By Peter on December 3, 2008 10:24 PM | | Comments (1)

One of my favorite female singers, Odetta, died today. She was 77 years old. This interview, which is being featured on the New York Times website, is pretty beautiful. She is also mentioned in Martin Scorcese's documentary as a major influence of Bob Dylan, "No Direction Home". This is her clip in the film:


A monumental loss, indeed. Any of her umpteen million renditions of Amazing Grace could reduce me to tears in a New York minute. Odetta knew how to marshal transcendence. Rest in peace!