Marfa: The Playlist

Marfa: The Playlist

Marfa may be the place we have most looked forward to visiting. Marfa is a small (one-stoplight small) town in West Texas, which started as an artist collective. It still retains its creative, off-beat energy but it absolutely does not forget the fact that it is in West Texas. Desert cowboys are just as prevalent as off-the-grid creative transplants and boots and hats are more than a fashion choice – they are practically a requirement in Marfa’s harsh climate.

Marfa is known for some unexplained paranormal activity, the Marfa Lights (also known as the Marfa Ghost Lights). Believers (like Joe) will tell you that it may be ghosts or UFOs. More than likely, it’s reflections from headlights or campfires, but WHO’S TO SAY. 

Either way, Marfa is a mysterious, off-kilter place where the simple, hard desert life is recognized, even worshipped, for its beauty and malaise. That’s the mood we wanted to reflect in the Marfa playlist. Desert meets isolation meets art meets love meets adventure meets self-discovery. 


Airstream Driver by Gomez

Marfa is an ideal place to camp and, in fact, during our time in Marfa we’re staying in a converted camper on a huge campground that also offers teepees, yurts, safari tents, and self-camping sites. 

Pepper by Butthole Surfers

They were all in love with dying/they were doing it in Texas

With Your Two Hands by The Wind and the Wave

You built a house with your two hands/you built a fire down in the sand/ you drive no matter where we go

I tried but it’s so hard to get my mother to discard and wash the smell of camping from our clothes

Way Out There by Lord Huron 

Find me way out there/there’s no road that will lead us back

When you follow the strange trails/they will take you who knows where

A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

Marfa has a light noise ordinance, and there is nothing around for at least twenty miles, which means the night sky is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. 

Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

Given the mysterious Marfa lights and the affinity for camp fires, Marfa is just as active after dark as it is during the day. we’ve even seen the phrase, “campfire is our church” in multiple places around town. So, there you go. 

Girl From the North Country by Bob Dylan + Johnny Cash

This song is dusty and wistful and sounds like a one-stoplight town.

HooDoo by Muse

Nevermind by Leonard Cohen

This song sounds deserty and mysterious.

Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon by Urge Overkill

Sounds like something you’d hear when a beautiful woman walks into a saloon and catches the eye of a desert cowboy. Or something.