2 comments on “Odetta

  1. I was fortunate enough to see Odetta perform at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan about four years ago. She played a song my ears recognized but one I couldn’t place at first. As the lyrics unfolded it dawned on my the song was “Something Inside So Strong”.
    This tune was written by Bik McFarland.
    Bik was a member of the Irish Republican Army and a leader of the prison protests of the 70’s and 80’s. In addition he helped organize a massive jail break in 1983.
    Today, amongst other things, Bik writes and performs music.
    It was just striking that Odetta would choose his material, making it her own. It is hardly suprising, really, considering the song is about maintaining dignity in the face of oppression… a sentiment at the center of so much of her work.
    Photos online tell me she was having a fun time playing for tens of thousands at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco just last month.

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