moe., Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson and Umphrey’s McGee are among the artists who have offered tracks to the Patagonia Music Collective. This new site affiliated with the environmentally-conscious apparel company, launched today at Tracks will be sold for $.99 each, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations selected by the artists.

moe.‘s Chuck Garvey offers his thought on the song “One Life,” which his group has made available: “I originally came up with “One Life” in the spring/summer of last year in preparation for a writing session in Maine. The sentiment was more about individual struggle against personal crisis and baggage in life. “Leave everything by the side of the road….leave everything too heavy to hold” is about getting to what is more important and productive to having a fuller, better life. I guess I like to write with analogies and symbolism that make sense to me – this tends to make the lyrics have different meanings and interpretations. Rob 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. Great synergy with the lifestyle and ethos embodied in Patagonia’s “personality”. Then Al suggested as our charity of choice. Our past work with charities brought us to “why”, or World Hunger Year. was another great choice, as the basic necessities of life – water, food and shelter – seem like the strongest contenders for which to campaign. Within the social and ecological implications that are addressed whenever discussing these topics, one can argue that any solutions and progress whatsoever could have staggering results. Of course, clean drinking water now! After listening to the first mix of the song, I happened to go to the website to check out the water bottles and saw the “One Life” 100% donation that provides one person with clean water for life. I was stunned. There was a lot of synergy and universality going on here. What just happened?!”

The initial participants also include Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary, John Scofield, Zac Brown Band, Blitzen Trapper, Abigail Washburn and Brett Dennen, with the full list of acts, songs and benefit organizations listed below:

Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary “So Damn Good (Live)” Earth Justice
Zac Brown Brown “Cold Hearted (Live)” Urban Farming
Blitzen Trapper “All the Stones” SOLV
Mason Jennings “Don’t Let the World Go Black” Freedom to Roam
Jack Johnson “To the Sea” The kokua Hawai’I Foundation
Brandie Carlile Turpentine Honor the Earth
moe. “One Life”
Abigail Washburn “Sala (USA)” Roots & Shoots
Spoek Mathambo “Fly Away” The H.O.P.E. Foundation
The Bad Plus “Who’s He?” Defenders of Wildlife
Ben Solee “The Wires” Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Ziggy Marley A Fire Burns for Freedom JAMAICA Envirnoment Trust
Maroon 5 “Wake Up Call (Live)” Reverb
Toad the Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean-Acoustic” South Coast Habitat Restoration
Pearl Jam “Oceans” Conservation International Marine Programs
Piers Faccini “Until Silence Reads the Lines” Environmental Justice Foundation
Sun Kil Moon Chin Swee Suite The Ohio River Way
Philip Glass “Kyoko’s House” Sierra Club, Canadian Chapter
RaRa Riot “The Orchard (Friendly Ghost Remix)” Conservation Alliance
John Scofield “How Deep” Pesticide Action Network North America
Umphrey’s McGee “Hajimemashite” Climate Cycle
Brett Dennen “Little Cosmic Girl” The Tuolumne River Trust