Maybe Odetta Kissed Me Because of Doug Christie.

Reading the very brilliant musician David Aaron’s account of meeting Stevie Wonder has me thinking about meeting Odetta. Earthday 2000 The Bitter End, New York. Brian Hassett invited me to perform part of the sequence of  performers that included Paul Krassner – each doing 10 minutes.  There was a grand piano so I played this harmonic piece and this other song about racists. Afterward Paul Krassner was very kind to me, the feeling was mutual. He was hilarious. He was pals with Lenny Bruce and so was Odetta (or did Paul say Odetta’s husband was pals w Lenny?). I realized Odetta was in the audience during Paul’s stand-up set when he saluted her seated with friends at the back of the room and that seemed pretty electric, I didn’t think I would meet her as well. But after the performances were  finished and people were having drinks, milling about, gabbing, flirting, scheming, whatever people do – Paul was talking to me and then Odetta approached him and he said to her I want you to meet Bob Wiseman and she takes both my hands before Paul finishes his sentence and she says (insert  proud aunt sound) I know who Bob Wiseman is – and she kisses my hands.  I’m just wondering where the candid camera operators are hiding. I don’t remember clearly what I managed to say to her but I was freaked out to be on the receiving end of admiration from her. In my imagination I wondered if somehow this meeting was going to turn into me becoming known in America. I have had many moments where I thought good shit was about to happen….. but nothing happens. But so what – Odetta was moved by one or both of my songs and that’s a fucking top of the 9th home run with the bases loaded.  Paul Krassner.

One thought on “Maybe Odetta Kissed Me Because of Doug Christie.

  1. grant dewar

    hi … i met ODDETTA once in the lob
    by at convocation hall u of toronto..it was long enough ago that she was allowed to smoke in there..there was no one else much around during a slow moment in the overall event…i approached her and bummed one of her tareytons and had that short time to aquaint..nothing much specific do i recall, just a nice low key chat…..another great memory is of sharing a smoke with you outside Don Ross’s cafe in CANNINTON some yearz previous…we both had known Karen Tilley…anywayz, this justa chance to say g’day

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