House MD has bid goodbye, in the most abrupt of seasons. I had stopped following the 8th Season because it suddenly made very little sense, the development of my favorite character had now become a drag (perhaps happens with most sitcoms). But the one good takeaway I believe every House MD fan would have from the series was the genius of Hugh Laurie. His comic timing, his uncanny persona and his ability to hold on to a show with his single character for 7 seasons was sheer brilliance.
His self deprecating nature helped too, something most people mistake for humility. But for me, it was his music sense that spoke to me. Every season brought with it a soundtrack better than Glee! And Glee is a musical! To a large part, this can be attributed to Laurie himself. His recent album shows us a rare side of his talent. He is beyond just comedy and acting and change of accents. He can sing, play piano and make merry under the New Orleans sun!
Each season soundtrack had songs unheard of from artists and interestingly, for me, they had in some strange coincidence found their way into my playlist before I saw the House MD soundtrack. Dr. House and I share the same music? What an inspiring thought! Most sounds are deeply acoustic and appeal to me mostly because of the poetry hidden in all of them. David Gray’s Babylon, Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah being a few of the geniuses hidden in the soundtracks. Amos Lee’s Colors is another inspiration. Brett Dennen, Bird York: artists I am sure the readers of this blog would have heard nothing of until the mention in this post, were introduced to me by some fortunate accident and have since made it to the show! House is over but the music it left behind will stay with me and so will Hugh Laurie with his incorrigible need to do what’s right!