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Old 11-12-2004, 05:00 AM   #1
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HTDAAB and ....kids?!?

I've got a nephew who is 8. He really really loves Vertigo. I can understand because it is a really catchy song and they really enjoyed the video (especially the part "no one gets hurt"). He already memorizes the lyrics and can sing to it.

Today he (and his siblings) visited my place. I told him I have the new album of U2. I told him to listen to it in my room while I had to go to my garage to repair some golf clubs. Then after an hour (and I wasn't done yet), he comes back to the garage and says he is done listening to it. I then told him I wasn't done working so just go back to my room and listen to it one more time. He obliges.

When I get back to my room from the garage, I catch him listening to A Man And A Woman (arghhh! the second worst song after Love And Peace). He said he likes that song. His favorites are City Of Blinding Lights and All Because Of You, but he also like Original Of The Species and Love And Peace. Of course he didn't give me the song titles, but just forwarded the tracks on my cd to indicate what he liked. The next thing I know, he is already singing "oh you look so beautiful"! I thought this is insane to have an 8-year old kid singing perhaps U2's next song masterpiece classic, but I just let him be.

Then he begs me for a copy of my cd. I tell him flat-out NO. He should wait for it to be out and should let his parents buy it for him. Anyway, I have a dilemna. I don't think he should be liking A Man And A Woman and Love And Peace because those are the two worst songs in the albums (but still good songs nonetheless). I also don't think he has any business singing City Of Blinding Lights because he is 8-years old, that song is way too deep for him. A band of 40-year olds aren't supposed to be for him. How do I tell him that U2's music isn't for him? Or should I tell him at all?

I know HTDAAB is a great album with profound lyrics. But I never knew U2 also designed it with kids in mind. 8-year olds aren't supposed to like that album.

Oh well, sorry for this long rant. I just thought you'd find this story interesting.

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Interesting, yes, but more for your reaction than for an 8-year old liking U2.

AM&AW is very good, and you really should not be telling people what they should like -- even children.

You do love a controversy, don't you, J?
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Also, don't you think it's hypocritical of you to have the CD but tell him he can't have it? What lesson is that teaching a kid?
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Maybe he is an ultra-hi-IQ 8 year old !

One of the powerful things about U2 is it is multi-dimensional. Teens can start getting into the depth of the lyrics and there is no doubt that U2 helped me through my adolescence. Younger kids and even Jessica Simpson fans can find something in the sound of the music - the melody line that turns them on. It does not surprise me your nephew likes COBL as it has a very uplifting intro that could certainly appeal to a youngster. Shit the first album I remember listening to and really enjoying was Abba (BUT I WAS ONLY FIVE I hasten to add).

P.S. Also when Vertigo was first doing the rounds someone here posted that their 3 year old was singing "Hello Hello"
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Interesting, yes, but more for your reaction than for an 8-year old liking U2.

AM&AW is very good, and you really should not be telling people what they should like -- even children.

You do love a controversy, don't you, J?
Actually I won't tell him. That was just a rhetorical question. I'm just happy that someone from the next generation of my family tree loves U2. He is my favorite nephew. When he was 5, he did love Beautiful Day and Stuck In A Moment -but I don't understand why he couldn't really get into Walk On. But I found it cool to have an 8-year old listen to the entire album two times straight! That's hard to do, usually kids just love visual stuff like cartoons, but to listen for close to two hours to music totally new to him, that's something special.

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Quite an uplifting post from you Jick!
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It's great that U2 is multi-generational. I didn't really get heavily into music until I was 14. Everyone, including kids, have their own unique tastes and opinions. I don't understand why he wouldn't like Walk On, either , but each to their own.
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Just out of curiousity jick, if he asked you why you could have the CD before it was out, but he can't, how would you explain it to him? I'm not sure I would know how, myself.
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Also, don't you think it's hypocritical of you to have the CD but tell him he can't have it? What lesson is that teaching a kid?
I told him I can't make him a copy because he wouldn't buy the original if he already had a copy. I told him U2 worked hard to make those songs and if you buy the original, then you will support U2. I also told him I got these off the internet but that I will buy the original when it comes out. BUT, the real reason why I won't make a cd for him is because there is no occassion (Xmas or Birthday), and his siblings are a jealous bunch. Kids love to compare themselves, and his siblings might wonder why I gave him something and not them.

But I think I will make him a cd over the weekend. The cd I let him listen had a 12th track which was Are You Gonna Wait Forever. When I told him it wont be in the album, he told me he wants me to make him a copy of the cd with that song and with Mercy (which he heard in my computer). I asked him, what about Neon Lights? He said "no, it's the most boring U2 song ever!"

I never quite share moments of my personal life here in this forum. But I just found this moment with my nephew quite amusing and special. An 8-year old kid alone in the room listening to HTDAAB twice and picking his favorite songs! Wow! I was actually floored by that. And has he was leaving the house on the way out, he was singing "oh you look so beautiful tonight."

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I was 10 years old when I fell in love with The Joshua Tree, sure I didn't get a lot of it, but I loved it's sound and I grew up and then got the rest of it.

You shouldn't stifle your nephew's taste in music. If he likes LAPOE and AMAW let him listen to them and love them (personally I think he's got great taste, those two are personal favourites as well!).

It doesn't matter if he 'get's' them right now, hopefully it'll be a record he'll grow up with and as he matures he'll get where the songs are coming from lyrically, right now, just let him enjoy the melodies and killer hooks!
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Cool. I'm picturing little kids saving up their pennies and nickels to buy a U2 CD -- wouldn't that be great?

Well, it looks like he has great taste in music.
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I was 10 years old when I fell in love with The Joshua Tree, sure I didn't get a lot of it, but I loved it's sound and I grew up and then got the rest of it.

You shouldn't stifle your nephew's taste in music. If he likes LAPOE and AMAW let him listen to them and love them (personally I think he's got great taste, those two are personal favourites as well!).

It doesn't matter if he 'get's' them right now, hopefully it'll be a record he'll grow up with and as he matures he'll get where the songs are coming from lyrically, right now, just let him enjoy the melodies and killer hooks!
As I said, I was just kidding about the stifling with his tastes bit. I am quite happy he likes U2, just like his favorite uncle does.

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Cool. I'm picturing little kids saving up their pennies and nickels to buy a U2 CD -- wouldn't that be great?

Well, it looks like he has great taste in music.
I think his taste could use a little bit more improvement.

He didn't single out Miracle Drug or SYCMIOYO when he told me what songs he liked.

He never mentioned liking Walk On, during the time he liked BD and Stuck In A Moment.

He thinks Neon Lights is boring.

But hey, I don't think you can ask much from an 8-year old kid!

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My girls, 7 and 10 years old just love teh band.....they love them even more after they've met Bono this summer !!!
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for what it's worth, i was 8 when i fell in love with 'bad'. too young to understand the depth of the song, but not too young to appreciate great music.

give the kid a copy of the cd. convert him while he's young, he'll thank you for it later.

singing along to 'city of blinding lights'--priceless!
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