you absolutely have to go and listen to her speak on this interview video, its totally important and beautiful.

she reminds me so much of my voice teacher in college, fran bennett. she didnt teach singing, i dont know how folks are supposed to learn to sing other than just opening their mouths to sing, but she taught voice for the stage, which i mainly remember as these awesome warm up exercises for the throat (non vocal) and the neck and spine and body–man she was a great teacher (prob still is). but this woman odetta led the charges on the world stage so you gotta hear her in her own words and hear her sing, she lets spirit take it over. i love that.

“if you can’t fly, run. if you can’t run, walk. if you can’t walk, crawl. any way you can make it baby, you keep on moving it on.”