By Nicholas Hooper

Soften the loud.
Soften the hard.
Soften that thought
that keeps going round
and making a screechy
and thunderous sound.

So quietly now
find a new way
to soften the start
of a challenging day
and realise,
as you open your eyes,
that the world can be kind.
So soften your mind.



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