By Nicholas Hooper

There are days when I want to thrum:
on an instrument, on a ship, in my head.
This constant sound is comforting
and I wonder if it is like the sound
of being in mother’s womb and hearing
mother’s blood flowing round giving
life to her and me.

So gently thrumming is a way to travel
through the inside and through the world
protected from jarring, jarring sounds
and murmuring like a thousand voices
as the waters of life rush over you
and bring you to a place of stillness
and peace, safe inside.



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