Hugh Laurie and His Toy Piano

 

 

Hugh Laurie's latest album, Didn't It Rain, is available for download and purchase.
Hugh Laurie’s latest album, Didn’t It Rain, is available for download and purchase.

When we first saw the cover of Hugh Laurie’s latest album, Didn’t It Rain, we couldn’t quite believe it. Is that a…Schoenhut piano he’s using? Yes, it is!

Contrary to the elegant nature of the album cover, the album features the gritty, heartrending sounds that hail from New Orleans. Laurie has been fascinated by the music of NOLA since his childhood. This album is a great tribute to artists past and present.

From his official website, “I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy,” explains Laurie. “And the further I go, the more bewitched I become – both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with.”

Hugh Laurie on his toy piano.
Laurie was gifted the piano on the Jonathon Ross show in 2009 and has apparently taken quite a liking to it.

The album cover itself is a quiet reflection of Laurie’s work as a comedian/actor and as an accomplished musician. His bended knees reaching over the top of the piano and his long fingers perched on top of the keys bring a tangible lightness to the professional look of his coattails.

With his feet in the puddles and his back hunched over his toy piano, he is the perfect image of a man who has not lost sight of his childhood creativity.

 

To have a listen to the music on Didn’t It Rain, visit Laurie’s official website. The website has some music clips and offers a few free downloads. The album is available for sale and download in both the US and the UK.

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