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February 21st, 2003

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ajamison:
Ok. I have a dilemma. For my Musical Experience class, I have to pick a song, describe the music, lyrics, context, how it makes me feel, etc., and then play the song for the class (not actually play it, just press the PLAY button). Obviously, I am going to do a U2 song. The question is- which one?

Right now, I am leaning towards: "Kite", "When I Look at the World", "Grace", "Numb", "Please", and "Acrobat."

Here's the deal: What would you chose? Why? How does it make you feel? Is there any necessary background of the song?

I need some help, so I came to my best resource........other U2 fans :^) Thank you!
 
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From:stateless
Date:February 21st, 2003 09:12 pm (UTC)
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how cool!
i had to actually do this for an english class when i was in high school. not because it was my favourite, but because i could give a lot of history about it, i chose sunday bloody sunday. but since you actually have to explain how it affects you.... wow.
ever been to one of their concerts? did any of the songs make you cry? ever been able to narrow down some of your favourites?
first one that comes to my mind is bad. there's a lot to draw from there (meaning how it was written about heroin). the song to me is pure desperation..

blah blah blah, i could go on... ;-P
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From:stateless
Date:February 21st, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
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oh, there's a list now. :-P

i vote for please. :-)
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From:echoboom
Date:February 21st, 2003 09:55 pm (UTC)
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bad is about heroin ?

i never really knew what that song was about...
tell me more..

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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:13 pm (UTC)
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It's about a friend of B's who was dealing with heroin addiction, and Bono's own desire to let go of responsibility himself, sometimes.
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From:echoboom
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)

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interesting....makes me see the lyrics in a differnent persepective..

i just found a page that says running to stand still is also about heroin addiction....
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Yep. So is Wire.

You can see the heroin influence on RTSS in concert when B pretends to shoot up.
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From:stateless
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
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lissie beat me to it. :-P
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:22 pm (UTC)
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You beat me to suggesting Bad in the first place.

Love you, Court.

;)
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From:stateless
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
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and i you silly lis. ;-)
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Out of the ones you listed, I'd choose Please or Acrobat, because they're the most hardhitting in the shortest period of time. Grace is one of my favourite U2 songs, but it's so ambient that expecting the entire class to understand might be hard. Kite, I am convinced, was Bono's best vocal on that album, and it has been known to make me cry within the first two lines. At the same time, the "I'm A Maannnn" part might seem a little bombastic to your class.

So, once again, going with Acrobat or Please, although Numb might get some interesting results.

Incidentally, I wouldn't play the Please album version. I'd try the Popheart single, which sounds infinitely better.

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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Also: If absolutely forced to choose from your list, I'd go with Acrobat. There's just a helluva lot to draw from.

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From:ajamison
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Dang, I haven't heard the Popheart single. I would love to.....I hope I can find this.

*begins to search using filesharing program*
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
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If you can't find it, let me know and I'll send it to your email or something. It goes straight into this gorgeous version of Streets. Sounds amazing.
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From:ajamison
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I'd also like to mention that I love your LJ icon. It's wonderful.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Bono gets stuck with a lot of other band's lyrics on my icons.
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From:corianderstem
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Your choice should be a personal one, because drawing from your own emotions and experiences is more powerful than reciting someone else's.

All together now: DUH. ;-)

My personal pick at the moment would be a live version "Where the Streets Have No Name," either from ZooTV or Elevation, because it makes me feel like I can do anything.
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Out of those listed: Please

Why? I'm not sure it's just one of those songs that gets me you know? And considering it's about the political and social rifts in Ireland that could be interesting.

I like both album and single versions!

But, I'd choose Mysterious Ways Personally!
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From:julylorelei
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:17 pm (UTC)
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If it were me, I'd go with:
Gone - trying to make your way through life without losing yourself or getting tangled with people who want to keep you down.
One - it's all about the unity. There's a lot of good stuff in there about what's wrong with the world today.
Stay (Far Away, So Close) - how can you go wrong with lines like "dressed up like a car crash" or "the bang and the clatter/as an angel hits the ground"??

Of the ones you listed, though, Numb is probably my pick, because it just says so much - and it's Edge on lead vocals, too. But Grace would be a close second, because of the spiritual double meaning. I love Kite purely for the line of "Life should be fragrant/Rooftop to the basement."

*sigh* It bites when you have to pick just ONE, doesn't it??
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From:ajamison
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:19 pm (UTC)

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LOL, it does bite! Arg....!
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From:ajamison
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Alright......thank you everyone for your thoughts! I was just listening to WTSHNN, and dang....I think I may go with that....(yes, I realize that wasn't on my list....)

But, I also really enjoy "Acrobat", and there could be a lot to work with there (and wouldn't freak out the class ;^) .....but to be honest, I need more insight into what the song is about/trying to convey I think. But then again, whenever I hear that song I think of my sister. Her and I used to be incredibly close (she's a year and half younger than me), but she's a totally different person now, she's rejected the Love she once knew....it breaks my heart......dang! Maybe I should go with this song (of course, trying to convey this feeling might also freak out the class...)

I don't know everyone. What do you think?

(It may also help that a girl in my class has already played "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"...she's a fellow U2 fan...)
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From:inaeternum
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, "Please" is about the conflict in No. Ireland.. I'd think you'd have a lot of background to go into there. Also, it's subject to the open-to-multiple-interpretations idea behind a lot of U2 songs: relationships, political strife, etc.

But yes, it should be up to you. Whichever affects you the most and whichever you like the best should be the one you choose.
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From:chelsea_energy
Date:February 22nd, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)

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Out of those you listed, I would probably choose "When I Look at the World". If you want a full explanation of what I see in it, I know I've written a lot about it in my journal but it's friends only, so if you want it just e-mail me. The info's on my profile. The other two I think would be really good are "Grace" and "Please". And that's really cool that you have a Music Experience class!!
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From:la_vation
Date:February 22nd, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Hi Aaron, If you choose Streets, there are a couple links I could point you to. There is an excellent article that Angela Pancella wrote at @u2. I was able to help with that. There are my personal remarks in zootopia. I'm labeled as LA_vation. Hope this helps, Chris
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From:ajamison
Date:February 22nd, 2003 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Wow, thank you so much. I may just have to do Streets now!
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From:u2biscuit
Date:February 23rd, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm quoted in that article! lol
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From:u2biscuit
Date:February 23rd, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
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If you want a song that's great to analyse, do Stay. To me, that song is about a woman who watches too much television. Listen to the song, and think about it from that perspective (i.e. TV has become her life, and she has become desensitized to the world around her).

If I were going for a song that hits me...I'd put on Bad (Live from Boston) off the Electrical Storm single, or the performance from Rattle and Hum....when I hear that song live, I can feel my soul leaving my body.

Gone is also an awesome choice!

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