Idaho band a.k.a. Belle and wild horse group Wild Love Preserve have collaborated on a very special project to benefit the preservation of Idaho’s wild horses with the band’s new single, Mustangs.
While this song was inspired by the screenplay, The Misfits, written by Arthur Miller, the lyrics also resonated with the story of Wild Love Preserve founded in 2010 in Central Idaho.
In February, Catherine Merrick of the Boise-based indie band a.k.a. Belle reached out to Andrea Maki, the founder of Wild Love Preserve, with her desire to support the non-profit’s ongoing work in preserving Idaho’s wild horses in their native habitat. As a singer/songwriter, Merrick has been a lover of horses since childhood, and as a youngster dreamed of saving wild mustangs as visual artist, Maki, has done with her organization in Idaho.
In Merrick’s initial letter to Maki she wrote, “We are about to release a single called Mustangs. Though it is primarily based on the screenplay written by Arthur Miller, The Misfits, it is still, in essence, a song about mustangs, as well as the changing world we live in and people who are struggling with progress.”
In turn, after receiving Merrick’s letter and listening to her song, Maki was touched and inspired to fuse song, lyric and visuals into a video with some of her 2014/15 footage from the range, and with Wild Love Preserve’s 130 rescued Challis, Idaho wild horses.
The resulting video collaboration has organically unfolded in a manner that reflects stars aligning on behalf of the greater good. a.k.a Belle and Wild Love Preserve are mutually delighted by all of the productive good energy and collaboration which serves to benefit Idaho wild horses remaining wild on their home turf.
Mustangs release date is March 4 via Bandcamp. The Record Exchange in Boise will be selling download cards and folks will be able to pick up a WLP wristband with purchase. In addition to spreading awareness, a.k.a. Belle is donating proceeds from the single Mustangs to Wild Love Preserve.