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August 5th, 2005

Introductions to U2 @ 12:01 am

lumencuro:
I'm currently feelin: curious curious
I'm currently hearin: U2 - (Place your favorite song here.)

 
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From:sapphires13
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
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1) Numb. I was about 8 years old, and I loved the video because it was just so weird, but I was really too young to pay much attention to music.

2) I hate to say it, but Vertigo. I'm a late U2 bloomer. The iPod commercial drew me in, because I was like "1, 2, 3, 14?! WTF?!" and I really liked the song too. So I started exploring all of the U2 songs I could remember from being a kid (Numb, Lemon, One, Mysterious Ways), and also songs from the 80s that my mother remembered being a fan of (Where The Streets Have No Name, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Gloria, New Year's Day).
(The weird thing is, even though Vertigo was the song that pulled me into U2, after hearing more and more of their music, I don't even like Vertigo that much anymore)

3) "Your love is teaching me how... how to kneel." That line grabbed me. I'd heard, in passing, several years back that U2 "used to be Christians", and at the time, I didn't put much thought into it, because I really didn't listen to U2 or know much about them.
But that line grabbed me, because, as Bono puts it "I'm not easy on my knees". I have great difficulty with religion. I have a need for spirituality, a need for belief, but I find it difficult to identify with any specific belief system.
That line made me curious to explore the band further, and find out more about them.

4) Sort of continuing from above. As I was discovering U2 for myself, I found God hidden in almost every song. As I researched the band, I was quite pleased with what I found about about Bono's beliefs and attitudes toward religion.
The guys are something else. They're like no other band. They've stayed together this long without breaking up. They're not jerks. They have morals and are family men. They care about the world around them, not just themselves.

5) I'm a Bono girl. He's more than twice my age, and my mother fancied him before I was even born, but GUH, I can't make myself stop fancying him. It's disturbing and pathetic. Damn him.
But one thing I like to get clear to people. It's not just about the "hot leather-encased Irish crotch" (don't ask), it's not just about the SEX, I have a great respect for him. As a man, as a musician, as a husband, as a father, as an activist, etc. He amazes me.

6) Western Kentucky. And I really don't listen to the radio much, but from what I have heard, when U2 does get played, it's usually the same songs over and over again.
Of course the newer singles like Vertigo, SYCMIOYO, and City Of Blinding Lights get played. But as for older songs, the only ones I've heard have been Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, ISHFWILF, WTSHNN, and Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Now, I'm sure some others get played, but I rarely listen to the radio.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:August 5th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you on the example of Bono's spirituality. I've always had issues with religion, but over the years I found that I really needed something spiritual in my life. Bono showed me it was possible to be spiritual, in fact VERY spiritual, without having to put up with Dogma.
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From:sapphires13
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Exactly, he's able to have a relationship with God without having to try and mold himself into society's, or even the church's idea of what a Christian should be.
Which is exactly what I want to be able to do. He sets a good example.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
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I agree that is something special that they share without beating it over our heads, and they are also great at putting good thoughts and ideas into their music...
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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Good point about Vertigo, I like it when I first heard it on the radio a few times but now that I have the album I will skip it to get to the others most of the time... U2 has so much to offer in so many areas, like in the emotions or feeling sense that you can't help but feel that they understand us 'average' people! Have you gotten to see or hear them live yet? I have added you as a friend.

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