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Old 12-20-2001, 09:10 PM   #1
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Why we go into debt, risk our academic/professional future, etc... for U2

Reposting this from ReWired:

"This is from an autobiography my cousin is reading of Joan Baez.
It starts after she played Live Aid and was back resting in her hotel
room.

"As I begin to come out of the heavy sleep, I see a face I don't
recognize on the screen. It must be coming from England, because the
swaying audience is dotted with Union Jacks. The singer is dressed in
black, and has long, slightly messy brown hair. He is streaming with
sweat, and some of his hair is stuck to his cheek, in road-map
designs, making me want to brush it back. The song is cosmic,
heavenly, lilting, and persistent. The singer jumps in the air and
stomps around in heavy boots. He doesn't fuck the microphone the way
rock stars do when they realize that technology has made it possible
for them to extend their egoes out over a crowd of thousands. No,
this young man is deadly serious about something, and is expressing
himself with such tenderness it is enough to break my heart. He calls
to the audience. THey call back. He sings little bits of songs from
the fifties and sixties, all in his utterly unique sound, and they
sing back. He is directing a choir. they are the choir, and they are
transported. Am I making all this up? Possibly. The group's name
appears next to the Live Aid symbol, superimposed over his mystical
dance. U2, live from Wembly Stadium. This is the group my 15 year
old advisors have told me to watch. This is the group they say is
political, even pacifist. The singer is working his way down toward
the crowd, jumping onto a narrow wooden skirt a few feet below the
stage. He is gesturing to the crowd, waving someone toward him. He
takes the long drop into the orchestra pit, and continues his sign
language invitation. Eventually, the young girl is lifted bodily and
handed over the fence which separates him from the crowd. She is
simply passed over like an offering. She lands on her feet and is in
his arms, and he dances with her. She is probably stage struck and in
shock, and her head is sweetly bent down, and for the next few seconds
he is cradling her as they dance.

I can't recall ever having seen anything like that in my life. It is
an act, but it is not an act. It is a private moment, accepted by
70,000 people. The dance is short, sensuous, and heartbreakingly
tender. He breaks away from her and is helped up to the level just
under the stage, and there, finds another girl, dances with her the
same way. All this while the percussion adn hypnotic guitar continue
relentlessly, lyrically, with the audience waving their arms back and
forth, back and forth, a part of the ritual. The singer moves back
ontot he stage, and, still pouring with sweat, contineus with the
song. His voice is nothing special. It is unsteady and cracks. But
it is compelling, as he is compelling. THere is something about his
seriousness which has captivated me.

Rock stars can look and be serious, but it is usually about
themselves, or their inflated visions of themselves. None of us who
stands in front of a hundred thousand people hearing our voice "and
band" amplified, tampered with, echoed, and smoothed into cosmic
velveteen can escape certain grandiose illusions about ourself. But
this Irish lad is involved with something more than self-
agrandizement. Granted, his ego is well intact, and he is a superb
showman, but there is something more going on. And I would like to
know what it is. That I would like to be wrapped up in his arms like
the little Enlglish girl, there is no doubt. BUt if my instincts are
correct, there is something that preempts flirtations with him.
SOmething bigger than him or me or us combined, or our music combined.
Something to do with politics, kids, freshness, and breakthrough.
And love.

Out of the hours of live Aid that I saw by the end of the day, the
high point was witnessing the magic of U2. They moved me as nothing
else moved me. They moved me in their newness, their youth, and their
tenderness."

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Old 12-20-2001, 09:21 PM   #2
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Interesting you should mention that because I am now deeply in debt and my immediate financial future is threatened because of U2. Yes, I did it to myself, but they did it to me to make me want to!
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Old 12-20-2001, 09:44 PM   #3
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But
this Irish lad is involved with something more than self-
agrandizement. Granted, his ego is well intact, and he is a superb
showman, but there is something more going on. And I would like to
know what it is. That I would like to be wrapped up in his arms like
the little Enlglish girl, there is no doubt. BUt if my instincts are
correct, there is something that preempts flirtations with him.
SOmething bigger than him or me or us combined, or our music combined.
Something to do with politics, kids, freshness, and breakthrough.
And love.

It appears that we had no choice but to fall in love with him. It was written in the stars

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Old 12-20-2001, 11:18 PM   #4
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Here's Bono with Joan Baez and other friends:


and soulfully singing at Live Aid.


SIGH....I'm with you Awakening. This is why I go nearly broke buying everything U2 related, staying up till the crack of dawn downloading every possible music file, seeing as may shows as possible, flying hundreds of miles from home, causing my friends and family to shake their heads and wonder about me....four wonderful guys, with one hell of a singer, lyricist and passionate heart and as the frontman...when God made Bono, he broke the mold, burned the negatives and torched the schematics...to just say "he's special" isn't nearly adjective enough!
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Old 12-20-2001, 11:26 PM   #5
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Yep, that's it. Thanks for this, I'm saving it.

I especially love this part:

Quote:
Originally posted by awakening:
But
this Irish lad is involved with something more than self-
agrandizement. Granted, his ego is well intact, and he is a superb
showman, but there is something more going on. And I would like to
know what it is. That I would like to be wrapped up in his arms like
the little Enlglish girl, there is no doubt. BUt if my instincts are
correct, there is something that preempts flirtations with him.
SOmething bigger than him or me or us combined, or our music combined.
Something to do with politics, kids, freshness, and breakthrough.
And love.
Something to do with politics, kids, freshness, and breakthrough.
And love.


So poetically true and wonderful.


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Old 12-21-2001, 04:22 AM   #6
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Wow, that was a really powerful passage. She really recreated the whole scene, but with such love and admiration.

*sigh*

This is why I love U2.

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Quote:
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and soulfully singing at Live Aid.


...when God made Bono, he broke the mold, burned the negatives and torched the schematics...to just say "he's special" isn't nearly adjective enough!
You said it Kelli!
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Old 12-21-2001, 08:19 AM   #8
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Old 12-21-2001, 08:27 AM   #9
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BTW: Did I mention I was in love with Bono. I mean, what he projects? Oh my! I'm still looking and looking even in the places where no flowers grom but nothing: Still can't find what I'm looking for: A soul like Bono's.

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Old 12-21-2001, 08:45 AM   #10
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It always gives me goosebumps and bring tears to my eyes when I read my thoughts, my feelings in someone elses words.
As someone said, saying he is special isn't adjective enough, there is something else and in my mind I have my thoughts about what it is and I may some day reveal it.

Thanks awakening for posting that!

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there is something magical about them...it is difficult to describe to others....we are fortunate to see that magic and be a part ot it!

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