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love and peace or else

I remember a line that Bono sings/says during a song or maybe it was in a book; it may not be his words but he says them and I remember them. Something along the lines of “don’t become a monster in order to defeat the monster.”

We really need to not become monsters to defeat the monster of racism.

running away (or running to stand still)

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.

writing

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.

the U2 Joshua Tree tour

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.

get on your boots

I’ve been thinking about Adele. She broke an all-time sales record that is mind boggling: 3 million copies sold in a week!

Her voice really is amazing. I’ve never thought it to be unique or think that her songs were any good until I saw the video for “Hello” and a bunch of promo videos for other songs on her new album. Then her voice finally stood out to ┬áme. Maybe it took this long for her voice to be something or the songs to be something that I would pay attention to.

This made me think of U2. Way back in 2009, on their album “No Line On The Horizon,” there’s a song called “Get On Your Boots,” and it talks about a time that is coming to pass now.

“Women of the future hold the big revelations”

Actually, the whole song talks about a time that would describe today pretty well.

I would like to describe how this is coming to pass, but I’ll keep it short: women are rising up. The future will have powerful women in it.

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The future needs a big kiss
Winds blows with a twist
Never seen a moon like this
Can you see it too?

Night is falling everywhere
Rockets at the fun fair
Satan loves a bomb scare
But he won’t scare you

Hey, sexy boots
Get on your boots, yeah

You free me from the dark dream
Candy floss ice cream
All our kids are screaming
But the ghosts aren’t real

Here’s where we gotta be
Love and community
Laughter is eternity
If joy is real

You don’t know how beautiful
You don’t know how beautiful you are
You don’t know, and you don’t get it, do you?
You don’t know how beautiful you are

That’s someone’s stuff they’re blowing up
We’re into growing up
Women of the future
Hold the big revelations

I got a submarine
You got gasoline
I don’t want to talk about wars between nations

Not right now

Hey sexy boots…
Get on your boots, yeah
Not right now
Bossy boots

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound, now
God, I’m going down
I don’t wanna drown now
Meet me in the sound