Sunday, October 23, 2011


The Spirited Move Too

October 21 2011
92 year old Pete Seeger marched down Broadway to Occupy Columbus Circle in solidarity for the 99% Occupy Wall Street movement.
David Amram, Arlo Guthrie, and Tao Chapin sang
"This Little Light of Mine"
Odetta was there too
In spirit.

October 22 2011
Every time I think of Pete Seeger, I think about the past,
my past.

At 16 years, I was listening to folk music
because A girl I admired played the guitar and sang.
Mirium Mekeba, Joan Baez, Mimi Farina,
and Odetta moved me.

This is the first song I ever heard Odetta sing.
I learned it by heart.

 Then These Two
'The Midnight Special'
slides right into
'This Little Light Of Mine'
 Which is what they sang at Columbus circle last night .

 Last Word: Odetta
 The entire video Documentary from The New York Times 
Runs approximately 18 Minutes

"If only one could be sure that every fifty 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."
-Maya Angelou-


deanna7trees said...

I listened to some folk music 'back then' but mostly classical music. I've probably heard music by Odetta but did not know her by name.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

make me a pallet on your floor

my favorite. i saw/felt her in
Detroit once.

there's a really beautiful speech
by Naomi Klein in the 10/31 issue of the Nation. were the words she
gave to Occupy on Oct 6. it's
called The Most Important Thing In
The World

Nancy said...

Michelle, Michelle, Michelle- deeply moving, I have no words, except to thank you for sharing.

Nancy said...

I'm back. I watched the last word but could not figure out the songs you posted :(
I listened to a bunch of her stuff over at youtube...and Pete, ahh Pete. And Mahalia.
The I got curious and dug around and pulled out some of my mama's old records of Mahalia and Odetta and Barbara Dane: Trouble in Mind and Ledbelly: Rock Island Line and Marian Anderson: Spirituals and Pete (of course)...

Been bouncing around on youtube listening. Wish I had a record player, still. One day.
Dang my mom was cool! :)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

it's Monday...where ARE you?