Monday, August 29, 2011


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Magic Never Dies
Buffy Sainte-Marie found and admired this passage in Leonard Cohen's second novel, "Beautiful Losers". While visiting Leonard one day, she sang it to him. First released as part of her pioneering album, "Illuminations," this song was recorded anew for Buffy's
"Up Where We Belong" recording. 
A Cree songwriter born in Saskatchewan, Buffy has long been a devoted social activist, a voice for Native rights, founder of the Cradleboard Teaching Project, star on Sesame Street, and an artis
exploring her work through modern digital media.
For many years, unknown to her, Buffy's work was blacklisted and denied radio play as a result of pressure from government representatives in the United States during the 1970s. She later won an Academy Award for the song, "Up Where We Belong".
Her latest work, a 'comeback' album of sorts, is called
"Running For The Drum".

Here are two more versions I like if you care to listen again.

 Beautiful Losers
The words Leonard Cohen recites in this 1967 performance was a passage from his 1966 novel, "Beautiful Losers." This passage was itself later published separately as an illustrated book called "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot." Buffy Sainte-Marie first released "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot" on her album, Illuminations, in 1969. Cohen's recitation includes a final section absent from the Buffy Sainte-Marie version


There is no end

1 comment:

deanna7trees said...

enjoyed your post. especially the last video. i see you're playing with changing your blog. i love those leaves at the top. off to create some magic. have a great day.