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February 26th, 2003

(no subject) @ 06:28 pm

I'm currently feelin: mellow mellow
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Night and Day

Two questions...

1) Does anybody know if there is a video file of The Edge and Bono's Today Show performance on the on any U2 sites yet? I completely forgot about The Today Show appearance this morning :( I know that someone has posted an MP3 of it here but I'd like to see a video of it as well. If anyone recorded it and is willing to make me a copy please email me. I'm in dire need of owning that performance on video! I'm willing to pay anything -- almost.

2) In my English class in a few weeks we will be analyzing songs. Perfect chance to bring in some U2 to the mix. We get extra credit for: writing a one page biography on the band/singer of the song (Score!), playing the song to our class, and explaining the meaning of the lyrics. Which U2 song do you guys recommend I chose? I'm not asking for any help on the analysis part because I can do that fine on my own, I just need some suggestions for what song to pick. There are so many to chose from!

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Date:February 26th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)

Staring at the sun would be awesome...
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Date:February 26th, 2003 06:02 pm (UTC)
"Staring at the Sun" would be awesome, if your class can handle Plato. It would actually be very academic.

If you don't do that I'd pick something popular that your class would have heard of, because the worst thing one can do in high school is give a boring presentation. "One" would be great, or "Walk On" because you could talk about Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma as well as analyze the other meanings of the song. (sorry, can you tell I just attended a Free Burma Coalition conference? :-)
Date:February 26th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
mm I think Running to Stand Still from the Joshua Tree would be great. haha I wish my english teacher would assign stuff like that!!
Date:February 26th, 2003 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hehe, my English teacher isn't technically an "English teacher", she's just a replacement that we've had for about 3 months after our original English teacher had resigned. I think that my original teacher might've done an assignment like this, she seemed cool enough to let us do something like this.
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Date:February 26th, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
When I Look At The World...
or Please.
Those would be my choices, at the moment.
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Date:February 26th, 2003 07:39 pm (UTC)
lol....I happened to be listening to Discotheque off the Best Of when I came across your post and your icon was sooo a pros pos!

Anyway, my first choice would be Stay. It's by far their best lyric, and it's so fun to disect. As I said to someone else on this list a couple of days ago, listen to the lyrics in the context of the song being about a girl who watches too much tv. That's a great angle to analyze it on!

Other choices....
Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
Until The End of the World (just imagine the look on your teacher's face when she hears 'surrounding me/going down on me/spilling over the brim)
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Date:February 26th, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC)
I think I now understand the meaning of Discotheque. I never realized there was one before. You could do that song. :>

The First Time
or, of course, Stay

My wife does a unit on "Music as Poetry" with her 7th grade class. I don't know if they'd be mature enough academically speaking to analyze a song though.

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Date:February 26th, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
"please" or "love is blindness" would work well because you can tie in the music's connection to northern ireland. not to mention they're both great songs. :> my personal favorite, however, is "ultra voilet" (at the moment, subject to later change).
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Date:February 26th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
I personally wouldn't pick a slow song. Just because it may be boring to those that don't really care,you know?

I think that Zooropa would be cool because some of the people would recognize the slogans.

Mysterious Ways is my fave. song so I'd recommend that.

Pop or Zooropa songs would work well! I'm not making sense.. all right!
Date:February 26th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, people may be able to relate better to Zooropa</> than something like one
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Date:February 26th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head:

One Tree Hill (because there are so many allusions there to pick apart)
Numb (just because it would be really amusing to see what your classmates thought of the track)
Please (Popheart version)
*Gone (best of Remix)
Staring at the Sun
*New York- In that same vein, Exit. They need to be played loudly though.
*Until the End of the World
*God Part II
If God Will Send His Angels (I had a field day analysing that one over at Interference)
*Mofo (again with the many, many literary allusions)
*Acrobat (language problems there though)

The ones starred are those I think could work really well because the music is interesting enough to hold the attention of people who really don't care. There are a lot of other U2 songs that are great to analyse and build really, really well, such as WOWY or Zooropa. But Zooropa might be a little too outthere for a class accustomed to Gangsta Rap (although, I played it for a friend and he immediately loved it, and he's not a fan), and WOWY has been heard by, well, everyone.
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Date:February 26th, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
And! And!
I can't believe I forgot Discotheque (with boomchas, thank you). Great song.

Listening to Zooropa again. It might actually work.

[Has just realised that you could analyse just about every song from JTree to Pop sucessfully]
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Date:February 27th, 2003 12:58 am (UTC)
i'm thinking sunday bloody sunday would be great
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Date:February 27th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
If you're a political sort of person, you might want to go with "Bullet the Blue Sky," about US involvement in Central America. There's some very powerful lyrics in that one.
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Date:February 27th, 2003 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, but which version? Talk about "living word", the meaning of that song changes every time it is sung. During Rattle and Hum, it was about Central America. During the Elevation tour, it was about gun control.
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Date:March 1st, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)

WOW, that's such an incredibly cool assignment... I wish we'd been able to do fun stuff like that at school!!

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