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Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Roots of Inspiration

Buffy-FeatureComposing a Dream

I was about three years old when a piano became my toy, and I composed my first song around then. Since it was play for me, I just did it until the song was the way I liked it. I’m still the same way.

Music composition is my passion, or my superhobby, so I get right into it and can’t get it out of my head.

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‘Starwalker’ live performance – video

Live performance of the song Starwalker from the album “Up Where We Belong”.

NEW video – live performance of Cho Cho Fire

Live performance of Cho Cho Fire, from the album “Running for the Drum.”

Reviews & Interviews: Up Where We Belong

lp-upwerebelongScunthorpe Telegraph, London – What’s On magazine
November 2010

“It’s almost 40 years since the Canadian folk singer struck a chord with British audiences with the movie theme Soldier Blue. This set of 15 of her greatest hits is testimony to her never-tiring prowess as a prolific songwriter, peace campaigner and native American heroine. Listen to Universal Soldier and try to disagree.” 9/10

UpBeat: Buffy Sainte-Marie Exclusive
Excerpt from an interview with The Beat magazine, London, November 2010:

“Buffy Sainte-Marie is an international superstar performer, an anti-war and rights icon, and a leading songwriter who has given the world classics like “Up Where We Belong” and “Until It’s Time for You to Go”.

The lists of artists who have covered her songs is a true accolade to her gift to write numbers that so vividly and movingly bring into focus how we can all be touched by subjects like love, war, rights, religion and mysticism.

Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Francoise Hardy, Cher, Joe Cocker and Bobby Darin are a few of the virtual who’s who of the music business who have tapped into her rich catalogue.

For someone who has achieved so much – she also wrote one of the greatest peace anthems ‘Universal Soldier’ – Buffy shows no signs of letting up and still has ambitions to fulfill.

“Yes I do! I wake up in the morning feeling like somebody shot me out of a slingshot! Somehow I’ve got a lot of energy,” Buffy told The Beat by telephone from her home in Hawaii where she has lived for more than 40 years.

Her home underlines how she likes to shun the trappings of stardom and stay close to her Canadian Indian roots.

“I live on a goat farm in the mountains. I’m raising 27 goats and two horses and a kitty cat. Plus I’m on the road with a rock ‘n’ roll band…”

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IN DEPTH: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER

bsm-itsmywayVietnam soldier’s grafitti, mis-identified by Smithsonian Magazine as a “mystery poem”, turns out actually to be from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song Universal Soldier.

In 1967, a young G.I. was lying on his bunk on a troop carrier headed to Vietnam. On the canvas bottom of the bunk above him, he carefully wrote a few lines of free verse in Morse code. That piece of canvas was donated along with a few others to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where a historian was studying wartime graffiti.

You’re the one who must decide
Who’s to live and who’s to die
You’re the one who gives his body
As a weapon of the war – And without you all this killing can’t go on.

The historian published the “mystery poem” in the Smithsonian magazine. It prompted hundreds of letters, more than any other the editors had received on any other article. They were mostly from Vietnam vets. Some were scolding. Every one pointed out that the mystery poem was actually an extract from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s classic song, Universal Soldier.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie to play Canada’s Walk of Fame

Canada’s Walk of Fame introduces a four-day festival of music, comedy and film, featuring some of Canada’s most iconic performers. Headlining the weekend’s festivities are internationally acclaimed artists Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burton Cummings, and Paul Anka. In total, the festival will announce over 50 performances including a spotlight on 26 emerging artists. The festival will be held at select locations in Toronto October 14 – 17 (catch Buffy on Saturday, October 16 at the Elgin Theatre). Tickets on sale now!

http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/

Reviews: The Pathfinder – Buried Treasures

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This album is a digitally re-mastered version of three albums: “Buffy,” “Changing Woman” and “Sweet America” on the Gypsy Boy Music label, distributed by Appleseed Records in the U.S., and EMI in Canada. These songs, written in the 1970s and new to most Buffy fans, fit right in with both her classics and more recent songs. Look forward to hearing them live this fall. Tour response to her song Generation live in concert across Canada has been incredible.

Interview with The Yellowknifer newspaper

Yellowknifer: How do you feel about your long-celebrated repertoire from the 1960s and 1970s – have you tired of performing your oldest songs live or does it still excite you to perform the classics?

Buffy Sainte-Marie: If I get tired of a song, I don’t do it until I’m hot for it again. The nicest thing that can happen to a classic song is when a new band falls in love with it – it’s like a musical aphrodisiac every time – and good songs remain good songs.

The best thing about the re-release of The Pathfinder: Buried Treasures mid-70s collections is the songs! Of course some of the arrangements sound kinda dated now, and recording techniques are different; but underneath all that, the songs are really strong. Some of them were too early (environmental greed, women’s perspectives) but now people get it. There are all kinds of surprises for people who lost track of me in 1967 – pounding rockers and environmental protests and some totally intimate love songs that most people wouldn’t guess are mine.

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New videos are online

Check out Buffy at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, documentary footage, EPK video, and more in the online video section!

New Video ‘Fallen Angels’

Music video for Fallen Angels is online!

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