IT’S A RAP!!!!!!! Transition Town video now available on YouTube
A rap video made about the Edible Garden in Crystal Palace is now available on YouTube.
The video – the brainchild of George Ranson – drew prolonged applause when it was screened at Crystal Palace Transition Town’s annual meeting earlier this year.
George, 24, told News From Crystal Palace: “I don’t consider myself a musician or an artist, just a guy who enjoys writing lyrics.
“I began writing about 18 months ago while I was in Nicaragua. “I wrote a song about my travels and continued to write when I got home. “I kept my material mostly to myself.
“That was until I got a job with my current company, The Sandwich Man. “My job involves cycling to designated office buildings and selling food to the people working there.
“Soon after starting I realised the potential for lyrics based on the products I was selling. “At this point I began to write specifically for my customers and would perform my songs in the open plan offices before selling the food I was referring to.
“The idea for the Edible Garden video formed when I began attending weekly gardening sessions at the Edible Garden, late in the summer of last year.
“The idea was simple: write a song to celebrate the garden. “Activities such as building a compost bin, having a group picnic, my personal experience of the garden (eating raw herbs etc) are what inspired me to share what goes on in the garden with people who otherwise might not know or care about what we are doing.
“So I began to write the lyrics that eventually made their way in to the video. “The bulk of the lyrics were written over the course of two months or so but I would constantly tweak them right up until the day we shot the video in April.
“I found it a challenge to know what to include and what to leave out. “For example, lyrics which are related to sustainable food growth (‘on our rooftops lets utilise space to grow crops, then swap our goods for other commodities we need from the community stock…’), while relevant, may have distracted from the garden itself so I left them out and tried to remain focused on the garden and the people there.
“The idea to create a video and the theme/content was mine. “However I did not work alone. “I was fortunate enough to meet a girl named Charlotte through my job as a Sandwich Man. “Charlotte was one of my customers.
“One day we were speaking about my sandwich man rhymes and during the conversation I mentioned my desire to make a video for my community garden.
“Charlotte told me that making videos is a hobby of hers. “From that point on we worked together to further develop my ideas. “Once the song was taking shape we would go to the garden and go into detail about scenes and the storyboard etc.
“At some point Charlotte mentioned a friend of hers, Helen, who also enjoys making videos and has access to cameras, recording equipment and an editing suite through her job. “Helen subsequently joined us for one of our brainstorming sessions.
“I was amazed at my luck: there was now a small team of us. “A director, a camera lady and myself, as well as quality equipment. The three of us worked extremely well together; there was a comfortable and positive group dynamic.
“I should make it clear that the video is as much Helen’s and Charlotte’s as it is mine. “My idea and my lyrics but Charlotte was instrumental in developing my ideas into a finished product.
“She devised the storyboard, drew up the shooting plan and acted as the director on the day of filming. “Helen took care of all the technical editing, had input in to the content, and as a camera lady she was excellent.
“Everyone at Transition Town had been on board with the idea from day one. “They trusted us so we were given free rein to take our idea and realise it how we felt best.”
To watch the video please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UWM6EaP6wc (We Love Compost – CPTT at the community garden)