The news of folk music legend Odetta‘s death this week was bittersweet. At 77, she’d lived a full and important life, as much as any one of us could hope for. She had been invited to sing at the upcoming inaguration of Barak Obama, however, and though she lived to see his historic election she’ll have to sing from a much higher dais come January.
If you’re unfamiliar with Odetta’s work, there’s plenty of it out there to educate yourself with. Here’s a great, short clip of an early appearance at the Newport Folk Festival that encapsulates her ebullient singing and very strong guitar strumming style nicely.