Buffy has been a huge influence on me ever since I got to listen to her music on my parents' vinyls. I just love her, she really is an amazing artist. Everything she does is amazing to me. What a wonderful lady. ♡
I did nine months of my four year wildlife ranger's apprenticeship working alongside various park rangers in the Yukon. In fact, I got on really well with one ranger in particular and he later became a great mentor to me after I revealed in casual conversation that I was a keen fan of Buffy St Marie and Joni Mitchell. He was said to have Cree ancestry and was a brilliant tracker. However, he could never really get his head around the fact that some guy all the way from the UK could be such a fan of Canadian-born singer/songwriters, even though I explained how I'd actually seen Mitchell perform way back in the 1970s at the old Wembley Stadium alongside Crosby, Stills, Nash and...Young (another Canadian). He was even more amazed when I explained that it had been such a blisteringly hot summer's day with absolutely no shade available where I was sitting out on what would normally have been the centre circle of the football pitch, that I actually fell asleep during part of the concert!
You can keep your Hallelujahs, Buffy Sainte-Marie singing God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot is the greatest Cohen cover, even if he never wrote it as a song. In over 40 years it's power as never diminished.
I was in a shop the other day and 'Until It's Time For You To Go' was playing. I had to stop and write down the lyrics in my phone so I could find it later. I'd never been so instantly drawn to a song or a voice before.
Check out the kick-ass video as well as the lyrics of “No No Keshagesh” (translation - “greedy guts”) a scathing portrait of - what else - American “business as usual” from the new album: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/27/808528/-Native-American-Heritage-Day:-No-No-Keshagesh
One of the most important musical geniuses of the last 100 years. Buffy Sainte-Marie's message is universal and beautiful. She speaks to the listener as though she is from another time period... one where the garden of all knowledge exists in every community.