It creeps up on you like a summer cold, a cat on the carpet. At first, it doesn't stand out from the usual ambient noise created by barflies and 'tenders--the clinking bottles and quiet rumble of ice falling into plastic cups, friendly conversations and fumbled introductions, people entering here and leaving there. It's background noise, but just barely, not even rising to the level of a soundtrack or a mild distraction. At best, it ties all these other sounds together, gives them a sense of purpose. But that's only if you pay attention to it,... More >>>