Tuesday, December 20, 2005

year long christmas spirit

I LOVE U2. Not in a teenager-paste-my walls-with-their-pics way, but in an adult appreciative kind of way. They are after all my age. I love their music (it always brings me to a happy place), I love how they've been friends since high school, I love the meaning of their messages and I love Bono, his charisma, how he's still married to his high school sweetheart (kind of like me) and how despite being a rich rock star he decides to not just live lavishly but to try to make a difference in the world.

About a month ago, I had the immense good fortune of going to see them live. Hubby surprised me with general admission tickets the day of. Talk about sheer excitement, getting ready, driving there, going in and holding hands like some crazed teenagers on a date. I sang my heart out and jumped up and down, pounding fists in the air. I didn't care what people thought of a forty-something acting like an 18 year old. I had a blast. Truly a total magical evening, best show I've ever been to. It was made even more special knowing that some good friends of mine ;) were also there experiencing it all.

All that to say I was quite excited when I saw that Bono along with Mr and Mrs Bill Gates were nominated people of the year by TIME magazine in recognition for their humanitarian work.

So Bono not only surrounds us with great music, he also spreads the Christmas spirit of giving and helping and loving year round. Definitely noteworthy.

1 comment:

BeachMama said...

Great news! I didn't know that he was nominated, but that is fantastic.

I do know that some people think I am a little U2 crazed. But, although they are a little bit older than me, I do love all the things that you do about them. Like you I don't plaster my walls with posters, etc. But, their music has always been part of my life since the first time I heard it. That was over 20 years ago when my friends band at school sang "Walk Away". I was thrilled to pieces when they sang it at the concert, I almost cried :)

Their gift is their music, Bono just adds a bit more of a gift, by offering a little extra politics into the mix.

Thanks for letting me know :)
Anna - who's son asks for "good music" if we aren't listening to U2 in the car.