“The quietest place to be found rests inside a peaceful soul” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Ken Johns by © Emily Dozois

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Ken

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. I am a part time musician and most of my friends are artistic. On my 50th birthday, my wife held a suprise birthday party for me. A lot of my friends attended. It was amazing!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My worst birthday was when I turned 20. I was on the road in a new band with no money and I had the flu. So I was lonely, broke and sick.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. I had sold my drums I needed money. My son’s mother secretly bought them back and gave them to me as a present from my boys.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. There must be cake!!!

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Having my family with me.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. No real traditions.