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Bupkes Thoughts on Si Kahn's songs (52* d) Thoughts on Si Kahn's songs 11 Oct 09


Si Kahn is on NHPR's Sunday evening program Art of the Song as I write this. [The web site http://www.artofthesong.org/tune-in/shows/show-249/ says they'll have it available to replay next week.]

He happened to sing "Here Is My Home", and I again want to say how much this simple call and refrain song means to people, in my experience. Those who hear it for the first time are moved to come up and ask about it, and say they're resolved to learn it themselves. It's a farewell song at folk-singing sessions and I've found YouTube videos of it as a choral piece in ceremonial settings. My friend Tim Radford, an Englishman who resides now with his wife on Cape Cod and from whom I learned it, says he cannot sing it any longer because it invariably makes him cry.

There are many sweet and earnest songs Si Kahn has written over a long career as an activist and singer. I wonder if others want to write about their personal favorites.


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