Find a theme

By Nicholas Hooper

Nestling somewhere in hands, in mind is a theme.
Like a small creature, shy of the world, let it out
and watch it move and shift and grow until it
takes you on a walk through imagination and sound.

Like a faithful dog now, it will lead into places
both familiar and unexpected, the scene rising and falling
as you stumble, run, pause, and then walk steadily
to your destination through unforeseen twists and turns.

Now, as you look back, you can see the thing,
the thing that you created that started small and unknown
and now it raises its head proudly and says:
‘there, I told you it would happen, you found me
and here I am, a theme.’



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper