Because We Have Music

clockwise from left: Anne E. Dechant, Si Kahn, Paul Reisler

December 7, 2020
kat simons

On Sunday, December 13th at 7pm, Kid Pan Alley’s Because We Have Music free livestream concert series features three songwriters who are master storytellers…in song--Si Kahn, Anne E. DeChant, and hosts Paul Reisler with Cheryl Toth.

Anne E. DeChant is first and last a story-teller, an artist who writes with a urgency and sweet understanding of the people who stumble and keep keeping on. Her masterfully crafted, poignant songs create worlds where her characters and their stories spring to life. She’s recorded 10 studio albums, has performed with artists including Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Don Henry, and a host of others.   No Depression Magazine said, “She is what the future of Americana music needs to be in order to endure – a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact, and ready to rock.”  

There are a whole lot of songs and stories out there in the world because of Si Kahn. He has spent 55 years as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater in addition to releasing 20 albums of original songs.  He has had full productions at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Berkeley, Milwaukee and Tennessee Repertory Theatres among others. Si’s songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world, including: Kathy Mattea, Peggy Seeger, Hazel Dickens, John McCutcheon, Red Clay Ramblers, Trapezoid, Robin and Linda Williams, Planxty, and many, many more.

Truth be told, Si is also responsible for Paul Reisler’s songs because he was the one who got Paul writing again after a decade long hiatus. Thirty-five years ago at the Augusta Arts Workshop where the two of them were teaching, Si offered to buy Paul a drink each night if he wrote a song that day. Paul took up the challenge and never stopped writing again.  That passion for songwriting that Si ignited led to Kid Pan Alley, several thousand songs, a couple of musicals, a whole lot of music for theatre, and…this concert series.

What better place to tell a bunch of good stories than in the intimate atmosphere of a house concert? You can join the Zoom living room by registering at You can also watch on the Kid Pan Alley channel on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter but it’s way better to be part of the show not just a voyeur.