But she didn’t want to give anymore to him if he couldn’t reciprocate.

She folds laundry and asks him about his walk. He puts his hands on the table and tells her they can’t let their relationship fade. He cares and needs her to at least meet him halfway. She puts down the towel and says she needs the same thing from him, too. He steps back and side-eyes her. She scoffs and shakes her head. He throws up his hand and says “this is what I mean.” She explains that suddenly he’s around, wanting to know what’s wrong. He says he doesn’t want to lose her. She puts her head down and says that’s part of a longer conversation. He says it’s a conversation they need to have to now. She sits at the table and puts her rests her hand on her cheek and says “might as well.”

Director: N/A Year: 1987

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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