Reverend Freakchild – Dial It In

“the darkest hour right before the light”

Florence + The Machine – Sky Full of Song

“leave me where I lie”

The Record Company – Life to Fix

“build it back up brick by brick”

Gangstagrass – Barnburning

”you can shake it til you break it in the morning light”

Eric Hutchinson – Good Rhythm featuring G Love

“Get off the floor if you’re not gonna dance”

Indigenous – Nothing I can do

“walking down this road of loneliness”

The Decemberists – Severed

“Don’t you get clever…..gonna leave you all severed”

Robert B Parker – Mortal Stakes

Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.
—Robert Frost

Looking at a ball game is like looking through a stereopticon.  Everything seems heightened.

The grass is greener.  The uniform whites are brighter than they should be.  Maybe it’s the containment.

The narrowing of focus.  On the other hand, maybe it’s the tendency to drink six or eight beers in the early innings.

Quirk shook his head.  “Get out of this, Spenser.  You’re in with people that will waste you like a popsicle on a warm day.”

“Wally Hog will kill anyone Doerr tells him to.  He doesn’t like it or not like it.  Slow or fast, one or a hundred, whatever.

Doerr points him and he goes bang.  He’s a piece with feet.”