Posted on May 1, 2021
So, one of my best friends and most frequent collaborators, Richard Marc, has just released his brand new single, ‘Close To You.’ Of course, I always share my friends’ music on my socials but I wanted to share this on here because I helped write the song and I’m really proud to have been part of it. It’s a really lovely song. Please go and check it out!
Posted on April 23, 2021
Maybe this is a surprise or maybe it was completely predictable but now that the last of the videos for the Sunburst Sessions are out, I have released the audio of the sessions as an acoustic EP, now available on all major music platforms…
You can find the EP here! Please, please take a listen, add it to your playlists, or even buy it if you feel so inclined! All of these things help me to keep making music and that means the world to me. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do and now that I’ve started doing it, I never, ever want to stop. It’s the kind of magic that can’t be explained, only felt. I hope you know what I mean when I say that.
I hope you enjoy the EP. Please let me know what your favourite tracks are. And if you have any blog or music requests, please leave a comment or send me a message! As much as all of this is for me, it’s also for you as a reader and I’m always open to hearing your thoughts.
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Posted on March 13, 2021
As of today, I have been self isolating for a whole year. 365 days. In that time, I’ve probably left the house no more than twenty times: for one morning of work (that had to be done out while the rest I’ve been able to do from home), for medical appointments, for swimming/hydrotherapy. And a haircut (when my Trichotillomania was particularly bad) during a period when it was considered safe to have one. But other than that, as a vulnerable person, I’ve stayed home. I worked out the numbers and that means I’ve spent 95% of the last year in my house. I look at that number and it kind of blows my mind. I’ve always been a homebody but this is so not the same thing.
So, to acknowledge the occasion, I thought I’d make a post about it. I thought about doing a list of good things and bad things, but given that the year has been dominated by the pandemic, that just felt wrong. Like, in general, it feels like the bad things carry so much more weight; a list like that just didn’t feel like an appropriate way to look at the last year. So, instead I thought I’d make a list of some of the things I’ve learned this year. There have been so many new experiences, new approaches to everyday tasks, new thoughts, new emotions, and so on. So I thought that might be a better way of looking at things. I doubt I’ll remember everything but I’ll give it a go.
As I said, I’m sure there are more things that I’ve learned during this time but I think that these are all of the big ones, the big, personal ones. I’m included in the group currently being vaccinated (although I’ve yet to hear anything) so maybe I will be heading out a little more often once that happens, if only to get some more exercise. But to be honest, given how this last year has affected my mental health, I don’t think I’m going to be exactly quick to adjust to the idea that things are somewhat safer (the government certainly seems to think so, what with their plan to come out of lockdown). As desperate as I am to see my friends and family again and get back to swimming again, I don’t think I’m going to feel safe again for a long time: as I said, I don’t cope well with change.
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Hi! I’m Lauren Alex Hooper. Welcome to my little blog! I write about living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as several mental health issues. I’m a singersongwriter (and currently studying for a Masters in songwriting) so I’ll probably write a bit about that too.
My first single, ‘Invisible,’ is now available on iTunes and Spotify, with all proceeds going to Young Minds.
I’m currently releasing my first EP, Honest, track by track and all five songs are now available on all major music platforms. However, there’s still more content to come…