U2

i’m really excited…


what started my excitement was this.

then i saw this.

yes, it’s the World Cup.

i enjoy Soccer (or futbol as it’s called in the rest of the world) in 2006 i watched many of the WC games.  there was this amazing national fervor from the teams competing that i found fascinating.  one of my favorite things was during the pregame introductions when the teams(and the crowds) would sing their national anthems.  amazing.

(side note: i think it’s a shame that American athletes in international competitions rarely sing the Star Spangled Banner.  that should be required homework to be on the national teams.  i’m not a zealous flag waving patriot, but if you are going to represent my school or my country, you’d better know the song)

i’m hoping to watch at least a game or maybe even two with my good buddy Kit Taupin.  Kit will be rooting for his beloved English Footballers, while i of course will be pulling for Team USA.  in our discussions about soccer, terminology often comes up that maybe would be confusing for the casual American soccer fan, so i thought i would include some European (British) soccer terms so that we all might understand better.

kit=uniform

pitch=the field

footy=soccer

match=game

club=team

keeper=goalie

boots=soccer cleats

striker=forward

middy=midfield

back=defender

side=team

treble=winning 3 trophies in one season.

and speaking of  “treble’s”, here is a short video of Argentinian star Milito scoring the two goals in Inter-Milan’s UEFA Cup win over Bayern-Munich.  enjoy,  especially the “Goooooooooooaaaaaaaallllllll!!”

it would be an understatement to say that i’m excited about this….


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that’s right. on March 3rd U2 will release it’s new album No Line On The Horizon to North America (if you didn’t know, albums release in Britain on Mondays and North America on Tuesdays)  I’ve heard the single “Get On Your Boots” and I AM EXCITED!!

to understand my love of U2 we would have to go back to the 80’s.  we didn’t have MTV, but we did have Friday Night Videos and a vivid picture that is burned in my brain is one of Bono singing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at Red Rocks.  i remember always wanting to see that video with the air so crisp and cold that we could see his breath.  the song, and that performance in particular, was filled with such passion.  then in my later years of high school The Joshua Tree came out and I vividly remember sitting in my house (we had MTV at this time) and watching the video to “Where the Streets Have No Name”.  i had the same feeling.  it continues through all of their albums.  U2 is pure musical passion!

you can read more about the album release here. I’m currently reading Chuck Klosterman’s interview with U2 preceding How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.  the story is amazing.

and for you fans.  here is my FAVORITE U2 song.  LIVE as only it should be performed.

today i’m pondering the greatness of U2!


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i was listening to “All You Can’t Leave Behind” today and had an idea that i’m sure someone already has in the works, because there is nothing new under the sun.  I was listening to “New York” and thought, how cool would it be for someone to make a movie/musical based on U2 songs, ala “Across the Universe” and “Moving Out”.  so if anyone wants to collaborate on that, let me know.  otherwise Twila Tharp and Julie Taymor will beat us to it.  i have this uncanny ability to place songs in cool context and come up with great stories, so if someone wants to help me write a script and arrange the songs, then lets get on it.  we could win a Tony.  haha.  like i said i’m sure someone else is already on it.  Bono, if you are reading my blog, drop me a comment or an email and let me know what you think.  i would definitely donate all proceeds to Red and One!

what band’s music do you think would be a good soundtrack to a movie or musical?  i’d like some comments on this one.