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Published on Mar 11, 2013
Odetta's performance of this song is from the 2007 Grammy- nominated "Gonna Let It Shine", a live album of gospel and spiritual songs supported by Seth Farber on piano and the Holmes Brothers for background vocals.
"This Little Light of Mine" is a scripture song based on a Negro spiritual whose lyrics express the joy of displaying God's perfect love in the midst of every challenge that life presents. It was written by Harry Dixon Loes, a music composer and teacher, around 1920.
Taken from Matthew 5:15-16, "Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine....