Long-time documentary maker Philip Coulter has come to know Buffy Sainte-Marie pretty well over the past few months. In the course of creating his documentary Still This Love Goes On: The Songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, he listened to literally hours and hours of the CBC Radio interviews the songwriter gave over the past 30 years. Coulter reacquainted himself with Sainte-Marie's body of work (19 albums since 1964) and had his own face-to-face interview with her in Calgary this past April.
The first song on Sainte-Marie's first album in 1964 was all about keeping a close eye on politics, watching out for dishonesty, the importance of history and the responsibilities of being a good citizen. That song was “Now That the Buffalo's Gone,” and it set the tone for a career that's been almost 50 years, and still counting.
The great Cree singer, songwriter, visual artist and social activist is a gifted communicator with a lifelong commitment to social justice and equity. There are many artists with those kinds of values, but Sainte-Marie is unique – not just for that voice, but also for her ability to put the tough message across in an entertaining way. It makes her the best kind of teacher, and what she has to tell is both fresh and timeless.
This is a portrait of Sainte-Marie in her own words and music, drawn from her many albums and radio interviews, all tied together with a brand new interview for Inside the Music.
PLAYStill This Love Goes On: The songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, is produced and presented by Philip Coulter.
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on Jun 18, 2012