UPDATE 14th March 2009
Sneak Preview of graysonhugh.net for those of you who have stumbled upon the Water Cooler here at the Hugh Lounge. The new site is the official and sanctioned website of American musician Grayson Hugh. (You know who he is! That’s why you’re on this page – I was just talking to that one new gal down the back).
If you scroll down and check the comments section of this page, near the bottom on March 13th, there you’ll find a WJ Porter post in which
he she reports on current conditions of the site. Check the other WJ Porter posts while you’re scrolling, you will learn things.
Some of the site is up and working! – so why don’t you have a wander? You are among the privileged few who are getting the heads up.
Above is a small version of masthead image from the site
UPDATE 8th July 2008
And here he is, folks. Grayson was kind enough to send through a current photograph for the Water Cooler here at the Hugh Lounge. So now you have an image of the man whose music you’ll be enjoying in the (hopefully not too distant) future.
If you’ve just strayed into this piece of cyber-space and are trying to work out the sequence of events that led to this long post and even longer comments page – it went something like this…
Last year I was disgruntled about the lack of Grayson Hugh information or pics on the Internet. So I put up a snap of Loudon Wainwright III. (‘Cos I’m a cut up) Through the good agencies of Mr Hugh’s fans everywhere and Grayson himself, Loudon’s picture eventually ‘morphed’ into Grayson’s cat, and then a watercolour of Amos McWalker (see below) and now, finally a photograph of Grayson in his 2008 incarnation.
Along the way there have been many great comments by enthusiastic fans about their thoughts on the music. Meanwhile the situation on the ‘net re: Grayson Hugh information is much improved (especially on Wikipedia). But why read my dry dissertation, when you can dig down through the layers and read it for yourself?
If you’re a fan of Mr Hugh and his works, you owe it to yourself. This part of my site will eventually become a signpost to the Grayson Hugh site which is under construction.
So – Wherefore Art thou Grayson Hugh?
Right here for now.
UPDATE 15th May 2008
Grayson sent along this image suggesting that it might replace Mr Chumley, however I think Chumley is a cat who has earnt the right to stand around the Water Cooler with the rest of us.
As Mr Hugh says :”I thought perhaps you could use this likeness of Amos McWalker, my alter ego and fishing companion.”
UPDATE 8th April 2008
I originally wrote this post six months ago as a partially tongue-in-cheek comment on how small a ‘stub’ article could be on Wikipedia. I genuinely thought there would be more material on Grayson Hugh. Months have gone by and thanks to the vagaries of the Internet, a number of loyal fans of Mr Hugh have arrived at this spot in order to share their tales of fandom and their enjoyment of his music.
So much so, that I have decided to slightly modify this section in order to make it friendlier for Grayson’s fans. To this end, we have moved this page’s solemn mascot – Loudon Wainwright III . As a replacement, Grayson has supplied a photograph of his cat Chumley.
Grayson also wrote the following:
“I hope to be photo-ready shortly. In the
meantime -Chumley is the friendliest cat known to man
and, in this photo, he has just eaten a large moth.”
As Suzy points out below, the Grayson Hugh entry has been modified and notably more substantial. It even provides a link back here! Strange place, the Internet.
Thank you for coming here and commenting – please enjoy standing in my front yard and chatting, I’ll be along in a minute with a bowl of dip and some water crackers.
Surely your love for Wikipedia is something akin to mine. It’s the greatest resource known to humanity since the Royal Library of Alexandria was destroyed on one of four occasions – in 48BC, the third century, in 391 or perhaps 642 or thereafter.
It’s that damned good.
However, occasionally there will be an entry on something or someone, that is short, tiny, little, mere; in these cases, this slip-of-an- entry is officially described as a stub. At this point, the shadowy types behind the Wikimedia Foundation Incorporated will entreat you and me, the ordinary shmoes that actually do the work, shine the shoes and collect the dry-cleaning in this crazy world, to expand on the information and increase the depth and wordiness of said stub.
One such entry – although not officially called a stub – is about 1980s soul-singing sensation Grayson Hugh he of the worldwide mega-hit Talk It Over. The entry more or less says this:
Grayson Hugh is an American soul singer-songwriter and pianist from Connecticut. He broke into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1989 and 1990 with three singles from his album, Blind to Reason. A second album followed in 1992, but was not as successful.
Grayson flippin’ Hugh, goshdarn it, deserves better. I would do the stub expansion meself, only I went to his entry on your Wikipedia, precisley because I KNEW NOTHING OF THE MAN.
We gotta do something Zeitgeisters, we just gotta.
Elevate the Insignificant,
*Yes, that’s Loudon Wainwright III the singer-songwriter, also latterly known as father of Martha and Rufus.