The Burroughs Songscape Songwriting Retreat

The Burroughs, with Roosevelt National Forest in the background. Credit: Charles Kelly

The latest creation of nature and music will come to life in a “songscape” from the Greeley soul band, The Burroughs, later this month.

The Burroughs, a nine-piece soul band from Greeley, completed a songscape hosted by CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources on Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus. It was part of the nonprofit organization, Sustain Music and Nature, which partners with the music industry and environmental organizations by pairing bands with public lands to create new music and build awareness for America’s beautiful landscapes. The release of this work of art is on Sept. 29 at New Belgium Brewing.

The Burroughs went to the Roosevelt National Forest to create a song and music video inspired by the peaks and valleys of this 1,271-square-mile public resource. The Burroughs’ trip is part of a series of songwriting retreats organized by Sustain Music and Nature.

Songscape songwriting retreats partner public land agencies and musicians. Through the hospitality of public land hosts, musicians are immersed in the beauty and history of protected lands. Following a week-long retreat, bands create a song inspired by their experiences and shoot a music video to show off the landscape alongside the song it inspired. The song and video help inspire and encourage audiences to value public lands. Proceeds from song sales help support Sustain, the band, and public areas.

National forests provide a wealth of public benefits including recreation opportunities, habitat for wildlife, water and more. Songscapes aim to use the emotional power of music to highlight public lands to audiences that might not otherwise be aware of the beautiful places they own as citizens, and their role as good stewards.

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Cynthia Wilson is a multimedia journalist with a Masters in New Media Journalism and a Bachelors in Journalism with a minor in Music Theory and Composition. She has a grassroots digital publication, Argento Studios. She is a content producer and co-founder of The Nashville Music Masters. She was the social producer for Green Mile Films, PR for Women’s Grand Prix at the US Pro Challenge, and Chief Relationship Officer for technology company Studio Hyperset. She is a music journalist, freelance writer, and digital content producer.

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