By Nicholas Hooper
From my point of view, the world is a fast place. Too fast, if you ask me. Everything scuttles and rushes, twitches and wriggles, and above, huge shadows threaten my short horizon. I’ve got ears and can hear, and I’m so often puzzled by low roaring noises, as if an unbelievably gigantic monster is horrendously angry. The large animals – the humans who think they run my garden – are mostly safe. Once or twice I’ve been picked up by one and, just as I’m about to shed my tail and escape, I hear their sounds of admiration and happiness in seeing me and feeling my super-smooth scales as I glide over their hands. They mostly know that I eat the main enemy of the garden – slugs… YUM!
“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