Music For A Cause: a.k.a. Belle with Wild Love Preserve

Idaho's a.k.a. Belle and Wild Love Preserve have collaborated on a very special project to benefit the preservation of Idaho's wild horses with their new single "Mustangs." While the song was inspired Arthur Miller's screenplay, “The Misfits," the lyrics also resonate with the story of Wild Love Preserve.

Recently Catherine Merrick of the Boise-based indie band, a.k.a. Belle, reached out with her desire to support Wild Love Preserve'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 rescuing wild mustangs.

In Catherine's initial contact 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 Catherine's letter and listening to her song, Andrea's natural inclination was to fuse song, lyric and visuals into a video with some 2014/15 footage from the range, and with Wild Love Preserve's 130 rescued Challis, Idaho wild horses.

Video filmed and produced by Andrea Maki. ©Andrea Maki 2016 • Original Music by a.k.a Belle.

This video collaboration organically unfolded in a manner that reflects stars aligning on behalf of our 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. a.k.a. Belle is donating proceeds from their new single “Mustangs” to Wild Love Preserve and are making a marked difference in Idaho wild horse preservation. Music For A Cause and Everyone Wins! 

Big Love, Big Thanks to a.k.a. Belle!

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Text at end of Mustangs Video:

Wild Love Preserve is an American legacy project. The iconic wild mustang is pure Americana, symbolizing unbridled freedom, power, determination, and the wild west. Our wildness is essential to our whole.

Founded in 2010, by contemporary visual artist Andrea Maki, Wild Love Preserve engages public and private lands to address all facets of Idaho wild horse conservation on home turf, from our rescued 130 Challis, Idaho wild horses as result of the 2012 BLM Helicopter Roundup, to our collaborative work on the range. This includes our creation of a permanently protected wild expanse in the heart of Idaho wild horse country. 

Your support benefits the preservation of Idaho wild horses in their native habitat and nurtures the health and balance of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole. If you believe in the importance of our nation’s wild places, now and for future generations, we invite you to walk with us. To learn more and contribute, visit:

Music For A Cause: a.k.a. Belle and their new single “Mustangs,” 2016.