Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Blitzen Trapper, Bonnie Raitt, moe and several other artists have each donated songs to help the environment, in conjunction with outdoor clothing company Patagonia. The tracks will be sold for $.99 at www.patagonia.com/music, and will also be available on CD at Patagonia stores. “My hope is that fans see their favorite artists supporting the environment and want to get involved themselves,” says Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard. “The groups these musicians are supporting are the ones that are ultimately going to save the planet.”
Each artist selected which charity they wanted their song to benefit. Pearl Jam opted for a live version of “Oceans” that will benefit Conservation International Marine Programs. Jack Johnson picked the title track to his 2010 disc To The Sea to help the Kokua Hawai’I Foundation. Zac Brown went with a live version of “Cold Hearted” for Urban Farming, while Blitzen Trapper picked “All the Stones” for SOLV.
Moe wrote a brand new song entitled “One Life” for the project. “I originally came up with “One Life” in the spring/summer of last year in preparation for a writing session in Maine,” says Moe guitarist Chuck Garvey. “The sentiment was more about individual struggle against personal crisis and baggage in life… Rob [Derhak] suggested that we use this song for the Patagonia project. At first I didn’t get the connection, but it became more apparent that the themes of living more simply and ecological awareness were touched upon.”
Other artists participating in the project include Mason Jennings, John Scofield, Drive-By Truckers, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Philip Glass, String Cheese Incident and Los Lobos.