Ólafur Arnalds

Discovered some new Icelandic music today that is expansive, relaxing and sometimes achingly beautiful while managing to stay understated.

Here’s some Ólafur Arnalds with his band, playing some of his compositions. Notice his funny asides delivered in a deadpan manner.

And here he is again with a full orchestra for NPR music.

Lovely late night listening or music for a rainy day.

Creative parents

Some parents go the extra mile when it comes to showing love to their kids in creative ways.

Love has a wonderful tendency to inspire you to wonderful small random acts. Obviously some parents catch onto a great idea and make a systematic effort that amounts to something akin to art.

Here are a few great examples.

If you are a parent, you will instantly understand the joyous motivation behind these.

Ps: I think there’s a certain level of obsessiveness displayed here, and conviction and commitment coupled with some extra time that I wish I had!!

Creative dad shares 5 years of sandwich bags

Creative mum turns drawings into plush toys

Amazing mum turns son’s lunches into works of art