The mournful voice of blues singer Nina Simone drowned out conversation in the Build Lab:
I want a little sugar in my bowl.
I want a little sweetness down in my soul.
I could stand some loving, Oh so bad.
I feel so funny, I feel so sad.
Cutler swung out of his swivel chair and strode over to the compact disc player. “What the hell is this?” he asked Kyle Shannon.
“I guess Simone is too sophisticated for Dave,” Shannon thought. “Struck out again.” He’d been trying for weeks to find music Cutler liked. Admittedly, it was too much to expect him to enjoy recorded bird songs, a Shannon favorite. And then there was Shannon’s habit of playing a song over and over. A few days earlier, the builders had listened to Illinois Jacquet’s ...