One Stop (Film-Poem)

One Stop Laurels

Our recent film-poem collaboration “One Stop” was nominated for best music/sound at Liberated Words III in Bristol, where it premiered. The original soundtrack was composed and performed by Valerie Kampmeier. The film commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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One Stop

Do you remember beach-combing
for three-oh-three shells,
our little Easter-egg hunt
for exploding chocolate?
I think of you whenever
I snap the pill box shut.
You called our ride in a Higgins
boat "one stop on a busy tube."
We breathed through our helmets,
begging the spume to ricochet,
then leapt the ditch toward freedom
and cleared the snarling wire.
So this is freedom. This side
contains the same amount
of nitrogen in the air.
We won the race with our fists,
hands down, sound bananas.
What was it all for, Charlie?
Nineteen more minutes of linked
hands and holy prayers
to that bombshell divinity?
How do we know this road
leads back to the invisible base?
Go first. I'm right behind you.

Process Notes

I sourced archival colour footage of WWII, and composited this into an animation that I created using Blender 3D. I recorded journeys on the tube with an X1 Zoom, and mixed this under Valerie's music and my voice reading the poem.

Life Coaching for Musicians

Thirteen years ago, an injury brought Valerie‘s career as a successful classical pianist in London to a halt. Several years later, she left her teaching job at a well-known conservatoire, and moved to California to study psychology in a unique postgraduate program. Not long off the plane, we met, and fell in love. And I did what any man does in love — I made her a website. Her piano teaching practice in Los Angeles bloomed.

Moving to Ojai several years later meant mostly starting over with her teaching practice. But by that time she began to synthesize her experiences in the rigorous life of a musician with deep and meaningful training in psychology, counseling, and self-development. She began coaching other musicians from this perspective. As a result, I have seen Valerie bring a unique blend of wisdom, insight, humor, and practicality to help numerous musicians overcome resistance and blocks to achieve greater success, harmony, and balance in their work and in their lives.

Today I’m happy to announce a re-launch of Valerie’s website for free2create Life Coaching for Musicians. On the site, Valerie explains a bit about how she works, as well as how life coaching can actually be more effective than just career coaching. If you feel held back as a musician from living and playing at your best, or know someone else who does, I encourage you to get in touch.