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Thread #116669 Message #2509720
Posted By: CapriUni
07-Dec-08 - 03:56 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Odetta has died (1930-2008)
Subject: RE: Obit: Odetta has died (2 December 2008)
When she walked out on stage, she took over that space, whether it was an enclosed theater, or an outdoor stage at a festival, she owned that space. And she had the sweetest, richest, deepest, voice I've ever heard, both in terms of its timbre, and the things it had to say.
I was in the front row of an outdoor concert, when I heard her introduce an old folksong from the South this way (may be paraphrased by memory):
"There's a proverb in the South that says you should never trust a crowing hen, or a whilstling woman; *Whistles the tune of the song*"