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Formentera

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Formentera

When C. Smith suggested that we head to Spain for our next vacation I was definitely on-board and I knew what my “A” as going to be – Formentera. First let me explain what “A” even means. Whenever we travel we both make a list of our A, B and C priorities. A = not leaving until I see it, B = Let’s try very hard to see it, C = Would like to see it if we can make it work. Truthfully we rarely make it into C territory because our A’s often do not align and take some coordination. Formentera was no exception. I had read an article about...

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The Joshua Tree – With or Without You

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The Joshua Tree – With or Without You

I’ll start with two stories. The first takes place around thirty years ago.  Three dudes are sitting in an early model pickup truck driving from a smaller town to a small town.  This particular early model truck has a bench seat, which is especially nice for girls sitting close, and also if you need to fit three boys and a payload of a half dozen boxes filled with party decorations.  On that day, the boy’s mission was delivering these party decorations to the country club party room for the upcoming high school prom. It was good afternoon. ...

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The Joshua Tree – Where the Streets Have No Name

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The Joshua Tree – Where the Streets Have No Name

“We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It’s like God suddenly walks through the room.” –  Bono   The big one. The one The Edge composed as “the ultimate U2 live song” and “one that a fan would want to hear.” The one the public voted as their favorite of The Joshua Tree Album. U2’s most recognizable song. The one inspired by Belfast, Ireland where your income and religion is defined...

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The Joshua Tree – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

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The Joshua Tree – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

We are now in the home stretch.  The last three posts, and purposefully, the first three songs of The Joshua Tree album.  These three songs are the three biggest hits of the album, and although purists might argue otherwise, are the best musically and lyrically of The Joshua Tree. For all Joshua Tree posts, I re-listened to all of the songs from the album through a music streaming service, and not through You Tube videos.  This was purposeful.  I did not originally listen to or was influenced by U2’s music through videos.  Instead, I...

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The Joshua Tree – Bullet the Blue Sky

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The Joshua Tree – Bullet the Blue Sky

U2 goes political. Bullet the Blue Sky is a political song that condemns US foreign policy for promoting unrest in Central America and was inspired by Bono’s trip to Central America in 1958 with Amnesty International.  Bono wanted  Edge to play a song that amplified the troubles that he saw and experienced while in El Salvador.  Arguably their most political song, over time the band has changed the politics of the song from everything from Nazism to consumerism. Overall the song doesn’t resonate much with me.  However, there are three great...

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The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill

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The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill

I encourage you to listen and watch the video above. I think the footage is from a recording from the third leg of the original Joshua Tree tour.  One Tree Hill was not part of the set in the first two legs of the tour, for Bono felt he would be too emotional to finish the song.  You see, the song is written about Greg Carroll, someone close to him and the Band and who had died just before the recording of The Joshua Tree. Bono met Greg in Aukland, New Zealand in 1984 during the Unforgettable Fire tour.  Apparently, Bono was not adjusting to...

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The Joshua Tree – Red Hill Mining Town

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The Joshua Tree – Red Hill Mining Town

According to legend, Red Hill Mining Town has never been performed live. Bono has said before that he often would write songs that he couldn’t sing.  Apparently, the notes were too high for Red Hill Mining Town, and trying to hit the notes would wreck the show.  I’ve purposefully not read any review, blog post, or set list from this tour and will enter Cleveland Browns Stadium with no preconceived ideas about this concert; however, I have read the intent is to play the complete Joshua Tree album. Seeing Red Hill Mining Town live is going to...

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The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared

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The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared

It’s the last song of the album.  And it got me thinking about last songs, on albums.  Honestly, I can only think of one other album where I know the last song.  Murder by Numbers, Syncronicity, The Police. Here’s a story about that last song, Murder by Numbers. The bar is on the left as you enter.  It’s a three quarter race track bar, with stools on three sides.  On the opposite side of the table from the door, is a popcorn machine, a stack of red plastic bowls sits beside the machine. The pool table sits around the corner,...

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country

  From what I’ve read about The Joshua Tree album, the over arching theme is America.  I believe this to be true and In God’s Country certainly has many ideas about our country.  From the desert theme, which occurs throughout the album, to every other lyrical reference, Bono describes his version of America. As I listened to the song again, two things crossed my mind.  God and our Country we live in today.  Do we really live in God’s Country? As a young boy, one of the many question I asked my Mother, a deeply religious...

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Sunscreen, Betsey Johnson and a Village

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Sunscreen, Betsey Johnson and a Village

Tomorrow is my birthday. I actually enjoy birthdays, and truthfully I don’t even mind getting older. Getting older just means getting better in my mind. I love that I have life experiences to share and hopefully some wisdom to go with it. Older is not the problem, aging is. Aging, that is the thing am battling on a daily basis. Shortly after I turned 30 my skin started rebelling, dark patches appeared almost overnight, and if I even stepped into sunlight, watch out, they became even more pronounced. After a trip to the dermatologist, I...

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