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Wellington solo-pianist’s new single dives deep into own alcohol struggle

24 June 2022 - 0 Comments

Samuel Philip Cooper, a 27-year-old solo contemporary pianist from Wellington, New Zealand, is excited to release his new single, Same Mistakes, following his two most recent singles, A Call For Help and Forever Loved, released in April and May 2022.

Listen to Same Mistakes here

Same Mistakes was first written during a week following several weekends of heavy drinking, faced with ‘all too familiar’ regretful consequences and anxiety from his abuse of alcohol.

“In late 2020 and early 2021, I sought help with my drinking and learnt some strategies for moderation, which worked initially and were helpful. However, I gradually over time fell into bad habits again. I was waking up on Monday and sometimes Tuesday’s still feeling hungover and full of anxiety and regret from the weekends. My actions while under the influence were impacting my friendships and credibility, and this composition reflects a desperate plea to myself to stop.”

The composition tells the anguish, anger and frustration of the ways time and time again Samuel continued to lose control when he touched alcohol, despite knowing deep down he wanted to stop drinking. In a positive light though, it was only until composing this song Samuel genuinely realized he needed to change in order to be a better version of himself, and be happier mentally. The epic ending of the composition signifies a challenge and commitment to himself to follow through with his determination of quitting the booze, eventually.  

Through the release of Same Mistakes, Samuel hopes that by speaking up about his struggles with alcohol, others who are enduring similar issues do not have to suffer in silence, and instead ask for help rather than suffer alone. Samuel is now 8 months sober in his sobriety journey, feeling much happier, though still has moments of temptation of having ‘just one’, but has built up a strong set of willpower to deal with alcohol cravings and urges.

The easing of the COVID 19 restrictions have enabled Samuel to share his compositions and stories behind them in a live performance setting. On the 29th of March, Samuel played a small intimate gig at the Goethe Institut on Cuba Street, playing his own compositions off his album Breaking the Silence, along with some of his favourite cover songs. More recently, Samuel performed at the ‘Let’s Get Comfy with Talking About Mental Health’ event on Saturday 11th June at the Lower Hutt Events Centre (12pm-10pm) hosted by PATPAT. Both performances were well received, and were great learning experiences for Samuel as he has recently taken the step of performing live.

Samuel is currently planning a concert for November/December in Wellington, and branching out the logistics of performing live in another areas of New Zealand.


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