Ben’s new song “Only Love” with Tycho is out now! Listen here. ☮️ 

Here’s a note from Ben: 

In 2014 while reading ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’ by Naomi Klein, I came across a quote from Montanan goat rancher and environmentalist Alexis Bonogofsky that moved me immensely. Speaking about the fight to protect public lands in southeastern Montana from the mining company Arch Coal, she said: 

“(The) connection to this place and the love people have for it, that’s what Arch Coal doesn’t get. They underestimate that. They don’t understand it so they disregard it. And that’s what in the end will save that place. Is not the hatred for the coal companies, or anger, but love will save this place.” 

When Scott sent me the music for “Only Love,” it seemed perfect for this statement. Since reading Alexis’ words I’ve carried them as a universal truth; that the only way we preserve the people, places or things we care for is with love, not hatred. This is often easier said than done, of course. But I find myself coming back to her statement as if it were a mantra. 

I grew up hiking and camping on public lands here in Washington State and my love for them has only increased since becoming a mountain / ultra / trail runner. They were in the forefront of my mind while working on this song.