By Nicholas Hooper
A strange car, an odd email
came today and I felt fear.
What’s the weather pattern? Who’s the threat?
Feeling is it the time of year
when darkness falls so early now
and lifts so late, I cannot see
out to the grass and trees and nettles?
Surely life will let me be.
I’m sheltered now, or am I trapped
in shards of wood and stone and steel?
The faint metallic chink of locks
protected now is how I feel?
When wood smokes hard and lights are dim
when hunkered down and hunkered in,
I feel the threat of future fears
that chase me down the fading years.
So play a tune to help me see
a better way to feel secure.
To bring a warmth now to my home
and welcome stranger to my door.
“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