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Offline Kevplunkett

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Sunday Thoughts on U2.
« on: August 18, 2019, 10:52:09 AM »
 I first discovered U2 listening to a song from War on the radio when I was seventeen. I saw them when they came to Detroit and loved their first four records. Following ‘The Unforgettable Fire’  I generally did not listen to their music as much although I have always sincerely appreciated the song “One’ very much. I think that the band has accomplished a great deal and done as well a great deal of good for the world and in particular for Africa. If I could humbly offer a few (actually several :) suggestions to U2 these would be some of them. (Thank you for reading all of this.)
~ Write songs with nature within them once again. (I always appreciated ‘October,’ ‘Shadows and Tall Trees,’ ‘A Sort of Homecoming,’ ‘Promenade,’ ‘Indian Summer Sky.’)
~ Establish a fundraising concert with many other international musicians and bands in order to raise awareness of and to reduce global warming.
~ Write songs about the need to be full of love and compassion for the people beside us including ‘the least of these.’ (Be my brother/There is no other way out of here. ~ ‘I Threw a Brick Through a Window.’)
~ Write a song about Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and his faith and reconciliation of all peoples.
~ Write a song about the necessity of following one’s heart and conscience wherever it leads including hardships, difficulties and misunderstandings. (I can’t change the world but I can change the world in me ~ ‘Rejoice.’)
~ Write a song about the need to set aside our technology and find peace and meaning in our fellow man and within life itself.
~ Write a song about John the Baptist who needed to humbly ‘reduce’ himself in order that God’s own purpose may be fulfilled on earth. (Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall but You go on ~ ‘October.’)
~ Write a song about Mother Teresa and her wisdom including the fact that ‘every act of love is an act of peace.’
~ Write songs of the brotherhood of man as John Coltrane wrote and performed.
~ Write a song (perhaps with some traditional instruments) about the natural state of Ireland and how it needs to be preserved and reclaimed again.
~ Write a song in honor of Seamus Heaney the fine poet of nature and peace and compassion.
~ Write a new song about how we often find truth and grace within our lives through our own weakness and failures (this has certainly been true for me!).
~ Write about the blessings of genuine love and caring and friendship including within our own families.
~ These are just a few suggestions of mine. Have a fine and peaceful day Everyone. :)



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Re: Sunday Thoughts on U2.
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 05:53:24 PM »
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~ Write a song about the need to set aside our technology and find peace and meaning in our fellow man and within life itself.


~ Write a song about John the Baptist who needed to humbly ‘reduce’ himself in order that God’s own purpose may be fulfilled on earth. (Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall but You go on ~ ‘October.’)

Are you familiar with “Falling at Your Feet”? It touches on exactly the themes you are talking about here:

All the information
All the big ideas
All the radio waves
On electronic seas
How to navigate
How to simply be
To know when to wait
On plain simplicity
In whom shall I trust
And how might I be still
Teach me to surrender
Not my will, thy will

Also, they wrote Salome about John the Baptist.  May not be the kind of song you had in mind but thought I would mention it.


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Offline Kevplunkett

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Re: Sunday Thoughts on U2.
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 07:18:54 PM »
Thank you for this song. I have read the lyrics and will listen to the song. (I was afraid there might be a 'new' song or two that addressed or spoke about some of these topics.) Thank you very much once again.

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Re: Sunday Thoughts on U2.
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 10:19:27 PM »
To be frank: as manager of the lyrics section of this site, you would not believe how many emails about topic recommendations, lyrics suggestions, and musical demands I get that I’m told U2 need to work on by a gazillion well-meaning people around the world. I hope U2 never make art about anything other than what is inspiring them at that moment.

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Re: Sunday Thoughts on U2.
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 01:44:16 PM »
Ian: I appreciate your point as well as the effort and patience it takes to receive so many notes about what the band should be writing about and doing. I think however that for those fans who feel that something special has generally been lost along the way that finding new inspiration in subjects and thoughts and areas of personal interest that were invigorating when they began as well as receiving suggestions on ways to perhaps look at themselves again in a new light can be helpful and beneficial for both the band and the fans. Believe it or not my note was the impossible dream that the band themselves would somehow read it and then come to recognize that the path less taken often creates miracles as many of those old songs I think were. Thank you for writing and responding and have a fine and peaceful day, Ian.