I have a couple things I’d like to shout out! First, I’ve been listening to Natalia Lafourcade’s 2018 Album “Musas Vol. II”. It’s a great Mexican Folk record with great performances and pristine production that transports you to the studio and makes you feel like you’re there listening live. It’s beautiful front to back, and the whole vibe is warm and carefree in a way that has been a salve for all the stress I’ve been under lately. Here’s a standout track, Danza de Gardenias:
The other thing I’ve been digging these past couple of weeks is a book about birds called “A Most Remarkable Creature” by Johnathan Meiburg. It’s a deep dive into a lesser studied family of falcons from South America called Caracara. Unlike their more widely distributed cousins, Caracaras aren’t particularly fast or deadly, but what they lack in specialization is made up with a curiosity and resourcefulness that’s really astonishing. They’re highly intelligent, social and often mischevious. The author’s love for these birds in infectious! Structurally, the book uses narratives of people whose lives have crossed paths with these strange creatures, which helps the information go down easy. All this comes together to make a book that could have been clinical into a breezy, accessible page-turner. My only criticism so far is that the narratives have come exclusively from settlers, when indigenous people have been living with these birds for millennia. I haven’t finished the book yet, so maybe that part comes later, but it’s still worth pointing out. Anyways, it’s a good book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves to nerd out about animals!