Michael Kaeshammer & other great music

One problem with CBC Radio 2 is that I keep finding new music to buy. Just heard Michael Kaeshammer on Sunday night. Love his music!

Speaking of CBC Radio and great music, the audio from a Daniel Lanois concert I attended in December is up. Lanois is an amazing musician, and the concert was one to remember. The audio was a bit funky in the first song, but don't let that stop you. Lanois is a musician's musician.

Things I like about being 41

I've been feeling really blessed these days. There are lots of things I like about my 40s so far.

  • Having kids who are transitioning to new stages of maturity. Old enough to talk with but not old enough to not need us.
  • Enjoying the type of relationship you can't have unless you've been married almost a couple of decades with somebody.
  • Feeling old enough to have matured some, but not old enough to quit.
  • Most everything still works, plus or minus a few hair follicles.
  • Felling like I know what I'm good at, and being okay with the things that aren't on the list.
  • Sitting with 20-year-olds and realizing that I'm not facing their pressures. Also - remembering a world (without cell-phone texting and 24/7 connections to the Internet) that they have never known.

Things I don't like about being 40:

  • Thinking that 80 isn't so old after all.
  • Counting down (25 years to go) rather than up (I've been at this for 10 years).
  • Being shocked when I meet people who are in important positions who were born in the 1980s (soon to be 1990s).
  • Not realizing how old I really am until someone asks me if I have a kid in university.

Last night, a Kenyan friend told me how back home they would brag about age. It's not something to hide; it's something to celebrate. He said he can't wait to get gray hair. Me, I'd just settle for hair.

I think we need to recover that view of aging. But you'd expect that from someone who now really gets the statement, "Youth is wasted on the young." Wouldn't you?