If there is one band that best captures the spirit of this blog, it’s U2.
I’ve listened to U2’s music for many years. The first U2 album I picked up was “Unforgettable Fire.” The song “Pride (In The Name of Love)” — I just had to have it in my collection. I’ve blogged about that song all by itself here before, around the time of April 4, while making … a statement. There’ve been a few more U2 albums added to my collection since that “Unforgettable Fire” purchase, to put it mildly.
But even going back before that time, U2’s music was stamped into my brain. It wasn’t just the music. It was also the message behind it, the lyrics that went with each song. It was powerful. It did for me exactly what music before it — the music of Stevie Wonder in his “strong message” years in the 1970s — did for me.
It gave me the desire to make statements of my own, to try not to pull punches when I believe strongly in something.
Some people tend to get upset by what they call the “preaching” that Bono does either before, during, or after his songs. I dig it. It takes guts to stand up on a stage in front of millions of fans around the world and “stand up” for what you believe in, to reach inside people’s thoughts and hearts, to leave a memorable imprint.
If Bono were someone who did all that preaching and didn’t practice any of it, I’d have a concern. Instead, he’s one of the better known humanitarians in the world today.
Everyone needs to practice what they preach, as long as it’s good for mankind. That’s the spirit.
My cowboy hat’s off to you, Bono!
- My music playlist for today (April 26, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- My music playlist for today (April 5, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- My music playlist for today (May 17, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- My music playlist for today (May 10, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)