When I released the recording of my song, A Little Note, I never imagined it as a music video.
As I strummed my guitar, I envisioned a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. I imagined her as a waitress waiting tables in a bar. She goes home every night to man who abuses her. One day while covering bruises on her face she looks into the mirror and sees a new determination in her own eyes. She picks up a pen and begins to construct a little note telling him goodbye. At that moment she begins a trajectory that leads her to pack up her suitcase and finally escape.
I recorded this song as a part of my “Heart Of the Great Unknown” album. In 2014 A Little Note won a Washington DC Music Award (Wammie Award) for Song of the Year. I realized that people were moved by this story.
The idea for creating a music video began to take shape as I realized the implications of being able to share this story in a powerful new medium. I was suddenly contacted by Michael O Synder, a well known film maker here in DC and the process began. It was many months from creating the storyboard, finding locations and casting the movie. Every turn had it’s own challenges and rewards. I did an Indiegogo Campaign and raised the $6000 needed to turn this vision into a reality.
The closer we got to finishing the video the more I realized that this mini film could be connected to the national domestic violence awareness movement. As it happened we finished the video in time for an October release which coincided perfectly with “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”.
A Little Note is a story of hope and determination.
My wish is that victims of abuse take the steps needed to break free and live the life they deserve. I know it is not always an easy decision to leave and it can be difficult to actually break free, but that determination will open up new roads, new opportunities for healing and a better life.
I would appreciate any comments you have on this blog post and the video. Please share it. One in 4 women will experience abuse in her lifetime. It could be someone you know. Help me share this message of hope.
— Laura Baron