# Wednesday, 16 August 2017

YoussouNDour0130 years ago, I received as a gift the album "Nelson Mandela" by Youssou N'Dour. I was hooked. N'Dour exposed to me an engaging style that combined traditional rhythms of his native Senegal with western instruments.

Thursday night at Millennium Park, I finally had the chance to see N'Dour in concert. He did not disappoint.

Throughout the show, everyone smiled and danced to the music. The audience enjoyed themselves, Youssou enjoyed himself, and the band enjoyed themselves. Except for the rhythm guitar player, who remained stoically stone-faced throughout the performance, despite being surrounded by smiling musicians and fans.

YoussouNDour02N'Dour shared the stage with about a dozen other musicians, including two keyboardists, 3 guitarists, 4(!) drummers, and 1 dancer.

They played danceable Afro-pop for over 90 minutes and came back for an encore to the delight of the crowd.

The show was a treat for those of us who love African music. Next to the stage, I saw people dressed in African garb dancing to the music. A few rows back, I saw middle-aged white Americans tapping their feet. Even though none of the songs were sung in English, Youssou and his band made a connection with an audience far from his homeland.

By the end of the show, even the rhythm guitarist had to smile.


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# Monday, 14 August 2017
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# Tuesday, 08 August 2017
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# Sunday, 06 August 2017

8/6
Today I am grateful for:
-3 days in downtown Kansas City
-Lunch with Sara
-Pizza with Tim at Pequod's last night

8/5
Today I am grateful to attend my first PubConf last night.

8/4
Today I am grateful for my first time speaking at #KCDC.

8/3
Today I am grateful to meet so many old friends in Kansas City last night.

8/2
Today I am grateful for the past, present, and future MVPs who contribute so much to our community.

8/1
Today I am grateful to watch Game of Thrones each week with my son.

7/31
Today I am grateful for:
-breakfast with Tim and Ahmani yesterday
-a drink last night with Tim at the new outdoor café across the street.

7/30
Today I am grateful for the International Nodebots Day workshop yesterday.

7/29
Today I am grateful to spend a day with my team.

7/28
Today I am grateful I was able to help people multiple times yesterday.

7/27
Today I am grateful I got these web services working (mostly)

7/26
Today I am grateful for:
-Starting a new project yesterday
-Coffee with Thad -Dinner with Michael and Dave

7/25
Today I am grateful for a chance to sleep in this morning.

7/24
Today I am grateful for an afternoon at Warren Dunes State Park.

7/23
Today I am grateful for a week in Las Vegas with Microsoft folks from around the world.

7/22
Today I am grateful for a gondola ride yesterday with Jennifer and Matt.

7/21
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch with Jeffrey
-Drinks with Scott and Brian
-Dinner with Shahed, Nickolas, Paul, Jeffrey, and Bret

7/20
Today I am grateful to see Lenny Kravitz and Ellie Goulding in concert last night.

7/19
Today I am grateful to reconnect with so many colleagues yesterday.

7/18
Today I am grateful for honest conversations.

7/17
Today I am grateful for the year that we had together.

7/16
Today I am grateful that Thad and I saw Pharez Whitted in concert at the Jazz Showcase last night - my first visit to the club.

7/15
Today I am grateful for a Pakistani dinner with Raj last night.

7/14
Today I am grateful to meet so many students and entrepreneurs from Africa yesterday.

7/13
Today I am grateful to the organizers, volunteers, speakers, and attendees of the first Detroit.Code() conference for making the event a success.

7/12
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch yesterday with Mark
-Help from Ryan answering my JavaScript questions

7/11
Today I am grateful to see so many friends last night in Detroit.

7/10
Today I am grateful for a visit from my son Nick this weekend.

7/9
Today I am grateful to attend a Cubs game last night with Nick and Tim.

7/8
Today I am grateful to go to the gym and dinner last night with Tim.

7/7
Today I am grateful for dinner with Emilija last night.

7/6
Today I am grateful for lunch with Ondrej yesterday.

7/5
Today I am grateful for fireworks last night in Dawn and Bill's backyard

7/4
Today I am grateful to live in the United States of America.

7/3
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Kevin and Judy, who opened their home to me.

7/2
Today I am grateful for yesterday's celebration of my mother's life.

Sunday, 06 August 2017 13:48:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)