Our Public Lands Playlist

Conservation Lands Foundation
|April 20, 2020

Music transports, inspires, and connects us. Primal and communal at the same time. For #earthday2020 we offer up this PublicLandsPlaylist curated by us--your friends at Conservation Lands Foundation. 

See which National Conservation Lands inspired these tracks below the list.

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  1. Budding Trees by Nahko & Medicine for the People, submitted by Bertha Gutierrez, Associate Program Director: “Reminds me of easy going times outside in the Nevada wilderness.”
  2. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynn, submitted by Elyane Stefanick, California Program Director: I first heard the song while watching a hip hop dance performance then it became my jam for all of 2015. It speaks to how I feel when looking over the Lost Coast while in the King Range National Conservation Area. There's no other place to be when there.”
  3. Where the Streets Have No Name by U2, submitted by Suzanne Connors, Senior Development Director: “Inspired by American experiences, literature, and politics, the whole Joshua Tree album is perfect for windows down, loud singalongs as you drive through one of my favorite places, the California Desert Conservation Lands.”
  4. California Stars by Billy Bragg & Wilco, submitted by Charlotte Overby, Senior Program Director: “A laid back, country tune that conjures driving on Highway 1 and taking in the rocks and sand and waves and bright sun of the California Coastal National Monument.”
  5. A Slice of Heaven by Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold, submitted by David Feinman, Government Affairs Director: “These are two of my favorite artists, and they collaborated on this mix in 2018 which I heard for the first time while on a trip out to Nevada to visit Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments.” [As a former Internet DJ, he knows what he’s talking about!]
  6. L by Tycho, submitted by Maricela Rosales, California Associate Program Director: “This song takes me to the California Desert Conservation Lands and my time out in the Alabama Hills Scenic Area, waking up in my tent and feeling the sun rise from the east.”
  7. Voy a Pasarmelo Bien by Hombres G, submitted by Jocelyn Torres, Senior Field Director: “Driving through the vast expanses in Nevada usually requires hours long playlists. Every outdoor trip deserves to be a party and this song reminds me of the Basin and Range National Monument.
  8. The Last Best Place by Harriet Reynolds, submitted by Charlotte Overby, Senior Program Director: “CLF’s Individual Giving Director Beth Poole and I were lucky to hear Harriet Reynolds, singer-songwriter based in Austin TX, sing one evening on the banks of the Upper Missouri River--the longest river in North America--during a Conservation Lands Foundation canoe trip through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
  9. We're All In This Together by Old Crow Medicine Show, submitted by Danielle Murray, Senior Policy and Legal Director: “It’s a classic. Very soulful and maybe a little sad, but beautiful. AND, the lyrics reflect much of what we’re all feeling during the pandemic --‘We’re all in this thing together, Walkin’ the line between faith and fear.' It reminds me of sitting by a campfire on the San Juan River in Bears Ears National Monument.”
  10. Swimmers by Zero 7 and Jem Cooke, submitted by Charlotte Overby, Senior Program Director: “I like it because it makes me think of all the great rivers I've gone swimming in! It reminds me of a time on the Chama Wild and Scenic River in New Mexico when I couldn't sleep, so I got up and just hung out sitting in a tied up boat.”
  11. Egg Hunt by You and Me submitted by Brian Sybert, Executive Director: “Perfect tunes for heading into the Gila River watershed in New Mexico or the Red Desert in Wyoming!” 
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