reflections on social consciousness

cynthia d ross ([email protected])
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 01:22:18 -0500

I have also been a fan since 1984 after having been introduced to their
music by my brother. U2's music has been, and continues to be, a huge
influence in my life. When I went through all those awful times that
kids/teenagers have, the music was there to give me hope or try to
understand what was going on. Also, the music was there for me while I was
struggling with more problems and ideas as an adult. Everything ranging
from God, politics, love, and loss. To me the music still covers the same
topics in a broad sense. I think they really bared their souls publicly in
the 80's and with the 90's came a change. They still put very personal,
intimate feelings into the music but now a little more subtly. It's been 18
years since the first album, and we can all agree they have matured, both
in ability and ideas.
I have introduced many people to U2 over the years and everyone comes away
with different ideas about 'what the music is'. Some say they write mostly
love songs, some say they are a political band, and others say they are a
spiritually based band. I say they have always been these things, even
now. The glaring lights, tv screens, and, (sometimes) outragious fashion
sense are only a medium to convey a message. A message about God, politics,
love, and loss. The same message it's always been.

Finding peace in the neon.

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