Worth it

By Nicholas Hooper
Written after hearing Cara Dillon’s and Sam Lakeman’s ‘Coming Home’ concert at the Stables, Wavendon. The CD of this wonderful collaboration of words and music is released today!!! But do buy the book as well, as the stories behind the poems are essential to get the full experience of Cara and Sam’s latest, phenomenal creation.

It was worth it, to drive through rain on a dark night,
my old eyes earnestly searching for worn-out road markings
in our worn-out country.

To arrive early and be welcomed at a place of music
where we have heard so much creativity and originality
over the years.

And there was a sublime forging of words and music.
A telling of stories that touched all our hearts.
A flow of notes that still left space for the journey of words
that she had found in her early mornings.

We were buried in this and revelled in it,
needing to hear it again and again so as not to miss a word of it,
a note of it.

Simple it sounds, but not so. Every crafted word and musical
sweep was thought of and loved with such care that a mother can give
and a father can support.

And yet, there was a freedom there.
The words and music came from a place of release, not captured
but nurtured in a stream of memories and understandings.

We would go again, though the rain poured, the lines faded,
to hear such a blessing of natural art.
But we have it in our hands now and in our hearts,
to listen again, and again.



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