I've been loving all of the U2 I've been getting this week. Every night on Letterman, Friday on Good Morning, America. So awesome.
What it's helped me to do is find "my song" on the new album, No Line On the Horizon. See, you may not know this, but U2 write a lot of songs for me. Really. I'm pretty sure they spy on me and then write about what they see. How else do you explain songs like A Sort of Homecoming, Bad, Where the Streets Have No Name, or Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of? They're for me. (REM does this, too, just so you know.) Well, this time, it's I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight. Only this one is a little different, and I think that's why it too me a week to figure it out. Most of the songs they write for me are just speaking directly to me. This one was written as a conversation between me and God. For example:
Me: It's not a hill, it's a mountain
God: Listen for me, I'll be shouting that we're going to make it all the way to the light
Me: I know I'm not alone
God: Shout into the darkness and squeeze out sparks of light
Cool, huh? Now, the thing is I figured this out Friday morning while watching U2 perform the song on Good Morning, America. And I had a little breakdown as I realized what it was all about. With the tears and the big smile and the singing and all. Which would have been all good and well, but I was at work. With 30 twelve year olds staring at me like I was a complete freak of nature. (Which, let's face it, they already knew. Now they just have proof to point to.) But it was all worth it.
When the song shuffled in during my run this morning, I couldn't help smiling a little more and picking up the pace just a little.
Now I just can't wait to hear it live!
And just as a little side note, at work yesterday, someone I've been working quite closely with for the last 7 years told me that his friend is friends with Bono. In seven years, he's never mentioned this! My U2 love is no secret. Why has this not come up before? He thought my question, "Why have I not met Bono?" was funny. I did not see the humor. I mean, I'm not crazy or anything. I don't want to marry Bono (that's Adam). I'd just love to have the opportunity to say thank you, you know (or scream like a teenager, whichever comes first. But I swear I could keep it on the inside. I think.). I'm going to keep working on this one.....