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Quotes by Buffy Sainte-Marie

Quotes by Buffy Sainte-Marie

All my first albums, they’re full of heart and emotion, and the songs are wonderful, but they wouldn’t have been the takes I would have chosen.
Another time factor is output: proofing and printing. That is, getting your work out of the computer and onto paper and having it satisfy you. It can be time consuming and expensive.
As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar.
But in the old days, visual artists used to fall into two distinct categories: those of us who created images with cameras and those of us who applied stuff onto other stuff, with brushes or other tools.
By looking at the questions the kids are asking, we learn the scope of what needs to be done.
Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters.
Digital imaging allows both groups to rise above the limitations of mess and clutter and mechanics, and apply our talents to creating images limited only by our imaginations.
For me, the hip word is ‘mutate.’ We’re ripening all the time.
I didn’t get into the music business because somebody made me take piano lessons, you know. I got into music because I was a natural writer and had a lot of curiosity about sound.
I lead a charmed life.
I put all my time into Indian rights, and I think this is something I know something about, and I think that my time is best spent insofar as my political views are concerned.
I see myself as having three families: my birth family, the family that raised me, and my Cree family, who I was reunited with in my late teens, so I consider myself to be lucky.
I think that most Americans feel that the Indians lost because of fair fights and superior odds and superior weaponry. That’s because that’s the only side of the story that’s been told.
I was adopted without the benefit of papers. They used to hide adoption in the forties; I don’t know why. Perhaps it was shameful. I could have been kidnapped – there are all kinds of crazy things that people have done – but I got over dealing with that a long time ago.
I was an infant when I was living in Canada, but when I was adopted, I was a baby, so I grew up in Maine and Massachusetts, and I returned to Saskatchewan as – in my late teens.
I was using computers for music in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and people didn’t get it. They thought you should only use computers for your taxes and making pie charts.
I was very unhappy when I used to record and things wouldn’t turn out the way I would want to, because I was being such a nice girl. I wouldn’t complain when things were going wrong.
I work closely with the printer to get the final print the way I want it.
I’m not like a professional writer with professional skills. Songs kind of come into my head the same way they did when I was a kid. I say I’m an overgrown kindergarten kid. I work on songs.
I’m so happy to be a song-writer – I’m even surprised when I get to record anything. I consider it a considerable privilege and a blessing to have a medium of expression that has a place in the world.
I’m told I was born in Canada, but I was adopted, and I grew up in Maine and Massachusetts.
I’ve always had that attitude about my career: it’s something that I do, but it’s not my whole life. I have a real life, a personal life: I’ve got a lot of chickens, I’ve got a horse, I’ve got a kitty-cat, I’ve got a lot of goats, I’ve got animals all over the place.
I’ve had a different kind of career on the periphery of show business. I’ve never been on any kind of corporate timetable whereby every six months I have to pop out a record like a pulping mill. I’ve called my own shots. When I get tired, I take time off.
If I’m interrupted, it’s just a minor inconvenience, but not a disaster, because it’s easy to get back where I was: that is, the paint has not changed consistency; the light has not moved.
Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what ‘was’ and ‘were,’ we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture.
It never occurred to me that I was important enough to have some politician go out of his way to silence me. I only found out about it in the ’80s by accident – a broadcaster announced they received letters of commendation from the White House for having suppressed my music. My career was so highly impacted in the U.S. it will never recover.
My first Macintosh was a 128k machine which I upgraded to 512k the minute it became possible.
Once an artist explores the vast variety of tools and features available on the great programs, we’re hooked.
Sixteen million colors in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down.
That is, an artist who creates lots of work probably experiences prolific days and slower days.
The art of the three-minute song is more like journalism than writing a big 400-page book. You want to be brief, you want to make sense right yen and there. And sometimes that takes a bit of work.
The artistic process in digital art is very much the same as for making other kinds of paintings.
The input of Idle No More has been a lightning rod for people who were already thinking this way. We are reaching clarities on bigger issues like fracking and GMOs and climate change.
The key is in remaining just aloof enough from a painting so that you know when to stop.
The paintings are transferred from my computer to a disk, and I can hand it to the printer this way; or I can modem the painting to the printer over the phone lines from my house in Hawaii.
The time I save setting up and cleaning up probably balances out by the time I spend on output.
We allow each other so little enjoyment or even tolerance for our individualities, our uniquenesses, and yet to me, that’s what it’s all about.
We also have the option of scanning in an image from outside the computer… a photo, or a sketch done with traditional tools; and we can then paint, manipulate, process, change, and further develop the image within the computer, watching our progress on the monitor.
When I first got famous in the ’60s, I got a little too famous, and in order to escape showbusiness, I moved to Hawaii.
When I was three, I didn’t play with other kids very much; I was kind of isolated. I got used to be being bullied and having to think my way out of situations in the same way that other kids would fight their way out. Then I discovered a piano, and it became my playmate.
When somebody says, ‘Oh, Buffy, you’re such a warrior for peace’, I stop them and say, ‘No, I’m not really a warrior for peace. What I promote is alternative conflict resolution’.
When we draw on the tablet, the drawing shows up on the computer screen. If we have chosen to tell the computer that the stylist is to behave like a piece of chalk, or a pen, or a wet brush, it will.

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