Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Poet Maya Angelou once said "If only one could be sure that every 50 years a voice and a soul like Odetta's would come along, the centuries would pass so quickly and painlessly we would hardly recognize time." (click below for rest of article and Odetta singing last July.

December 31, 1930 - December 2, 2008


I am grateful to have heard Odetta in concert when she came to Bellingham in the 1980s. Unforgettable.

Update: Interview with Odetta


The Solitary Walker said...

A wonderful singer - seem to remember her on old Montreux Jazz Festival video?

The Solitary Walker said...

Fogged brain... of course meant Monterey Pop!

am said...
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am said...

(I deleted my somewhat garbled comment. A little foggy myself)

You were right the first time. With some googling, I found that she hosted the Montreux Jazz Festival one year.

Coincidentally, I was at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 for the deeply affecting Sunday afternoon performance by Ravi Shankar. I was startled by the instant affinity I felt for the classical music of India. Right up there with the experience of hearing Bob Dylan sing "Like a Rolling Stone" when I was 14 years old.

December 4, 2008 4:01 PM

The Solitary Walker said...

Wow! A legendary event.

I know what I was thinking of now... the Monterey JAZZ Festival.