This week what's making me happy is some piano jazz and my baby daughter:
- When I was a senior in high school, my grandfather gave me a tape of the Vince Guaraldi Trio's Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which remains one of my favorite jazz albums. Between the affinity for ballroom dancing I picked up in middle school and my stepdad's deep love of jazz, I'd been slowly developing an appreciation for the genre, and it was one of the main ways I connected with my grandpa. These days Guaraldi is best known as the composer and performer of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas,which I also love, but as a pure jazz record, I keep coming back to Black Orpheus. Guaraldi's sound is complex enough to have stayed interesting to me through the years, but melodic enough to be very accessible. My personal favorite track is his interpretation of Henry Mancini's "Moon River."
- But really what's making me happy this week is my daughter's blue eyes and beautiful smile: There are a lot of things that I love about being a photographer, but getting the opportunity to capture my own memories and document my children's lives as they grow has got to be the best part.
Happy weekend, everyone!