Re: About this age crap....

Robbie Robinson ([email protected])
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 11:42:45 -0700

Tina Darrell wrote:
> Who really cares? What does it really matter? Why oh why did you bring
> this up? Where you that bored? Or were you stupid enough............?
> Oh no! I'm only turning 17 this November!!! I better get all my U2 cd's,
> tapes, records, posters and BURN THEM.....for I am not worthy......
> When it comes down to the wire (no pun intended I assure you) what the
> "older" generation of U2 fans are saying is that the younger are not as
> deserving or grateful or appreciative or whatever as they are........
> Don't you see? Or are you all blinded by the heat of an argument? We ALL
> love U2's music.....we ALL love what they do......and how they do
> it.......we ALL love U2!! Isn't that enough? What makes me a better or
> more "bonded" U2 fan than the next person? A person's perception and
> understanding of what they offer us is completely individual (
> irrespective of age I might add) .......and it should stay that way.
> You say you're 36-38? How about acting your age? You have no
>'ve lived through more than us......
> Tina da Achtung Chick

This whole thing started because MODSAVAGE didn't express what
he was talking about clearly enough. He isn't that good a writer;)
What he was getting at with the "bond" thing was the generational
bond everybody has with those people that are their age or a year
or two younger or older. It's a thing that's always existed, I
think there's even a scientific term for it:) It's that thing that
causes "generation gaps". It just comes from people going through
the same growth stages at the same time and being molded by the
same common experiences toghther as a group. If I'm expressing
myself clearly. Let's put it this way, for example, do you find
it easier to talk to and relate to people your own age than somebody
10, 15 or 20 years older or younger? You'll always feel more easily
connected to people your own age or close to it for the rest of
your life, it just works that way.

As for understanding and relating to U2's music. Anybody can do that
if they try. It has nothing to do with age. However, I do think that
age has *some* effect in that area. Here's an example of what I'm
trying to get at:
A person (probably, but not necessarly, young) that's never been
in love would relate to songs like "Love is Blindness" or " So Cruel"
differently than, say, a 20 year old that had been burned by a
bad love affair. A person that's been scarred-up on the battlefield
of love for over 20 years would probable be finding levels to those
songs that the 20 year old I spoke of never even imagined.
It's each persons level of experience in life that effects how they
relate to each song and that growth in experience *usually* happens
over time. I like it that way, because when you think about it, that
means you can be going back to U2 songs every few years for the rest
of you life and still be finding new levels to them. I'd hate to
think I understood each U2 song perfectly already. It'd leave me
with no where to go with them, if you get my drift. I want to still
be discovering things about them when I'm 58. Eventually, when you
reach a certain age you stop growing physically, but you can alway
continue growing emotioanlly. I think Bono and U2 as a whole do.
I want to continue growing along with them and in that area :)



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