By Nicholas Hooper
It’s dark in the underworld. But is that necessarily a bad thing? I always thought of dark as a place where things can hide unseen and leap out at me. Fear the dark where ghosts and ghouls live. You can’t see. You don’t know. You have no frame of reference.
But dark is night. Dark is sleep time when we enter an underworld and have dreams that make no sense unless there is an interpreter to hand. I need the dark to sleep and to rest – a part of my life so important but so forgotten.
In the underworld are the roots of the world, the roots of my consciousness, where mysterious things happen. We can make them fearful, ghastly. Or we can make them restful or even adventurous. Search the roots and find the truths. Look at what’s under your feet. Think below the ground and find you underworld of souls once lost… found.
“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, 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