What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
Okay if I had to pick one out of this awesome majestic album by an Englishman singing New Orleans blues, it’ll have to be St. James Infirmary followed by You Don’t Know My Mind. It’s the first song in the album Let Them Talk, and the one that blew my socks off that this is the former Dr. Gregory House on the piano playing and singing the blues.
Well, it’s the amazing Hugh Laurie, best known to American audiences as Dr. House although in England, he’s known for his funny turns in Blackadder series, and as the other half of Fry and Laurie with Stephen Fry.
Here’s an interesting tidbit (from Wikipedia) about how he got the role of Dr. House and what Bryan Singer thought of him:
Initial casting efforts failed to deliver the “quintessentially American person” producers were looking for, so they cast a wider net, House creator David Shore says.
That eventually yielded Laurie, who auditioned via video shot in a hotel bathroom (“It was the only place with enough light,” the actor says) in Namibia, where he was shooting the upcoming film Flight of the Phoenix. He was persuasive, if not exactly a household name.
Shore says that director Bryan Singer, one of the executive producers, said, ” ‘See, this is what I want: an American guy.’ Brian was completely unaware of the fact that Hugh was English.”
I’m so happy I found this album though because lately the only music I’ve been listening to has been the soundtrack to Spooks Seasons 5 – 8 (that’s 2 cd’s), which I listen to so I can finish writing my Broken story. And this soundtrack isn’t exactly happy-feel-good-listening, if you know what I mean…