Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Game by, Ken Dryden

Engaging book by one of hockey's legends. This book is part memoir and part hockey history. Dryden draws a number of character sketches of his teammates from the Cup winning teams of the 1970's (In Dryden's 8 years with Montreal, he won 6 Stanley Cups). He also waxes about his reasons for retirement. One particular passage stood out to me. Dryden says in your early 20's, you work and fight and scratch to get better at what you do. Once you hit your 30's, you work and fight and scratch to not lose what you once had. While the ages for professional athletes are earlier, it's a profound insight for the rest of us.

Towards the end of book, Dryden talks about how hockey changed over the century since it was first played. He talks about the introduction of the forward pass, the lines, off-ice training, and the influence of the Soviets and each one of their influences on the game. He also gives his ideas on how hitting, fighting, and the violence we take for granted grew to be part of the game.

If you're a fan of the game, it's worth tracking a copy down.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Song of the Week; Uptown Funk

I like the concept of The Song Society. Jamie Cullum and his bandmates find a song they like by someone else and learn it to record in under an hour. This version of "Uptown Funk" is pretty sweet. I love the rising bassline in the chorus.

If you liked it, you should check out some of the other Song Society posts by Cullum and his band.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Down the Darkest Street by, Alex Segura

Pete Fernandez didn't see the kick coming.

Set roughly a year after Silent City, Pete Fernandez has hit bottom. He gained some minor celebrity from stopping the Silent Death, but drank it, and most of the goodwill of his fellow man, away. After one especially bad night, he decides to clean up his act and it works out pretty well for him. He's got a job at a local bookstore and his ex, Emily, is moving in with him after a separation from her husband. But when Pete gets involved with a case of a missing girl, the kicks just keep coming.

Alex Segura is a writer who needs to be known. He paints the neon lights and the dark shadows of Miami in such vivid detail and has created a wonderful character in Pete Fernandez. From page one, you empathize with Pete and root for a happy ending for him. Since this is noir, every happy ending has a dark cloud behind it.

The Pete Fernandez series is highly recommended. I look forward to reading Dangerous Ends.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Song of the Week: So Fresh, So Clean

The year is a week old, so it's still pretty fresh and squeaky clean.

Also, there ain't nobody dope as me.

Friday, January 5, 2018