Medicine Songs

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Medicine Songs

Buffy Sainte Marie

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A Statement from Buffy:

This is a collection of front line songs about unity and resistance – some brand
new and some classics – and I want to put them to work. These are songs I’ve
been writing for over fifty years, and what troubles people today are still the same

damn issues from 30-40-50 years ago: war, oppression, inequity, violence, rank-
ism of all kinds, the pecking order, bullying, racketeering and systemic greed.

Some of these songs come from the other side of that: positivity, common sense,
romance, equity and enthusiasm for life.
I’ve found that a song can be more effective than a 400-page textbook. It's
immediate and replicable, portable and efficient, easy to understand – and
sometimes you can dance to it. Effective songs are shared, person-to-person, by
artists and friends, as opposed to news stories that are marketed by the fellas
who may own the town, the media, the company store and the mine. I hope you
use these songs, share them, and that they inspire change and your own voice.
It might seem strange that along with the new ones, I re-recorded and updated
some of these songs from the past using current technologies and new
instrumentations – giving a new life to them from today's perspective. The thing
is, some of these songs were too controversial for radio play when they first
came out, so nobody ever heard them, and now is my chance to offer them to
new generations of like-minded people dealing with these same concerns. It’s
like the play is the same but the actors are new.
I really want this collection of songs to be like medicine, to be of some help or
encouragement, to maybe do some good. Songs can motivate you and advance
your own ideas, encourage and support collaborations and be part of making
change globally and at home. They do that for me and I hope this album can be
positive and provide ideas and remedies that rock your world and inspire new
ideas of your own.