u2 Posts

Hot Town, Summer in the City

I like music. Despite my apparent obsession with U2, I do actually listen to other music.

And when this auction for Jimmy Buffett tickets, with 10% of the proceeds going to GlobalGiving, popped up in my email, I went to YouTube and started listening to Margaritaville.

Sometimes songs will remind me of experiences, places, people, or just a particular point in time. And there’s no better example of that reminder than songs of summer. The following 5 songs are distinctly summery to me.   

Feel free to comment with your own musical summer reminders; I’d love to hear them!

5. Bananarama – Cruel Summer

4. Madonna – La Isla Bonita

3. U2 – Beautiful Day (had to have at least one reference)

2. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime

1. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City

Listening is the New Giving

I came across this article on the New York Times and thought it was an interesting approach to giving – along the same line as knowing your donors and getting involved with things about which they are already passionate.

Product (RED) is developing a digital music sservice, which is scheduled to launch in the fall.  For $5/week, customers will receive three new pieces of exclusive music or audio content from some of industry’s biggest acts: U2, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Emmylou Harris and Deathcab for Cutie.

While (RED) remains controversial for some, I applaud their approach because while I opened this post with an air of scholarliness – I was just perusing the New York Times and stumbled across this article – in truth, I found it on @U2 while I was looking for more information on rumored track called “The Cedars of Lebanon” on U2’s upcoming new album.

I’m a perfect example: find out what people are already excited about and get involved.

Remembering Dr. King

Forty years ago today, the world lost an incredible leader and advocate for human rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For those in the United States, this Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm / 7 pm Central the History Channel will air a documentary about Dr. King simply titled KING. It will also feature this wonderful cover of U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) by John Legend.

John Legend performs PRIDE (In The Name of Love)
by ElectricArtists

Beauty Queens and Landmines

I like people who surprise me.

Not jump-out-of-a-dark-corner-and-shout-boo surprise me, but people who do the unexpected.  It’s a refreshing reminder about the power of humanity and the power of an individual.  Donna told a great story at our staff meeting this morning about kindness and reciprocity, which inspired this blog post.

My friend Molly emailed this article to me yesterday.  I read it, thought it was nice and went about my day.  But something about it stuck with me.  It may be the musical association I attributed to it.  I’m a big music fan, and an even bigger U2 fan; there’s a continual sountrack of life running in my head generally, and after I read that article, I had U2’s “Miss Sarajevo” floating around for a while.

“Miss Sarajevo” was added to the soundtrack of a documentary film with the same name.  Director and humanitarian Bill Carter filmed amidst a war-torn Yugoslavia in the winter of 1993.  Both the documentary and the song captured the story of a beauty pageant held during this time of war and chaos.  The song, whose video is included below, is beautiful and only improved by Luciano Pavarotti singing the bridge.

Those are the kinds of surprises I like.  So when I read more about Miss Landmine Angola 2008, it caught my attention.  For one night, the 10 women will put aside their own discomfort or self-consciousness and challenge the established concepts of beauty, raise awareness about global and local landmines and embody the idea of female pride and empowerment.

The concept of non traditional beauty pageants may not be entirely new, but empowering these women with pride and beauty is definitely a little earth-changing idea that makes you take notice.

Voting is still open, and Miss Landmine Angola will be crowned tonight.  All contentants will receive government help to go back to school or start a small business, and the winner will also receive a new custom-made prosthetic limb.