This week, what's making me happy is some rock-influenced flamenco, some urban fantasy, and getting to do this job:
- Last week, my brother sent me a Spotify invitation, which I've been using to catch up on my list of "music to investigate." The one that's struck me the most so far is the flamenco guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Now, I like a lot of different styles of so-called "world music," but I think most Americans tend to view it as kind of lame. These two, though, would get just about anybody's toes tapping. With their blend of propulsive flamenco rhythms, virtuosic fingering, and heavy rock chords, it's hard not to be drawn in by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Check out their track "Hanuman" for an example of what I'm talking about.
- I'd been vaguely aware of the Syfy show The Dresden Files for a while--mainly from seeing the name as I'm flipping through the channel guide--but I hadn't (and haven't) ever gotten around to watching it. What I have done now, thanks to a loan from a co-worker, is read the first couple of novels from the series that the show is based on. Urban fantasy is all the rage right now, what with all the vampires and werewolves and superheroes populating the bestseller shelves and network TV dramas, but a lot of it leaves me feeling rather "Meh." Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels, though, are rather a lot of fun. Think of it as a detective series, except the main character is a modern-day wizard instead of a hard-boiled private investigator. After spending a few weeks reading an insightful, sensitive memoir, it was a nice break to read something fast-paced and action-packed--I tore through the first two books in just three days.
- Mainly, though, what I'm feeling good about right now is photography. I spent a fair chunk of my evenings this week sorting and editing pictures for the families I worked with in last weekend's mini-session event, and I kept being struck by not just how much fun it was to work with them, but also how each of their individual personalities shone through in the photos. Through photography I'm constantly reminded of how unique every person is, and I love that.
- And, just because I can't resist showing off how cute my son is, here's another picture of him from Saturday: