Sun lane

By Nicholas Hooper
Performed on my mother-in-law's grand piano and recorded on my iPhone while visiting her in Scotland.

Sun lane
A short name
For the long hill up to school
Up the slope
Full of hope
Down, you feel the fool

Place to learn
How to earn
Praise from all the teachers
Little male
How you fail
You least of all the creatures

Down the hill
Full of thrill
Of leaving for the last time
Now to thrive
For all your life
Living from your pastime.



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