12 Days of Crisis
Lyrics, musical arrangement, and recording:
Neil Browning (North Wales XR Gogledd Cymru)
Artwork & video production: Maria Hayes
‘When I heard the title of Extinction Rebellion's series of actions in December, it immediately struck me that somebody should do a reworking of the traditional Christmas song to complement this. A few enquiries to XR seemed to show that there was nothing like this in the pipeline, so I began to explore the possibility. I rewrote the lyrics, and realised it could be worth really going for in a big way. Over the space of the next twelve days (what a coincidence!) I worked long days in my studio in Caernarfon, arranging and recording the music, as well contacting other musicians I hoped might get involved. String and vocal parts began to come in over the internet, recorded on iPhones and in studios throughout the UK, and the piece took shape. A shoutout on Facebook revealed that an artist friend of mine could handle the video production for me, and Maria's input quickly became an essential part of the creative mix. She produced a set of original drawings for the video, and by 30th of November it was completed in time for my intended upload for a December 1st launch.
At the end, we can hear the voice of the young that our past actions may condemn to an uncertain future. I hope the lyrics, musical arrangement, and video will speak for themselves, and encourage all of us to take the steps necessary to avert disaster.’