A theme that I’ve noticed in myself and some of my friends in conversation is the thought of running away. Just getting out of the car, just leaving the house, just leaving the country. All because of the same thing: not liking the present situation for whatever very deep and difficult reason(s).
It’s comforting to run away. It’s fun to run away. It’s great to not deal with whatever we don’t want to deal with. But now is the time where running away isn’t an option anymore. There’s too much to leave behind, too much that would fall apart if we left. So, now we have to change, we have to mature, we have to grow.
But growing up hurts. Growing pains are real. I think you never really grow out of growing pains.
However, I do plan to run away to a U2 concert. I have previously said that I wasn’t interested in going to the see the Joshua Tree tour, and while I am not as interested in this tour as the previous tour, it’s hard to say no to these guys. Actually, it’s hard for me to say no to their screens. I love their visuals, and screens have played a huge part since Achtung Baby.
And there’s some irony in it, of course. The original Joshua Tree tour was all old-school, with just lights and smoke or something. No screens. The complex technology of today didn’t exist back then, so back in the 90’s using lots of bulky TVs to make one big collage was what they did for Achtung Baby and that was considered groundbreaking.
This time, Joshua Tree at 30 looks like it has an old-school screen in the sense it’s only one large flat panel on one axis, but it looks SO GOOD. I think it’s maybe 4K or 8K resolution, so it’s going to be immersive. And that’s what I love so much about U2 shows. That’s why I gotta go.
I’ve recently started reading “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott. It’s about writing. And everything she says is true, fortunately and unfortunately.
Today, instead of writing something important, I’m writing about a book on writing, and not even really writing about it, just mentioning it.
I’ll also mention the U2 Joshua Tree tour starts tomorrow. While I’m not as excited about this tour as their previous tours, I am very curious about the show and set list. If it surprises me, then I might be tempted to buy an overpriced resale ticket and go.
Finally fiddled with Garageband and figured out something…my timing needs work. But I posted the song anyway. Nothing fancy, just an ambient drone thing with guitar and a MIDI keyboard. I never thought I would use MIDI, ever. Well, never say never.
It’s nice that the boys from Dublin are doing this show. Has it been 30 years since “The Joshua Tree?” Oh, how we are all aging, except for those who have never heard this album. It seems hard to believe, but there are people who may not know who U2 are and awesome songs like “Where the Streets Have No Name” or “Bullet the Blue Sky.”
I have mixed feelings about bands doing the old stuff, the greatest hits. Normally I would jump at the chance to see the band play, but I’m not buying tickets for this tour. Oh, I’m sure there’ll be surprises, maybe some new songs played, but I’ll hold off until maybe I hear about the first shows and then get a ticket if it really sounds like fun.