Publication: “On First Hearing Odetta”

A few weeks ago, I was driving to work listening to Accuradio. I had the folk music channel going, just cruising along with the bucka-pucka banjos, nasal harmonies, and protest songs of various eras, when I heard this voice. The voice was singing “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.” The song had been part of my childhood growing up in the ’60s–but not like this, oh, not like this.

The voice belonged to Odetta.

Nothing would do but I must find a metaphor for that voice. One Sentence Poems was gracious enough to publish it in their May 28, 2019 edition: “On First Hearing Odetta.”

Do you think I came close?

38 thoughts on “Publication: “On First Hearing Odetta”

  1. Oh, I think you’er close. . . . and Odetta. . . what a voice she had and what a woman she was. Andi Cumbo-Floyd http://www.andilit.comhttp://www.godswhisperfarm.com Facebook — Twitter — LinkedIn

    On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 10:02 AM Elizabeth Gauffreau wrote:

    > Liz Gauffreau posted: “A few weeks ago, I was driving to work listening to > Accuradio. I had the folk music channel going, just cruising along with the > bucka-pucka banjos, nasal harmonies, and protest songs of various eras, > when I heard this voice. The voice was singing “He’s Go” >

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  2. I know that song. Wonder how, not so many records arrived in our remote places in Africa. There was a lot of lending and swapping. And our friends at the American Embassy usually had the latest hits… 🙂
    But I seem to recall another interpreter… Did Joan Baez sing it?
    (Thanks for the post)

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