“Union And Communion” – Dan Hohulin
It was 1992 when the new incarnation of the band Fair Exchange was at the beginning of recording two of there early studio tracks. Both songs, “When The Angels Come”, and “After The Rain” were introduced to the band by Dave Perrigan and myself. It was suggested that friend and former Crumbächer guitarist Dan Hohulin become part of the project as a producer.
Dan had met both, Fair Exchange bassist Marc Miller, and drummer Gary Zdenek from their days with the original incarnation of the band. A number of members of the original group were made up of missionary kids like Dan.
At the time both myself and, Dave Perrigan were a bit apprehensive about Dan’s involvement and contribution to the music since neither of us knew Dan. But Marc and Gary were both enthusiastic about what Dan could contribute to the project, so Dave and I reluctantly agreed.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions the band could have made. Dan challenged both Dave and me and the band to move the bar much higher. His insight and ideas were on the mark. Dan would also add his signature score to the intro of the song, “After The Rain”. He also really helped the song reach its full potential. As well as bringing out more depth and texture to the song, “When The Angels Come”.
Dan brought out the best in each of those songs and the band, and their music was better for it.
The songs themselves were recorded in many steps and layers. The drums for “After The Rain” were sequenced via MIDI tracking at Dan’s house using an Alesis D4 rack unit. At the time, Gary was recovering from an injury which prevented him from playing drums for a period of time. Dan and Gary would painstakingly ensure that every hit and crash was perfect.
It was there at Dan’s house that I got a glimpse of his many talents. Dan had been working on a few original songs for himself under the stage name, Daniel Richards. One of the songs he played for me was titled, “Union and Communion”. I instantly liked it.
As mentioned above. Dan, an accomplished guitarist in his own right was also a former member of the 80’s Christian pop/synth band, Crumbächer. Dan had not only toured with Crumbächer but recorded several albums with the band. I, of course, could tell that Dan had a love for arranging and songwriting. The “Union and Communion” track had it all. It included an epic arrangement, great guitar textures along with nicely placed synth pads and a haunting melody. You can certainly hear the influence of groups like The Beatles, The Moody Blues, and ELO. You also hear Dan’s unique writing style as well. It was some good stuff.
The second song, “Man of Sorrows”, was another epic tune. It’s the kind of stuff I really enjoy. Dan would provide all the instrumentation. Although, I believe Gary might have contributed drums and percussion to both tracks, and I also believe Dan’s wife Lynn contributed backing vocals as well on the song, “Man of Sorrow”.
I would listen to these tracks over and over again throughout the years appreciating them more and more. As someone who likes a good song, I appreciated all the hard work it must have taken to produce his demo.
Dan and I would reconnect in late 1999 to work on the album, “Not Guilty”. This time I would be asked by Dan to write an arrange keyboard and synth parts for the eleven track studio album. One of the songs on the album was, “Union and Communion”.
Gary and I would see Dan again in 2005, at the Broken Records Reunion Concert in Irvine, California. This concert featured a number of classic Christian rock bands from the ’80s like The Choir, Undercover, The Alter Boys, and of course Crumbächer. Dan and the rest of Crumbächer put on a great show.
Below are two of Dan’s classic original songs. Hope you enjoy them.
- Union And Communion Dan Hohulin 4:17
- Man Of Sorrows Dan Hohulin 3:44