I always felt that everything about Havens was earthy, and deeply rooted in the ground.
When he sang, he managed to sing using the beautiful frequency in his soul that allowed him to fully understand the meaning behind a word.
He had his original songs but aside for some cases, I always felt he’s better with singing cover versions.
Something about his theatrical approach to singing, worked brilliantly when someone else wrote the song, and that is what he was known for the most.
I picked one song that symbolize Havens, the era, and a proof that he was a great songwriter from time to time.
RIP Richie Havens