PO Box 2593
West Chester, PA 19380
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Wanda Lu Greene
When you hear the title of Si Kahn's latest CD, Companion, your first thought might be, oh, it's a collection of tunes meant to keep you company. But, Si reached into his heart for this one and shared feelings for his closest companions with us. The lead off track, Bone To Bone, gives us an immediate clue of just how deep those relationships are.
This album was co-produced by Si's longtime friends, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and their unobtrusive back up work and sweet harmonies surface most of the way through the recording. The backup is just enough so that the lyric driven tunes shine through like a beacon. Other shining lights in the background mix include John McCutcheon, Jim Robeson, Charlie Pilzer, Ysaye Maria Barnwell, and Bruce Molsky.
Several of the tunes were written for Si's friends with whom he has apparently shared many hours working for civil or human rights, and most likely, many cups of coffee. These tunes crystallize the unspoken looks that pass between old friends who have traveled towards the same destination. Sailing Down the Hudson, written for Pete & Toshi Seeger, invites many voices to sing along and of course, has a banjo in the mix. A fitting tribute to great companions in folk music.
|Late in the season
Just before the frost |
We gather in our memories
And reckon up the cost
Thankful for the harvest
That hard work brings
Thankful for the travelers
And the songs they sing.
Companion also features three songs written specifically for Si's lifemate, Elizabeth. This music leaves one thinking that theirs is a truly beautiful union. Si Kahn has many good companions, and he is not afraid to name names or tell them exactly how he feels. It must take great courage to share those feelings with all of us, total strangers.
Edited by Paula Gregorowicz [firstname.lastname@example.org]