Buffy Sainte-Marie – “Starwalker
This lady has been writing, playing and singing since her early childhood. She was born in 1941 on the Piapot Cree Indian reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada.
By 1962, in her early twenties, Sainte-Marie was touring alone, developing her craft and performing in various concert halls, folk music festivals and Native Americans reservations across the United States, Canada and abroad. She spent a lot of time in the coffeehouses of downtown Toronto and Greenwich Village as part of the early to mid-1960s folk scene, often alongside other emerging Canadian contemporaries, such as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. Many of her hits have been covered by Chet Atkins, Janis Joplin, Taj Mahal, Donovan, Elvis Presley, and Roberta Flack. She was educated at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and earned a BA, PhD as well as many honorary degrees from institutions throughout the USA and Canada.
She also wrote and recorded a song called “Cod’ine” in response to an addiction, which was covered by many artists in the 60’s and 70’s and deserves a listen as well. Another one of her songs, “Universal Soldier” was very popular at anti-war protests in the 60′.
It was difficult to choose which of her recordings to offer you, as her songwriting is so varied, yet I find most of them riveting. I especially enjoy her warbling voice. Enjoy.