Goodbye, Hugh

As I embark on this music journey, I felt it appropriate to christen my trip with a send-off to the man who nudged my boat out of drydock, Hugh Ferguson.

As I look forward to what may come, I will never forget to look back on occasion to remember the man who not only told me it was possible, but instilled within me also the notion of playing for playing’s sake, critics be damned.

This piece, like many things from my heart, is of course flawed; but at least I can say it is sincere. It is a guitar tapping solo played on the high e and b strings. I couldn’t tell you the name of a single note I play or what key it is in, if it’s even in a key.

Listen to “Goodbye, Hugh”

Artwork Upload: “Portrait of Hugh Ferguson”

Portrait Drawing of Hugh Ferguson

what: prismacolor graphite HB when:Apr 14, 2012

Well, this portrait’s two-fold. First, I wanted to get something done in time for his memorial on Monday, with some time to get it framed (tomorrow). And, second, since I am drawing portraits of my heroes, it seemed only natural to include him here as one of them.

Rest in peace my friend…hopefully, I’ll try and get some words down in time for Monday as well in case they’re going to allow people to speak.

Thanks, Mike

Mike Hugh (AKA Wasaabi)

Mike Hugh (AKA: wasaabi), my best friend

I have someone I need to thank, and that person is Mike Hugh, also known as wasaabi. He’s my best friend, and also my workmate, which means Hugh’s passing had no less effect on him than it did me. Mike came down and stayed with me for a week upon hearing the news. His presence here helped me through one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face in my entire life, and I cannot thank him enough.

He stepped up to the plate, where I could not, and took care of a lot of things I was too incapacitated to do myself. This guy has covered my ass so much the past few months that I have no idea how I could ever repay him. During my back surgery and my recovery, it was him who stepped up and covered for me at work.

Few things exist on this earth that I am as grateful to have in my life as Mike. Nearly everything I have in my life – including my career – is a direct result of his influence, for, I seriously doubt I would have ever become a software engineer if it weren’t for that chance encounter in meeting him back in 1994.

I do not take you for granted, I recognize and appreciate everything you have done for me, and I wanted to say thanks.

I Miss Him Already

Hugh Ferguson

Hugh Ferguson

With a pain and sorrow I’ve not felt in my entire life, I must bid farewell to one of the most beautiful human beings I’ve ever had to privilege to know, let alone call friend.

Another legend is lost to the world today, as Hugh Ferguson died early this morning from a fatal, sudden heart attack, 5 days before his 54th birthday. I am stunned to be writing these words, as I’m still reeling from the shock of losing one my best friends, literally overnight without warning.

I adored the man. He was always able to brighten a room just be being in it, and I have been blessed to have known, and to have worked with him. He was a mentor, a teacher, an I.T. boss, friend, father figure and confidant. His talent and skill as a musician were unparalleled, except, perhaps, by his sincerity, decency and good nature.

For nearly every day, for 3 solid years I’ve worked alongside him, and not once did I tire of his company, his wise cracks or his personality. He was always there when I needed him without question, while always turning away reciprocals.

I owe my current career opportunity to him, my new-found love of music, and each tune that I’ve uploaded on this site were all made possible from his encouragement. He was the guitarist that helped turned my two tunes into real music; Something From Nothing and A Better Time.

He was the yang to my yin. I was gloomy, pessimistic and grumpy. He was bright, shiny and always in a good mood, thus, he was a terrific complement to me. He was one of those people who always brightened your day if you saw him, and he had a knack for helping me through some pretty unbearable times.

It kills me to write this, so I think I’m going to do something else for a little while. He hasn’t even been gone a full day, and the pain in my heart just swells with each passing moment.

I will never forget him, and I will always be grateful to have been lucky enough to have had him in my life, so bittersweet and short it was.

I can’t finish this, goodbye Hugh, my friend.

Me and Hugh

Me and Hugh

Finished Song “Something From Nothing”

Listen to: “Something From Nothing

Hugh Ferguson: guitar, drums, recording/engineering
Jake Hill: keyboards
Michael Wood: bass

Written by Michael Wood, Hugh Ferguson and Jake Hill

This is just an instrumental that grew out of a goofy bass line I came up with. But it’s what Hugh and Jake did that turned it into magic.