Mrs. Walker's Music Video #8- You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind) - April 21/20

posted Apr 21, 2020, 10:54 AM by Leah Ashford

Hello everyone! It’s Mrs. Walker,

I hope you and your family are continuing to do well this week! I’ve heard from many students and parents that you’re doing some terrific activities together,  that you might not have had time for when school was the priority. Some of your photos make me very envious – there are some beautiful gardens being planted, some delicious food being cooked, and the baking looks fantastic! Well done!  I’m expecting it to be rainy some days this week, so when I’m not working, I’m planning some activities to keep myself busy in my house. As well, I’ll probably go for some peaceful walks in the rain with a good raincoat. My motto is always “Well, at least it’s not snow!”

Today’s video is one that I came across while I was looking further at the Inuit throat singing from last week’s video. While looking for more Indigenous music,  I was surprised to find that a singer from when I was a very young girl is still making recordings - her name is Buffy Sainte-Marie, and she was born in the Qu’appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. One of my favourite songs as a child was one she made famous called “Circle Game.” That was 50 years ago! Well, Buffy Sainte-Marie is still passionate about music, is a champion of Indigenous rights, and has recorded a song that is interwoven with Inuit Throat Singing. While she sings the words to “You Got To Run,” Inuk Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq, adds her extraordinary expertise in a counter-melody. Tanya is younger, but has become famous on the Canadian music scene in her own right. Both women have made great strides in bringing their native traditions to Canadian music, and you might want to do some further research to see what other amazing things that they have each accomplished. This video is a very high-spirited recording of both talented musicians, that really makes you want to get up and dance!

I’m hoping that everyone has been able to connect with their classroom teacher, and that you know that we are all working hard to keep the important connections going between school and home. It helps us too, because we all miss you so much! Please enjoy this lively video, and if you have any questions or comments, just send me an email! See you soon!


Mrs. Walker